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Electric cars will soon be rolling on the streets of Tartu


Detailed description of the Good Practice

As soon as the news about getting electric cars in exchange for the emission quotas was published, the Tartu City Government submitted an application for getting 30 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars. The electric cars will be given free of charge to the social workers of the local governments for performing their duties. In addition to the cars given to the social workers, the Tartu City Government applied for a purchase grant for buying four electric cars which would be used by the city government officials for work-related travel.

climate change
energy efficiency
good governance
renewable sources of energy

Objectives of the Good Practice

to help social workers to do their job faster and more efficiently by providing better care and servicing for more people

Participants of the Good Practice

social workers and their clients
city of Tartu

Target group of the Good Practice

social workers of Tartu and their clients

Funding of the Good Practice

city of Tartu

More Details of the Good Practice

Improved quality of social services
The social workers of Tartu will get the electric cars in November and the cars will remain in their possession until 2015. The funds received by selling the emission quotas will be used to install electric vehicle recharging infrastructure across Estonia. Each car that Tartu gets will be accompanied by one recharging point. In addition, there will be 15 public recharging points in Tartu. The high number of new electric cars will bring about a dramatic improvement of the quality of social services. This will help dozens of social workers to do their job faster and more efficiently by providing better care and servicing for more people. This is good for both the social workers and their clients.
The maintenance of electric cars is considerably cheaper than that of regular vehicles, which reduces the cost of travel per one kilometre. This enables the City Government to cut costs on work-related travel.
Innovative and future oriented steps
The introduction of electric cars is an innovative and future-oriented project, which helps to save energy and the environment. It is for this purpose that compressed gas fuel has been taken into use in public transport. There are five public transport buses that use gas fuel in Tartu now. It is forecast that by 2018, half of the bus fleet will be using gas, and the aim is to start using environmentally friendly biogas as a fuel in public transport.
Environmentally friendly public transport is one of the key words in the development plan of the city of Tartu for years 2012-2020, which is open to public debate at the moment. Tartu has joined the project ”Baltic Biogas Bus“ in order to promote environmentally friendly public transport.

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Contact details

Raimond Tamm
Tel. +372 7361 213, +372 515 4738

Data sources and references

Baltic Cities Environmental Bulletin 2/2011