City Showcase in China

The City Mobility Week of China was held in Chengdu from 11 to 14 November 2014. It was organised in conjunction with the 12th edition of Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB), a yearly global summit on sustainable mobility.

The event consisted of sessions, hands-on activities and expositions. It gathered stakeholders from all over the world, who discussed technologies, public policies and economic tools to advocate for an improvement in urban life quality through sustainable mobility.

Representatives from the Chinese government, Chengdu Transportation Commission, Chinese and European Cities and Chinese and European industry were among the high level speakers taking part in this international encounter.

Opening and keynote presentations
Welcome to the workshop Mr. Antoine Feral, Michelin
Key note speech from the Michelin group Mr. Patrick Oliva, Michelin
Key note speeches from the European Commission Dr. Laurent Bocherau, European Delegation China and Mongolia
Successful experiences of cooperation between Europe and China on ITS Dr. Yanying Li, ERTICO – ITS Europe   
Overview of China Transit Metropolis Policy Dr. Haoran Chu, Transport Planning and Research Institute, Ministry of Transport, China
Sharing Good Practice from Cities
Saving energy and new uses in cities:A Sustainability Challenge Mr. Jacques Saint Marc, Interministerial group Mobility, French Governement
Successful experiences from Montpellier Mr. Francois Job, City of Montpellier
Successful experiences from London Ms. Natalia De Estevan-Ubeda, Transport for London
Successful experiences from Horsens and e-Mobility activities Mr. Mogens Løkke, ECOMOVE, City of Horsens (sister city with Chengdu)
Gothenburg’s experiences and electric buses in urban mobility Mr. Joakim Svensson, VOLVO Group, City of Gothenburg
Successful Examples on Urban Mobility
Big data and public transport Ms. Liyuan Gong, Transport Research Centre, Jinan, China
Implementation of Zaozhuang’s BRT network Dr. Xinmiao Yang, Tsinghua University, China
Shanghai Transportation Policy and ITS Solutions Mr. Zhu Hao, Shanghai Comprehensive Transport Planning Institute
Last mile intelligent driving in urban mobility Prof. Hui Chen, Tongji University
Technology and Sustainable Mobility
Big Data Services of Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Mr. Zhengguang Guo, Shanghai Hangsheng Industry Co., Ltd
Electric car sharing deployment within large company fleet Mr. Samuel Loyson, Orange Smart Cities
Parking management and sustainable mobility Mr. Richard Harris, Xerox
China Smart Traffic’s Construction and Application Mr. Tiejun Liu, China Siwei Surveying and Mapping Technology Co. Ltd.
Public transport in Chengdu Mr. Xiang Mao, Department of Public Transport, Chengdu Transportation Commission
Zero Emission Urban Bus System Ms. Stephanie Leonard, UITP

Chengdu is the capital city of the Sichuan Province and it is the commercial, financial, and technological heart of western China. Chengdu is 4th biggest city of China, with over 14 million inhabitants, and it has an extensive public transport network consisting of metro, Bus Rapid
Transit lanes (BRT) and conventional bus.

The city has been rapidly extending its metro infrastructure. Currently there are two metro lines in operation and five under construction. Moreover, Chengdu has the firs BRT on elevated urban motorways. Pedestrians use the elevators and zebra crossings installed to grant them easy access to the bus stops.

There are also rental bicycles for public use, and electric bicycles are gaining popularity for their convenience to move around the city.

Taking that into account, this city showcase included:

The showcase included:
  • Electric two-wheelers: Giant presented different kinds of electric bycicles, while BMW Motorrad showcased electric motorbikes and scooters.
  • Electric tricycles: Electric tricycles are widely used by Chinesse delivery companies in urban areas.  They are considered a potential game changer for Innovative urban last-mile logistics systems. Although most tricycles presented were for logistics,there were also some models available for people’s mobility, which can carry up to two passengers each.
  • Passenger cars: The exhibition included cars powered by batteries, fuel cells and hybrid systems, such as BMW i3, Tesla, Renault’s ZOE, Kangoo and Twizy, SAIC’s (Shanghai Automotive Group Co), Roewe E50 pure electric car, Roewe 550 plug-in hybrid and Roewe 750 fuel cell. To prove the power of these innovative and green vehicles, an Intercity Rally was held on 11th November. SAIC’s Roewe E50 was the winning car.
  • Buses: A number of buses for urban transit, most of them from China, were challenged during the City Bus Rally. Both internal combustion engine vehicles and electric ones could compete. The winner of the electric bus category was the Yutong E7 model.
  • Heavy Good Vehicles: SHACMAN presented its HGV D’Long M3000 and HGV D’Long X3000, powered by Liquefied Natural Gas.

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