At the end of micromobility expo, Hanover (20 May 2022)

micromobility expo 2022 sends clear signals for a mobility turnaround

  • Conference participants call for a rethink away from car-centricity
  • More diversity and equity in road transport
  • Light vehicles should be promoted more strongly by the federal government
  • Hanover (20.05.2022). The micromobility expo in Hanover sent clear signals for a mobility turnaround in urban areas. Particularly in view of the current climatic and economic situation, a rethink away from a car-centred approach towards resource-saving, flexible and cost-efficient mobility is needed. The focus of the micromobility expo was therefore on climate-friendly solutions, more diversity and equality in road traffic, the intelligent interaction of modes of transport, new infrastructure measures and fresh ideas for micromobiles and light vehicles.

    More than 1,400 spectators followed the conference on screen and around 200 participants were live on site at the Technology Academy. "We are pleased about the lively participation at the micromobility expo and the intensive and very constructive discussions. The clearly formulated demands and the wealth of possible solutions clearly showed that a mobility turnaround is feasible and that micromobiles and light vehicles can make a significant contribution to it," emphasised Florian Eisenbach, Project Manager of micromobility expo at Deutsche Messe.

    The expert conference on 19 May offered seven hours of strong impulses, inspiring ideas and lively discussions on micro mobiles, light vehicles, mobility infrastructures and services. The speakers were unanimous on one point: If you want the mobility revolution, you have to implement it quickly. There is a wide range of offers, the appropriate know-how is available and the political will is also there.

    Belit Onay, Lord Mayor of the City of Hanover, spoke at the micromobility expo about multimodal mobility and the vision of a car-free city centre: "People's mobility behaviour is also a matter of habit. Spaces have to be experienced differently." Therefore, Onay called for an opportunity debate and tailor-made concepts that include social justice and participation.

    The mobility expert and author of the book "Autokorrektur" Katja Diehl goes one step further and wants to take away the privileges of the car. For the mobility expert, a fundamentally new concept is needed in which mobility is no longer defined by the car, but by people and their needs: "Everyone should have the right to lead a life without a car." In her opinion, more people would give up their cars if there were good alternatives. Five aspects are important: Availability, safety, affordability, accessibility and climate justice.

    Prof. Dr. Stephan Rammler, Scientific Director of micromobility-expo partner IZT - Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment, put it in a nutshell: "Micromobility can only prevail if we take the space away from the car." However, Rammler also admitted that this requires many discussions and takes time. "We have to have discourses. Participation takes time, but in a democracy you can't do without it."

    The micromobility expo made a significant contribution here by bringing together mobility experts, decision-makers from public administration, project developers from science and society as well as providers of mobility solutions and triggering a dialogue.

    Another important topic of the micromobility expo was the promotion of micro mobiles. Markus Emmert, chairman of the BEM (Bundesverband eMobilität), appealed to the federal government to promote all light vehicles. It is not acceptable to only talk about the promotion of automobiles; there is a need for promotion of L1e to L7e vehicles. According to Emmert, politicians fail to recognise the great potential of light vehicles, because "mobility is part of the basic supply. Everyone must be able to be mobile."

    The micromobility expo not only offered an informative and inspiring conference program. The 30 or so exhibiting companies and institutions also provided an overview of the products and solutions that make the mobility turnaround possible in the city and in rural areas, both in private and business environments. The offerings ranged from electric cargo scooters and mopeds in retro design as well as professional transport bicycles to secure parking systems, networked mobility and creative charging infrastructures to hybrid e-bikes and low-maintenance cargo bikes.

    The following companies were on site with their exhibits and solutions: 1-2-Drive, Bolt, Braunschweig Zukunft, Cake Bikes, CarIT Automotive, Dimoco, Eleasa, E-Velo-Cabrio, hannah!, HighQ, Hopper Mobility, Majestic Boards, Moovi, ONgineer, Räderwerk, Second Ride, ShareX Mobility, Sigo, Tiler, TÜV Nord, Velogold, Velowerk, Voylt (VisionE), Waterman Charging Systems, Wolf Feinmechanik and Zweckverband Abfallwirtschaft Region Hannover.

    On top of that Bundesverband eMobilität BEM, Metropolregion Hannover Braunschweig Göttingen Wolfsburg as well as the media bfp Fuhrpark & Management, SAZbike and Veloplan were present with their own booths as well.

    Partners of the event are the Metropolitan Region Hannover Braunschweig Göttingen Wolfsburg and the IZT - Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment in Berlin.

    The next micromobility expo will be held over two days at the end of May/beginning of June 2023 in Hannover.

    More information at https://www.micromobilityexpo.de/en/