Developing new forms of mobility
Developing new mobility solutions involves thinking differently about transport, innovating for smoother traffic flows and encouraging the development of new forms of mobility with lower CO2 emissions, such as electrically powered transport, car-pooling and autonomous shuttles.
In 2018, Eiffage Énergie Systèmes and its partners launched Mia, a fully electric autonomous shuttle. It has been trialled in Lyon and offers a pioneering solution to the transport issues encountered in business parks. Mia recharges its batteries automatically via a photovoltaic shade system when stationary.
We encourage the emergence of other forms of public transport by trialling systems in situations that given them greater prominence, such as when they have their own site or lane. For example, AREA operates a shared-use hard shoulder on the A48 just outside Grenoble. This actively managed experimental system, operating over a 10 km stretch, aims to keep traffic moving on the motorways into the city and reduce pollutant emissions.
Getting behind electric mobility and car-pooling
APRR and AREA have continued to invest in electrically powered mobility systems and car-pooling. At end-2018, 55 motorway service areas in the APRR and AREA networks were fitted with rapid and ultra-rapid charging stations (87 in all), equivalent to one charging point every 50 km on average. These complement the five Tesla Supercharger stations equipped with ultrarapid (120 kW) charging points, which provide enough power for a range of up to 300 km.
Both companies plan to inject fresh impetus into car-pooling under the motorway investment plan approved by the French government in late 2018. By 2021, APRR and AREA plan to introduce a further 1,700 and 250 car-pooling spaces, respectively, in addition to the 1,088 that were created between 2014 and 2018. And in 2018, a new partnership with the start-up ParkingMap was secured in conjunction with the Porte de l’Isère municipal authority for the Grive car park on the A43 motorway. Thanks to this partnership, people can now use an app that shows in real time the number of parking spaces available and where they are located.
additional car-pooling spaces planned by 2021 by APRR and AREA