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Electric street trains

Malmö

Detailed description of the Good Practice

It would appear that the future is electric in Augustenborg.‘Kommunteknik’, Malmö’s Direct Works Department, based in Augustenborg’s industrial estate, now has Sweden’s largest electric vehicle fleet, residents have started up an electric car pool, and the world’s first electric street trains glide quietly through the streets, powered by eco-labelled electricity. The Green Line’s electric trains link a number of peripheral housing areas in Malmö and provide easy access for residents to services such as bank, post-office, health centre and pharmacy that otherwise may be hard to reach within the earlier public transport system.
The two street trains currently in service were designed and manufactured by a newly started local business with support from Lund University’s Industrial Development Centre. 15 new jobs have been created in the Street Train Sweden AB which has now interest from a number of other local authorities, transport companies and other organisations.

sustainable transport

Objectives of the Good Practice

The objective was to provide the district of Augustenborg with environmental friendly possibilities for transportations. At the same way, the new way of transportation should connect the peripheral housing areas in Malmö with the services of the city.

Participants of the Good Practice

City of Malmö
Street Train Sweden AB in cooperation with Lunds university

Target group of the Good Practice

The citizens of peripheral housing areas.

Funding of the Good Practice

Businesses along the route have sponsored the trains and see them as a way of keeping and attracting new customers to small shopping areas under pressure from out of town centres.

More Details of the Good Practice

Electric trains stops linked by broadband to a GPS system will in the near future offer real time travel information to travellers at home or waiting for the trains.
The train capacity is 28 passengers in two carriages, they have a max. speed of 30 kn/h and have rubberised wheels. With their battery unit and unique steering system the trains can be used flexibly without the ned for infrastructure such as cables or rails. The narrow gauge enables the trains to drive on cycle tracks for short distances. providing a better service to the residents by getting into the heart of the communities.

Additionally, Augustenborg also has an electric car pool which is open for all residents and is run by local paople with a start up support from the MKB housing company and a number of other partners.

Documentation and documents

www.ekostaden.com

Available files

Data sources and references

Baltic Cities Environmental Bulletin 2/2000