New electric buses, more trams and bike lanes. These are some of the levers on which the plan to relaunch Roman mobility more sustainably will rest.
Stefano Brinchi, president and CEO of Roma Servizi per la Mobilità, spoke about it in an interview with the web portal of Eurocities (eurocities.eu), the network that brings together more than 200 European cities in 38 countries to share information, needs and experiences on climate change, social equality and economy. The main objective of the Administration is to provide a public transport network that represents a real and efficient alternative to private transport.
Improve the current mobility and then innovate. For example, with hydrogen buses or those that use the so-called super-condensers. An experiment, on line 64 Termini-San Pietro has tested this idea, since last October. A "smart bus" completely electric and without batteries travels on this line. The efficiency, which can vary between 25 and 45 kilometers, is guaranteed by this super-condenser that is charged in a few minutes through the use of a pantograph installed on the roof of the vehicle. "We installed a fast electric charging station at the terminus of the 64 in St. Peter. Once the vehicle arrives, it is plugged in there for a few minutes to charge the super-condenser," explains Brinchi. Compared to battery chargers, the super-condenser is lighter so the bus can carry a few extra passengers along its route. In addition, these devices can recharge a bus about 100,000 times during its lifetime compared to 7,000 for batteries. And once disposed of, each part can be recycled.
At the same time, Roma Servizi per la Mobilità is working on hydrogen buses. An innovation, which also looks to the future, with an event like the Jubilee of 2025 that will draw millions of people to the city.