More than 100,000 electric scooters already roam the streets of Polish cities. E-bikes and other forms of zero-emission micromobility are also gaining in popularity. This is happening across the CEE and the European Union. The prospects for further development of this sector, new business models, optimization of the law, support instruments and international best practices will be discussed by experts from all over Europe during the New Mobility Congress 2023. Topics of EU cities pursuing new models of transport and decarbonization will also be explored with the support of KNM’s key partner EIT Urban Mobility.
Micromobility and multimodality is becoming increasingly popular among Poles. In cities such as Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan, Gdansk, Lodz or Wroclaw, it is becoming more and more common to see various types of personal transportation. One of the most popular choices is the electric scooter. Rentals, which offer short-term rental of these vehicles, have become common sight in the centres of most cities (they are currently available in about 90). Using e-scooters is not only an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional cars and cabs, but also a way to avoid traffic jams and save time when traveling around the city.
Bicycle rentals are also part of the micromobility development in Poland. By-the-minute rental systems are already in place in about 80 cities, encouraging residents and tourists to use this ecological, cheap and healthy form of transportation. In addition, electric scooters or small electric cars, which are ideal for commuting, are available on the Polish market – as part of carsharing platforms. As of the end of March 2023, almost 90,000 vehicles were registered in the Polish shared mobility market – in the self-service category. These figures include both two-wheelers and cars, which can be rented via mobile apps or directly from vehicle owners.
Micromobility – a natural component of multimodality and innovative urban transport
This is a foundation for the development of low emission zones in Poland, as the reduction of vehicles is a necessary step in the decarbonization of cities and urban zones, more and more cities in the CEE also invest in electric buses and hydrogen buses. This is important because last-mile solutions have to depend on a robust system of buses and rail transport. A topic which will also be explored more thanks to the great partnership between PSPA and EIT Urban Mobility at the KNM 2023.
Poland recorded a year-to-year increase in micromobility by 44% but our capital also boasts one of the largest EU e-bus fleets and multiple urban areas are also looking into FCEV public transport solutions. So city transport is becoming greener and more innovative every month – says Aleksander Rajch, PSPA board member. – We are proud that the New Mobility Congress will be able to explore these topics with the support of our esteemed partners from EIT Urban Mobility which is really the EU beacon to innovate city transport solutions – adds Rajch.
KNM2023: a leading event in the world of transportation
KNM is the largest e-mobility and zero emission transport sector event in Central & Eastern Europe which will bring together industry leaders, researchers, government and administration representatives and all those interested in the future of mobility. One of the topics at this year’s Congress will include micromobility and multimodality as an integral part of the future transportation system in cities. Among other things, the KNM 2023 will present a “Strategy for the New Mobility Development” diagnosing 8 key challenges and containing a total of 15 recommendations for action, the introduction of which will allow the development of new forms of mobility in Polish local governments. During the conference, the “National Bicycle Strategy” project will also be launched. In addition, leading stakeholders and industry representatives will discuss the necessary regulatory changes to stimulate the development of the micromobility sector in Poland, as well as best practices in this area implemented in European cities. PSPA is proud that all those topics and other significant city transport issues will be addressed with the support of EIT Urban Mobility.
– The upcoming Congress provides an invaluable opportunity to foster collaboration, inspire innovation and pave the way for a sustainable and inclusive transportation ecosystem. I’m excited to meet other experts, share insights and ideas on how to collectively drive the transformation towards smarter, greener and more connected mobility solutions – says Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility.
KNM and EXPO
The New Mobility Congress 2023 is the fourth edition of the largest conference in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe dedicated to the development of the sustainable transportation market. The event will take place from September 26 to 28, 2023 at the EXPO Lodz space.
This year’s KNM will also feature the region’s largest exhibition of zero-emission technologies in transportation, aimed at suppliers and clients of e-mobility solutions from across Europe. The expo will accompany the entire congress, covering 3 exhibition zones – indoor and outdoor, constructed on 19,000 square meters. The organizers promise more than 100 exhibitors from the region and 2,000 visitors. The formula will enable numerous premieres, demonstrations, tests and networking.
The program of the New Mobility Congress will be based on six strategic thematic paths:
- CEE GTI Summit – a summit of sustainable transportation leaders in the CEE region
- Poland Drives e-Mobility – a platform for cooperation of key stakeholders of the electromobility market in Poland
- Battery Day – EBA Summit – a conference of manufacturers and experts in battery technology for the automotive industry
- Green Fleet Forum – ESG – a forum for the fleet industry, companies most involved in the implementation of electric drives
- eHDV Forum – a forum of HDV market participants dedicated to the development of the zero-emission heavy transport sector
- Hydrogen Mobility Forum – a forum of key stakeholders in the commercial uptake of hydrogen technologies in transportation.
The conference will last 3 days and will be held on 6 stages. The organizers promise 300 speakers and debaters and 200 substantive agenda elements.
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