Towards sustainable mobility in the Alps

In recent years, awareness of the environmental, social, and economic impact of tourism has increased. Due to its particular geographical characteristics, the area on the border of Italy and Switzerland is a popular place for hikers, whose numbers continue to increase. However, a greater influx of tourists also means more pressure on local ecosystems, which can sometimes result in a deteriorating quality of life.

Public administrations are thus faced with a new challenge to promote the development of tourism while respecting the environment. Promoting more sustainable mobility is indispensable for achieving this goal.

The MOBSTER project has analysed the infrastructure requirements and the need for services linked to electric mobility in South Tyrol, the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, and the Canton of Ticino.  The results give a broad view of the current situation and future prospects for the three border areas.

How widespread is electric mobility today? How will we move about in the future? What is the best spot for electric car and bicycle charging stations? The Mobility pattern report and the Atlas of infrastructure needs for electric mobility, by Eurac Research, offer local authorities ideas and suggestions for defining sustainable strategies.

The documents provide valuable support for regional planning and are available free of charge in Italian on the project website. The areas potentially suitable for the installation of new charging stations are shown in three interactive maps, which can be seen at the website