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About UEMI

Leading in Sustainable Urban Mobility

The Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI) is a global movement driving the transition to cleaner, more livable cities through electric transportation solutions. Launched by UN-Habitat in 2014, UEMI brings together industry leaders, governments, and cities to achieve a shared vision: 

30% electric vehicles in cities by 2030. This ambitious target will significantly reduce urban CO2 emissions, contributing to the fight against climate change.

How We Work

Transportation is a major source of air pollution, particularly in cities. Electric vehicles offer a cleaner alternative, improving public health and reducing premature deaths.

Sustainable urban development: Electric mobility is integrated with improved urban planning, prioritizing people-centered design and public spaces.

Economic growth: The electric mobility industry creates new jobs and stimulates low-carbon economic development.

Industry and city commitments: Manufacturers, energy providers, and city governments pledge to increase electric vehicle adoption.

Capacity Building: UEMI facilitates knowledge exchange and best practices to accelerate the global shift to electric mobility.

Partnerships: UEMI partners with cities, industries, small businesses, and research institutions to develop innovative electric mobility solutions. Over 100 partners collaborate on real-world projects.

Fellowships: UEMI provides Fellowship opportunities for junior and senior researcher as well as students writing their Master Thesis or pursuing their PhD. 

Projects: UEMI acts as resource centre and provides opportunities for direct collaboration on projects focusing on sustainable urban mobility and the role e-mobility can play in it.

Expert Pool: UEMIs pools expertise, facilitate exchange and initiate implementation oriented actions. 


Mobility Hub of the Urban Living Lab Center (ULLC)

The Mobility Hub of the Urban Living Lab Center is hosted by UEMI.

The Urban Living Lab Center is co-hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Technical University Berlin (TUB) and the Wuppertal Institute, building on the collaboration with UN-Habitat. The objective is to build on a range of joint projects and providing the platform for other actors and projects in the field to broaden and sustain the programme. The network of Labs and Hubs is meant to support the implementation of action-oriented urban development projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, boost synergies and minimise duplications. The founding group acts as initial driver of the partnership and provides resources to the development and coordination of the partnership. The intention is that during the course of the programme activities are integrated in the on-going academic and capacity building work of all partners.



UEMI as an open forum for knowledge transfer and support


With commitments from industry and government, UEMI functions as an open forum for knowledge transfer and support for the take-up of e-mobility solutions around the world. It initiates a process of dialogue and continue to gather commitments from local and national governments as well as businesses on e-mobility targets. The Action Platform has been established with a work programme setting out voluntary international, national and city targets on e-mobility such as the global market share of electric vehicles and total number of passenger kilometres travelled on e-vehicles. While these targets will be voluntary in nature, a global monitoring system will be developed to track progress on implementation.


Based on the Memorandum of Understanding with UN-Habitat, the UEMI secretariat works on the development of national action plans for low-carbon urban development and local implementation concepts to deliver on the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement ( This will support national and local action and international dialogues linked to the UNFCCC and Habitat III processes. To assess the gap between current climate change mitigation actions and efforts required for a 1.5 Degree Stabilisation Pathway national and city-level decarbonisation pathways are being developed by the UEMI in close cooperation with a network of partners from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. ​​

Urban Change Maker 

The Urban Change Maker Group tackles these issues through a development of a research group to further analyse linkages and highlight the role of different policy and governance approaches in stimulating low-carbon urban development solutions. This analysis builds on transport and urban development research, but takes a transdisciplinary perspective. It builds on the Multi-Level-Perspective on sustainability transitions and aims to highlight the potential for a consensus oriented policy approach that builds on co-benefits among key policy objectives and coalitions among key political actors, which leads to the main question for the research group and the focus areas for the analysis.

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