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Changing Mobility

The proportion of mobility that is sustainable - considered to be the use of public transport, hybrid and electric vehicles and bicycles - has seen significant growth in Italy in recent years, albeit at levels below elsewhere around the world. Changes in how we use the urban environment will, in the long run, have a direct impact on the very shape of our cities, in part as a result of a new coordinated planning approach to urban territory and the different flows associated with various types of mobility. These flows are increasingly diverse, and partially driven by state and municipal incentives. Vehicle sharing networks - cars, scooters and bikes - are designed to encourage multimodal travel, especially in city centers, where more and more councils are restricting private vehicle access, while imposing softer restrictions on hybrid and electric vehicles. The transition to electric mobility in Italy still has some way to go before it is complete. Above all, this is because charging infrastructure in Italy is still comparatively underdeveloped (around 9,000 charging points according to the E-Mobility Report) compared with other countries such as Norway and France (which have 85,000 and 60,000 points respectively). Building the necessary infrastructure will without doubt require significant work in towns. The majority of charging stations today are private, and therefore inaccessible to third parties; it is to be hoped that an extensive and reliable network will be developed that is accessible to all. Until this becomes a reality, electrically-fuelled cars will probably remain less widely-used, and are unlikely to take over as people’s main form of transport, for once thing because there is currently no guarantee that charging infrastructure managed by different entities is interoperable. State incentives for purchasing and using hybrid and electric vehicles are far lower in Italy than in other European nations. Other countries offer subsidies for purchase,...

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