Electrified l-category vehicles integrated into transport and ELECTRICITY NETWORKS
THE ELVITEN PROJECT
ELVITEN demonstrates the usefulness of light electrified vehicles for urban transportation. Our focus is on bicycles, scooters, tricycles and quadricycles (EL-VS). We work for more innovative, more sustainable and more connected urban mobility in Europe.
The main findings of ELVITEN’s final event
The presentations and recordings of this event are available here.
On 21 October, the ELVITEN project celebrated its conclusion with a final event dedicated to sustainable mobility.
This event was attended by more than 200 individuals interested in the accomplishments of this project, and 8 partners coming from the different pilot cities presented the main findings of the research and elaborated on user’s behavior regarding EL-Vs.
ELVITEN promotes innovation, sustainability and urban mobility in Europe through demonstrating the usefulness of electrified L-category vehicles (EL-Vs) for urban transportation in six pilot cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala.
Overall, 644 users registered to use the service in the six pilot cities for a total of 38,866 trips. With the COVID-19 pandemic, pilot cities became a privileges observatory to assess changes in mobility: there was a major increase in light electric vehicle usage in the 6 demonstration cities at the end of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Silvia Andreussi, Project Manager City of Rome – IX District (RomaC), gave an overview on how Rome pilot project has been implemented, from the signature of usage agreement, to the creation of Regional Support Groups, from the collection of data to the dissemination activities. Now that ELVITEN is coming to an end, the city of Rome will continue investing in EL-Vs and will collaborate with the Polytechnic University of Bari to define a Plan for Light Electric Mobility in Rome.
Alessandro Rinaldi and Prof. Maria Pia Fanti from Polytechnic University of Bari gave a look to the future, explaining how cities could adapt for a smooth deployment of EL-Vs. In particular, a plan for EL-Vs is now necessary: public authorities are called to redesign urban space to facilitate an efficient diversification of the mobility offer and ensure coexistence of different transport modes.
Anna Antonakopoulou, from ICCS, presented the usage and acceptance of light electric vehicles in the six demonstrations cities. In fact, she explains the collection of data which allowed the understanding of the acceptance of such vehicles from its 67 users and during 38.866 trips. Based on different figures, it was demonstrated that the users who did not use the vehicles on a regular basis, became with time, regular users.
Cino Repetto, from T-Bridge, forwards an interesting element which affected the data of EL-Vs usage. In fact, during the last months of experimentation, pilot cities became a privileges observatory to understand how COVID-19 pandemic changed the mobility system. The needs and habits of users have been profoundly changed by this pandemic and will have repercussions in the years to come. Jose F. Papi, from S3Transportaton, shows that there was a major increase in light electric vehicle usage in the 6 demonstration cities at the end of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Maria Georgakaki, from EMISIA, explained that when it comes to introducing EL-Vs in urban mobility, there is no evidence that replacing passenger cars with electric vehicles will reduce travel times. Additionally, the study of EL-Vs acceptance showcased the important role and influence of facilitating conditions, hedonic motivation, experience and habit towards the behavior use of EL-Vs. However, further research should be made to understand this innovation in terms of urban mobility
In order to better understand the project, you are welcome to watch the final video here.
The presentations and recordings of this event are available here. On 21 October, the ELVITEN project celebrated its conclusion with a final event dedicated to sustainable mobility. This event was attended by more than 200 individuals interested in the accomplishments of this project, and 8 partners coming from the different pilot cities presented the main […]
The ELVITEN Project in Pictures
2nd World Light Electric Vehicle Summit (22 to 23 November 2017)
PPRS 2018 (27 March 2018)
ITS World Congress (18 September 2018)
AEC 2018, Avere E-mobility Conference (18 October 2018)
ITS European Congress (4 to 5 June 2019)
7th World Collaborative Congress (18 to 19 September 2019)
Restart Mai City (27 September 2019)
STA Annual Conference and Innovation awards (26 November 2019)
Urban Mobility Days (29 September and 2 October 2020)
ELVITEN’s final event (21 October 2020)
2nd World Light Electric Vehicle Summit (22 to 23 November 2017) PPRS 2018 (27 March 2018) ITS World Congress (18 September 2018) AEC 2018, Avere E-mobility Conference (18 October 2018) ITS European Congress (4 to 5 June 2019) 7th World Collaborative Congress (18 to 19 September 2019) Restart Mai City (27 September 2019) STA Annual […]
The achievements of the ELVITEN project
The EU funded ELVITEN project, after 36 months of intensive research work, is coming to an end. The ultimate aim of the project was to familiarize and boost the general public to the Light Electric Vehicles’ (EL-Vs) use after long-term demonstrations as well as to encourage the integration of EL-Vs in European urban transport.
More specifically, ELVITEN project offered 225 EL-Vs in six European cities – Trikala, Rome, Bari, Genoa, Malaga, Berlin – which were available to citizens through long-term or short-term rental and sharing services. Furthermore, the project developed and offered to both users and authorities, supporting ICT tools and services to facilitate and promote the EL-Vs’ use, such as Booking application, SmartCard application for collecting and cashing points of ecological driving, fleet management, etc. The vehicles were equipped with positioning and speed recorder, while all applications were collecting data from the EL-Vs’ use and user perceptions as well.
As a result of the ELVITEN vehicles’ demonstrations from April 2019 to June 2020, a big data bank was created, including data from 41,450 trips and 8,856 questionnaires with the users’ perceptions regarding the vehicles’ use and electromobility in general. Based on these, the project partners developed business models for rental services as well as guidelines for transport and planning authorities, aiming to integrate the light electric vehicles in urban transport system, and suggestions for improvements to vehicle manufacturers. It is worthy to mention that the European project ELVITEN through a sequence of communications and dissemination actions, such as the Regional Support Groups, the Let’s Go Electric social media campaign, etc., attracted various audiences, bringing together both citizen and policy makers.Picture 1, ELVITEN Light Electric Vehicles
ELVITEN accomplished its initial aim for a more sustainable, clean and green transport system, confirming the environmental and economic benefits in citizens’ daily life and the society in general. The use of light electric vehicles contributes to the decrease of fuels emissions, thus in important improvement of life in urban environments. The recent pandemic situation showed the way for the development of an observatory to understand the effects of COVID pandemic to transportation system for European citizens. Summarizing the collected results, partners compiled a report with suggestions for the rental services of the EL-Vs, as occurred after the outbreak of COVID pandemic. The suggestions were developed upon the following axes:
- Safety and sanitation: It should be highlighted during the awareness campaigns that the light electric vehicles are open, transfer only one passenger and can be easily cleaned, contributing to social distancing;
- Strategy: It is suggested to offer a monthly subscription for EL-Vs’ use instead of offers for a short-term use of the vehicles, in order to keep a low cost per drive for the new users;
- Integration: The integration of technological innovations and tools (platforms, vehicles’ sharing services, etc.) for the development of sustainable mobility for all should be pursued;
Moreover, the ELVITEN light electric vehicles, were used during the COVID pandemic so as to facilitate the citizens’ life. In particular, in the city Trikala the EL-Vs were used by the municipal policy and the courier services’ companies so as to ensure the immediate service of citizens. Respectively, in Genoa, the vehicles were used for products’ delivery and health services’ provision to citizens. The recent travel restrictions drove in a decrease of the air pollution, ensuring that the transportation sector is responsible for much of the fuel emissions. Taking also into consideration the fact that the city logistics are responsible for much of the fuel emissions due to the frequent stopover for the freight deliveries, it is necessary to accelerate the shift to a greener and clearer transport system.
The EU funded ELVITEN project, after 36 months of intensive research work, is coming to an end. The ultimate aim of the project was to familiarize and boost the general public to the Light Electric Vehicles’ (EL-Vs) use after long-term demonstrations as well as to encourage the integration of EL-Vs in European urban transport. More […]