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ESPRIT project: Stack and tow - portable electric vehicles good for environment and traffic flow

Lightweight electric vehicles capable of being stacked together are to be trialled in three cities by a ground-breaking EU-funded project.

The objective is to distribute car-sharing vehicles more effectively at low operating costs and to promote intermodal public transport. This would cut congestion and reduce environmental impact.

One-way car sharing in cities continues to grow in popularity, enabling people to pick up a car and drop it off at another location. This can mean however that vehicles are left in inconvenient places, far from where demand is highest. The three-year EU-funded ESPRIT project was launched in May 2015 to develop a custom-built fleet of electric vehicles that can be towed for efficient redistribution. The concept will be trialled in three different locations: Glasgow, Lyon, and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, south of Barcelona.

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