NME - Next Mobility Exhibition, the event dedicated to vehicles, solutions, policies and technologies for a sustainable mobility system is scheduled from 8 to 10 May 2024 at Fiera Milano. After the success of last year's edition, NME is relaunching its offer by focusing on integrated sustainable mobility. Organised in partnership with AGENS (Agenzia Confederale dei Trasporti e Servizi), ANAV (Associazione Nazionale Autotrasporto Viaggiatori) and ASSTRA (Associazione Trasporti), NME is an exhibition and a platform on which to discuss and redesign cities through environmental sustainability. Modal integration and digitisation represent growth opportunities for a sector that in Italy generates a turnover of around EUR 12 billion per year, with more than 5.5 billion passengers transported and employs more than 124,000 people. In the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), the resources allocated to the transport sector amount to a total of EUR 61.3 billion. The six missions in which the investments focus are: digitisation, innovation, competitiveness and ecological transition. Specifically, an amount of EUR 8 billion is available for the renewal of the LPT bus fleet and the construction of infrastructure to support the spread of alternative fuels (methane, electric, and hydrogen) for the period between 2019 and 2033. Investments that have turbo-boosted the bus market in Italy, which in 2023 is doubling the 2022 figures. The figures, extracted from the Anfia portal, speak of 2,672 vehicle registrations in the period from 1 January to 31 August 2023 against 1,378 in the same period in 2022, reporting a 94% growth. Zero-emission vehicles are also on the rise: 174 electric buses in the first eight months of 2023 for +145% increase compared to the year 2022. These numbers represent a share of 22.6 per cent, in line with the shares of the Clean Vehicles Directive, but far from the European average of 37.5 per cent.
NME 2024 will give space to the railway and fixed-gear sectors, scooters, bike sharing, self-driving shuttles and the futuristic prospects of air mobility. In short, an integrated mobility that can provide more convenient, efficient, and environmentally friendly transport solutions while reducing road traffic, pollution, and urban congestion problems. These goals rely on careful urban planning, zero-emission technologies and digital networks. And just a few days ago that the provisional ranking of Mobility as a Service for Italy, better known by the acronym MaaS4Italy, was published. The Department for Digital Transformation of the Prime Minister's Office has in fact made public the provisional ranking, with the Autonomous Province of Bolzano at the top, followed by Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont. Veneto, Apulia, Campania and Abruzzo are also in the game.