The overall aim of the Local E-motion project is to work with local people and communities to explore the opportunities for local e-transport hub-based schemes, and to co-design sustainable and well evidenced proposals that will best meet the need of those in rural communities who want to make affordable low carbon transport choices.
The technologies and services in scope are the personal e-transport options which could provide a viable alternative to single occupancy journeys in privately owned combustion engine cars. The alternatives which will be considered at the outset are shared and privately owned e-scooters and e-bikes, privately owned electric cars, electric car clubs, and demand responsive transport (DRT).
The project is supported by the UK Community Renewal Fund (CRF), which is providing £220 million to help places across the UK prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UK SPF), expected to be launched by the end of 2022.
The project has two specific objectives, which are to:
- Undertake research, community engagement, and feasibility, deliverability, and business case development work for pilot schemes to deliver affordable personal electric transport choices in two areas of North Yorkshire.
- Co-design virtual and/or physical hub-based holistic and bespoke personal e-transport solutions with the communities of (and visitors to) four diverse settlements by using hyperlocal data and community insight.
The primary output from Local E-motion will be a suite of reports and bid-ready business cases for locally appropriate personal e-transport scheme(s), which are either commercially viable or can be submitted as a bid to the Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022 and/or any other suitable grant funding programme.
In turn this will reduce car use through modal shift and demand reduction. The project will benefit local communities, particularly those at risk of being left behind in the transition to a low carbon future, delivering a greener, fairer, stronger North Yorkshire.