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Dortmund bids to use ‘hidden’ parking spaces to cut congestion and increase electric mobility

Dortmund wants to tap unused private parking spaces to cut congestion and pollution and boost electric mobility.

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The City of Dortmund has applied for €200,000 in funding from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure to expand its PuLS (Parking & Shopping in the City) project.

 

Dortmund would use the funding to put electric vehicle charging infrastructure in private parking areas and make it publicly available via a sharing platform.

 

Research has suggested that as much as 30 per cent of a city’s traffic is people looking for somewhere to park. A study by Dortmund’s planning office found that many residents’ backyard parking spaces and garages are often unused during the day – as they have driven their car to work, for example.

 

Through the PuLs initiative, these temporarily unused parking spaces could be used for other cars as well as serving as charging stations for electric cars.

 

Through the PuLs initiative, these temporarily unused parking spaces could be used for other cars as well as serving as charging stations for electric cars.

 

Boosting e-mobility, cutting congestion and emissions

 

The PuLS initiative aims to accelerate the transition to electric mobility in Dortmund as well as reducing congestion and emissions.

 

The decentralised infrastructure for charging electric vehicles will be linked with parking space sensors, with a particular focus on private parking spaces in busy inner-city areas.

 

As part of the project, Dortmund will look to develop a platform that enables communication between parking-space-owners and those that need a space, as well as automatically identifying free parking spaces.

 

The City expects to receive the grant in the spring, should its application be approved.

 

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