Promoting urban mobility using renewable energies

Project description

Title: Global programme TUMIVolt – Urban mobility from renewable energies
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Global
Overall term: 2019 to 2022

An electric tram and an electric bicycle in Cuenca, Ecuador


Ambitious steps are needed to achieve the targets of the Paris Agreement and to limit the increase in global temperatures. At the same time, many cities are facing the challenge of reducing air pollutants and noise to improve the quality of life for residents.

In addition to traffic prevention and promoting a shift to active, public and shared transportation, electromobility is a technological option for achieving climate and environmental goals. However, comprehensive national or municipal strategies and concepts for introducing electromobility in an environmentally, economically and socially compatible manner are only available in a few cases.


Cities in the Global South are introducing electromobility solutions and are increasingly relying on renewable energies.

An electric bus in Florianopolis, Brazil


The programme improves planning skills in the areas of policy-making and administration for all aspects of e-mobility. To this end, it is involved in the following fields of activity:

  • The programme supports the implementation of integrated e-mobility concepts in Cuenca in Ecuador, and Lviv in Ukraine.
  • It supports up to 500 cities with the introduction of electric buses as part of the ‘TUMI E-Bus Mission’. Support for the procurement of up to 100,000 e-buses will be provided by 2025.
  • The programme provides knowledge on e-mobility and strengthens the exchange of information on the topic at local and international level.
  • It develops guidelines on e-mobility for public decision-makers.
  • It creates structures and networks to strengthen the role of women in the long term.

The programme works with national and international partners, including the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLOCAT), the C40 Cities network, the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) network, KfW Development Bank (KfW), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

Last update: December 2021

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