Promoting the e-bike, e-motorbike sharing model

June 16, 2023

Hue City, 16 June 2023 – A national workshop to promote the design and adoption of an electric vehicle-sharing model in Viet Nam took place successfully. The event was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport (MoT), the SolutionPlus project (Viet Nam component), and Thua Thien Hue province, with the participation of nearly 100 delegates from ministries, provinces, cities, research institutes, businesses participating in person and online.

The workshop focused on sharing experiences, successes, and challenges of conventional bicycle-sharing models, electric bicycles, and motorbikes from many cities worldwide and in Viet Nam. At the same time, the program also discussed issues related to policies and activities to develop green transport, circular economy, and respond to climate change.

A representative from the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Tran Anh Duong – Deputy Director General – Department of Science, Technology, and Environment – Ministry of Transport, emphasized the importance of green energy transformation in the transport sector to achieve net-zero emissions. It is an international trend, and localities need to show Viet Nam 's contribution to promoting green transport development. "To promote the development of green, sustainable transport towards achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 in Viet Nam, the Prime Minister has approved the Green Energy Transition Program, reducing carbon and methane emissions of the transport sector. A key task assigned by the Prime Minister to the People's Committees of provinces and cities is to develop the public transport system using electricity in the locality."

Speaking at the workshop, Mr. Dao Xuan Lai, Head of Climate Change and Environment, UNDP Viet Nam, said that "over the past two years, with the support of the Government of Japan, UNDP has been implementing supports and initiatives to create an ecosystem for electric vehicles and develop green transport at the national level and implement a number of pilot models electric transport conversion point at the local level, promoting sustainable transport. The sharing model is an important part of the connectivity of ensuring the smoothness of public transport in urban areas, so we need to consider, invest and support this sharing model as an inevitable part of public transport." 

He added that "the workshop should focus on several points that bring about the success of the shared models, analyze the missing issues in policies, institutions, urban planning, technology, standards, maintenance, and operation, ensure safety for users, methods of management, and mobilization of social resources. These issues will be further researched and proposed reasonable solutions to promote the development of this mode of mobility in Viet Nam ese cities."

Mr. Gabriele Gíutiniani, the UNDP transport expert, shared an overview and experiences on sharing models of electric bicycles and motorcycles in the world. He emphasized that sharing transportation is an effective solution to reduce traffic congestion and environmental pollution. 

Mr. Le Van Dat, UNDP Transport Institutional Specialist, presented an overview of the Bicycle Sharing System in Viet Nam, including relevant institutions and policies. He stressed the importance of building an enabling environment and clear regulations to encourage the development of this system.

Ms. Kathleen Dematera Contreras, a transportation expert of the SollutionPlus project, shared some experiences with bicycles and electric motorcycles sharing from Asian and European countries. She introduced successful models and important lessons that Viet Nam can apply to promote the development of bicycles and electric motorbike sharing.

Representatives of Tri Nam Company presented the bicycle-sharing model in Viet Nam and the successes achieved. They introduced their operations and plans to expand this model.

The workshop highlighted the critical coordination role between national governments, local authorities, private companies in the transport sector, technology companies, financial institutions, and development assistance organizations. At the same time, people's attention and use are also considered an important factor in the process of developing a bicycle and electric motorcycle sharing model through the management model lesson from Spain, through the presentation of Mr. Carlos Mateo.

The workshop also made proposals on green transport infrastructure development planning and technical standards for bicycle and motorbike sharing models. Experts also assessed current challenges in managing and operating this mode of mobility, including policy, institutional, technological, and social resource mobilization aspects.

Mr. Phan Hoang Phuong, an Institute of Transport Strategy and Development representative, introduced orientations to develop green transport in Hue city. International measures and e-mobility experience were also presented to provide sustainable solutions for urban public mobility.

In the context that humanity is facing enormous challenges of climate change and environmental pollution, the green energy transition in the transportation sector has become an urgent task. The seminar made an important contribution to the sharing model of transportation by providing an overview of international activities and experiences in this field.

For more information, please contact:
Phan Huong Giang,
Media and Communications Analyst, Climate Change and Environment,
United Nations Development Programme in Viet Nam
Tel: 0948466688