Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management visit Tribus
- 17 February 2022
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Working project Urban Mobility: Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management visits members of the Dutch RAI Association
An effective mobility policy is in line with developments in practice. With this in mind, the RAI Association, in collaboration with a number of members from the mobility industry, organized several workvisits for a select group of policymakers from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
The theme of the day was to make urban mobility more sustainable and based on a number of practical examples, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, consisting of Marion Smit, Kate de Jager, Tobias Wolters, Erik van den Eijnden en Lotte van der Werff, was taken on a mobility tour along entrepreneurs from the electric van, bicycle and scooter industry.
The future is zero emissions. At the Tribus Group in Utrecht, Erik Henneken, Herman Rigterink and Tom van Steijn showed what it takes to make electric and hydrogen buses for Dutch passenger carriers. The RAI Association took the opportunity to point out to the IenW delegation once again that commercial vehicles are heavier due to the battery pack or fuel cell and therefore usually exceed the legal 3,500 kg limit. This poses new challenges for which a suitable solution must be found for both passenger and freight transport. The success of the transition stands or falls with low-threshold use.
The invited guests were not only impressed by the innovations, but also by the importance of these companies for the Dutch mobility industry. Tobias Wolters: “It is good awareness to realize that we also have our own mobility industry in the Netherlands. After a delivery van rolls off the factory line at a company like VDL in Helmond, it is converted again in Utrecht, for example, by a company like Tribus“. For most policymakers at the Ministry I&W, the visit was an ‘eye-opener’: Erik van den Eijnden, for example, said that after the visit to Tribus, he would look at light vans with new eyes.
Read the full Dutch article via RAI Vereniging.