Project: Pre-feasibility study on the electrification of the Tunisian Post Office’s fleet Level: National Geographical area: Africa
Commissioned by GIZ (the German Agency for International Cooperation), in collaboration with ANME (the National Agency for Energy Control) and MEMER (Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies), the objective of this pre-feasibility study was to define and evaluate renewal options for the Tunisian Post Office’s fleet, more specifically for replacements by hybrid or electric vehicles.
Following the development of an international benchmarking illustrating the strategies followed by various Post Offices around the world in terms of non-conventional vehicles and renewable energies, the strategic analysis proposed by Ubiquity Consulting focused on different vehicle segments belonging to the Tunisian Post Office’s fleet. A set of works, scenarios calculations and estimates (greenhouse gases emissions, cost of ownership of vehicles) was developed by our experts to determine the economic, social and environmental return after fleet renewal, as well as to determine the potential implementation of electric vehicles within the Tunisian Post Office’s distribution or sorting facilities nationally. In order to foster the organisation’s sustainable growth and reply to a potential increase in energy demand, scenarios for vehicles were complemented by scenarios for photovoltaic installations for implementation in facilities nation-wide.
The information gathered in this pre-feasibility report should enable the concerned ministries to make informed decisions in terms of introducing non-conventional vehicles in Tunisia (and more specifically in the Tunisian Post Office’s fleet) and promote the use of renewable energies on the national territory. A number of recommendations concerning the regulatory framework, the import of non-conventional vehicles or even self-production and self-consumption of electricity were formulated, which may serve in the future as references for upcoming legislations on energy transition and sustainable mobility in Tunisia.
Project: Market and Feasibility Studies for new Ride-Hailing Services Level: Regional & National Geographical Area: Europe
Ubiquity Consulting prepared market and feasibility studies for the cities of Madrid and Barcelona, commissioned by a ride-hailing company interested in a potential entrance on the Spanish market in both cities.
These strategic studies involved assessing the local legal frameworks and current transport – and especially shared transport – situation, but also proposing scenarios for potential ride-hailing operations deployment.
In a changing and sensitive political environment marked by UberPop’s temporary ban from operating in Spain in 2014, followed by Blablacar’s Spanish court sentence in early 2017 asking authorities to rule on whether their activities were actual transport services or if they were only acting as a social platform, our client’s intentions were to define business opportunities and risks in the light of legislations in place both in the Barcelona and Madrid provinces and at national level (legislations in force, taxis and private hire vehicles licensing processes, market regulations and barriers to entry, competent authorities, etc.).
After completing the market study, Ubiquity Consulting focused on the feasibility study and proposed different operational scenarios, taking into account competitors and mobility players already present on the market, economical indicators, vehicles advantages (e.g. using electric vs. conventionally fuelled) and proposing an assessment of risks and benefits for each scenario proposed.
2018 has been the year of diversification for Ubiquity Consulting: our experts have had the opportunity to collaborate, write or present on a wide range of topics linked to governance, sustainability, urban mobility or even renewable energies.
Ubiquity Consulting’s team also shared expertise on innovations for the mobility sector, such as the blockchain, MaaS, electric vehicles or shared mobility.
With so many changes and opportunities to seize in the transport and mobility world, we therefore hope to be able to collaborate with you and your team in 2019 to make our sector always more sustainable and innovative!
Happy New Year! Feliz año nuevo! Bonne année! Feliz ano novo!
During the months of January and February 2018, Ubiquity Consulting had the opportunity to develop a complete assessment on the potential of electric vehicles and other sustainable road transport solutions in Cape Verde.
This assessment was part of a NAMA Facility Support project launched by GIZ (the German Development Agency) in collaboration with ECREEE (ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency) and CERMI (Center for Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance), aiming to reduce the greenhouse gases emissions issued from the transport sector at the national level.
The role of Ubiquity was to provide an assessment of the current transport situation in Cape Verde, and consequently propose sustainable transport alternatives to be implemented. To do so, the Ubiquity team visited Praia (the Cape Verdean capital) in January in order to meet and interview stakeholders operating in the transport and energy sectors (governmental agencies, international institutions, private players). Back in its Madrid offices, the team was able to draw its first conclusions: While Cape Verde has a huge potential in term of renewable energies (wind and solar), this potential is still underused by the transport sector, although it could strongly favour electric mobility options.
It was the first time that such an amount of qualitative and quantitative information was gathered for the transport sector in Cape Verde. Together with the subsequent analysis and conclusions, this study may then be used in the future as a cornerstone document for the transport sector at national level.
Throughout this year, Ubiquity Consulting collaborated on projects across a broad range of business sectors: missions on transport, mobility, technology and energy efficiency topics kept our collaborators busy, working on new mobility networks and innovative vehicles, electric buses and ferries, or association management and representation of interests at European level.
Ubiquity’s collaborators also participated in several European events: the new tech discoverer Smart Cities Expo in Barcelona, the mobility management ECOMM Conference in Maastricht, or the startups and new technologies hunter South Summit event in Madrid.
Plans for 2018 also look very promising: Between the elaboration of the very first Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for a major East European city, our participation in a network of new technologies consultants aimed at city-level decision-makers, or the implementation of sustainable and innovative transportation solutions at national level for a developing country in Africa, our experts will not have time to get bored.
Ubiquity Consulting will also be presenting on the topic of the blockchain’s potential applications for urban transport at the occasion of the 2018 Future of Transportation World Conference next June in Köln!
We wish you all the best for next year and would like to thank you, clients and collaborators, for your commitment, which has now been stretching over the past three years.