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Electrifying Urban Freight Transports: A Breakfast Seminar

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban freight transport is essential for creating sustainable cities. However, emissions from this sector continue to rise. Many European countries have introduced financial incentives to encourage using electric vehicles to reduce emissions in urban freight transport. Despite these efforts, electric vehicles account for only 1.2% of new registrations for light commercial vehicles (LCV), a small portion compared to the higher adoption rates seen in passenger vehicles. Indeed, the literature still identifies the high costs of electric LCV as a significant adoption barrier. This presentation will focus on the impact of financial incentives on the total cost of ownership of electric LCV in the EU and their role in achieving cost-competitiveness of electric vehicles. Additionally, it will explore the factors influencing the diffusion of electric LCV and specific determinants addressing disparities across the European Union.

Time: Tue 2024-06-04 08.30 - 09.30

Location: Drottning Kristinas Väg 40, ITRL

Language: English

Participating: Carolina Ribeiro

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Carolina Ribeiro
Carolina Ribeiro

Carolina Ribeiro is a PhD candidate at the Division of Energy Systems, ITM School. Her research focused on decarbonizing urban transport systems, looking into energy and transport policy and tools. Currently, she is focused on decarbonizing urban freight transports, specifically on the diffusion of electric light commercial vehicles. She is identifying and assessing the factors influencing the spread of electric LCVs while developing optimization tools to enhance charging and freight operations.

Since beginning her academic and professional career, her main interest and motivation have been to contribute to urban sustainable development , think about peoples’ quality of life, and preserve natural resources. Before pursuing a PhD degree, for 11 years, she worked in public and private companies in Portugal. Her expertise lies in project management, urban transport and mobility, and strategic urban and regional planning. She worked as a transport and mobility expert at Parque Expo (2007 to 2013), a state-owned company devoted to strategic urban regeneration and urban planning. She was involved in national (Portugal) and international projects (Angola, Algeria, Cape Verde, Egypt, Morocco, Mozambique) commissioned by local, regional and national public authorities and international organizations such as the European Investment Bank. Between 2014 and 2017, she worked at SPI, a private company engaged in areas that cover various interdisciplinary projects involving urban and regional planning, innovation and economic development and public-funded projects and programs.

Please use the registration form to sign up for the event (you will receive the Zoom link once you have signed up): . We will also serve breakfast sandwiches at ITRL (Drottning Kristinas Väg 40) to those participants who wish to attend the seminar in person.