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Sustainable mobility and logistics for post-pandemic second tier cities

The initiative puts forward a new inter- and transdisciplinary approach to develop an emission-free, energy-independent and space-efficient mobility system based on car sharing and drone-based logistics to meet the influx of newcomers in second-tier cities without the construction of new heavy mobility infrastructure, such as metro and tram lines, tunnels, bridges and widened streets.

MaaS-Lane is designed based on the potential of edge technologies tested in the pilot tests on electric vehicles (EVs), drones, surface solar panels, wireless electric charging and hydrogen generation and storage, which are combined into a large-scale approach to mobility and logistics.

Incorporating four universities with expertise in (1) geography and spatial planning, (2) traffic engineering, (3) logistics and (4) electronics engineering, the project aims to develop and evaluate the potential of its new approach in 169 second-class, and new first-class, cities in the EU and China and, together with the partner municipality, customize detailed MaaS trajectories for the cities of Xi'an (China) and Nijmegen (Netherlands). NY MORMAL aims for a broader impact by developing knowledge hubs, an interactive GIS database on the 169 cities for researchers and policy makers, and an online platform for citizens.

Coordinator: Wageningen University, Department of Environmental Sciences (Europe), Chang'an University, College of Transportation Engineering (China).

Partners: Beijing Jiaotong University (China), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Municipality of Nijmegen (The Netherlands), Xi'an Transportation Development Research Center (China), Energiforsk (Sweden).

Total contribution: SEK 3 390 000

Start date: May 2, 2023 

End date: April 30, 2026

Type of action: research