ECOmove contributes to making Copenhagen carbon neutral

E-cars from Danish ECOmove will contribute to realising Copenhagen’s vision of being Denmark’s first carbon neutral city by 2025.

carbon neutral city

The Danish e-car developer ECOmove and the City of Copenhagen just inked an agreement on the leasing and development of five e-cars for the city in 2012.

ECOmove is very close to launching the innovative e-car QBEAK which will also be the basis for e-cars that the City of Copenhagen now plans to lease. The city authorities will provide input as to how an e-car should best be designed to meet city requirements.

The decision to use e-cars is part of the city’s vision of making the capital carbon neutral by 2025. In 2009, the city introduced the Copenhagen Climate Plan that includes 50 initiatives for cutting CO2 emissions in Copenhagen by 20% before 2015, and simultaneously the city adopted the ambitious vision of making Copenhagen the world’s first carbon neutral capital by 2025.

Danish supplier selected

The important thing now is to realise the many initiatives in the 2025 plan. This is one of the reasons why our choice fell upon ECOmove’s QBEAK e-cars, says Ayfer Baykal, Mayor of the Technical and Environmental Administration of the City of Copenhagen.

“The focus on electric and hydrogen/electric cars is part of the ambitious Copenhagen Climate Plan. Therefore, we have decided to cooperate with ECOmove to contribute to the development of Danish e-cars that match city requirements. We place great emphasis on the growth potential in this agreement. Our ambition is to attract green, innovative enterprises to Copenhagen and make the city a laboratory for tomorrow’s green solutions, with a view to creating growth in the capital”, says Ayfer Baykal.

One of the initiatives of the City of Copenhagen is to focus on the establishment of an infrastructure for electric and hydrogen/electric cars.

The energy efficient e-car

The QBEAK e-car from ECOmove was conceived as an e-car right from the beginning and therefore represents innovation in several parts of the production chain. As an example, the car is based on lightweight materials and a simple structure. The wheel suspensions have built-in motors, and the chassis is modular and can be sized up or down. Motors are housed in the wheels which allows for extra space inside the car and reduces the need for service. The lightweight structure makes the car particularly energy efficient, and it goes up to 300 km on one recharge.

QBEAK can be adapted and fitted to customer needs with up to 6 seats and a boot of up to 2.5 cubic metres. Hence, the car can easily be converted into a small van if needed. Last, but not least, QBEAK is flexible in terms of energy modules. It can be ordered with up to 6 energy modules and is also ready for hybrid plug-in.

ECOmove has already made agreements with the municipalities of Horsens and Hedensted on the delivery of e-cars to for their home care services etc.

The investors behind ECOmove, whose development division is located in the Vitus Bering Innovation Park in Horsens, are the Energi Horsens foundation and Østjysk Innovation.