Reducing environmental impact with 'stackable' cars


Description of impact

"Specialising in the sustainability of transport systems, Dr Richard Mounce and Professor John Nelson from the Centre for Transport Research (CTR) at the University of Aberdeen took part in a project to develop a new mode of transport to mitigate these challenges.

Funded by the European Commission’s Green Vehicles sub-programme of Horizon 2020, the ESPRIT (Easily diStributed Personal RapId Transit) project consortium brought together 18 partner organisations from across Europe, who exchanged interdisciplinary knowledge, research and expertise. "

Project summary and aims

Most densely-populated cities face the challenge of pollution and congestion caused by high volumes of traffic. Whilst air and noise pollution continue to increase and roads remain overcrowded, it becomes even more important to identify sustainable, flexible solutions to reduce environmental impacts in urban areas.

Although one-way car sharing can be a quick and effective way of travelling from one point to another, this is often an expensive option and can cause an unbalanced and unreliable distribution of vehicles throughout the city.

Outcomes to Date / Future Developments

Impact statusImpact Completed (Open)
Impact date2017 → 2018


  • Energy transition