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.
Hydrogen-powered Bicycles – a new electromobility concept
Pragma Industries is offering a new electromobility concept – hydrogen-powered bicycles. The hydrogen bikes were debuted at the G7 summit, where journalists and world leaders alike tested the bikes. With no intention of selling the bikes, Pragma Industries has developed a plan to market the bikes in the developing world.
Hydrogen-powered vehicles are not a new concept. Companies such as Toyota and Daimler have been developing hydrogen-fueled cars for years and the number of hydrogen-powered buses in France are also increasing. However, hydrogen-powered bikes and scooters have not been attempted, until now. While it is difficult to make the system compact enough to fit on a scooter, Pierre Forte, founder and CEO of Pragma Industries, has found a way to achieve the system on a bike.
The hydrogen-powered bikes can travel 150 km without any rider assistance, almost 3 times as much as e-Bikes using lithium-ion batteries. The bike currently weighs around 30 kg, with the hydrogen system weighing approximately the same as an electric battery of equivalent capacity. The next models are expected to travel longer distances and weigh around 25 kg. The bike is thought to have a strong environmental impact, with the hydrogen system having almost zero impact on CO2 emissions from construction to dismantling. The system uses renewable hydrolysis which is obtained by electrolysis fueled by renewable energy.
The business strategy of Pragma Industries is not to sell the bicycles, but to rent them for long periods of time. At the end of the life, the bike would be returned to Pragma, which would then be responsible for the reevaluation and recycling of the components. The bike was priced to be 7000 EUR, but Pragma Industry wants to lease them for a rental price of 50 EUR per month. This is because although the bikes can achieve full charge in two minutes, individual charging stations would be too expensive for the consumer. Therefore, the bikes must be marketed in fleets such as shared e-Bikes.
The business strategy for Pragma Industries seems to target the western world, but they are receiving large orders from developing countries. After the G7 summit in Biarritz, Chilean president Sebastian Pinera placed an order for one-thousand bikes. The vision for Pragma Industries is offer the bikes in locations where they may not only experience power outages or the network is not stable, meaning cars are not a common means of transport. The bikes can also offer other useful applications in such markets, such as becoming a mobile generator. It is not only simple but inexpensive to include extra functions such as a lamp to light up the dark at night.
Pragma Industries is offering a new electromobility concept – hydrogen-powered bicycles. The hydrogen bikes were debuted at the G7 summit, where journalists and world leaders alike tested the bikes. With no intention of selling the bikes, Pragma Industries has developed a plan to market the bikes in the developing world. Hydrogen-powered vehicles are not a […]
EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is back, with this years theme being “Safe Walking and Cycling”. Active transport modes such as walking and cycling have a positive affect not only on the environment (for being emission-free) but also on our health and our finances. Taking place from 16-22 September, participating cities host a range of activities to celebrate sustainable transport, introduce measures to show commitment of the town/city to sustainable urban mobility and conclude with a Car-Free Day!
Since its beginning in 2002, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is an annual initiative organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) aimed to improve quality of life and public health through the promotion of sustainable urban transport and clean mobility. The campaign places citizens in the middle and gives them a chance to explore the role of city streets and experiment with practical solutions to tackle urban challenges, such as air pollution. It also provides the perfect opportunity to present sustainable mobility solutions to local residents and to explain the challenges that towns and cities are facing. By participating, towns and cities can showcase the benefits of clean transport and make progress towards better mobility in Europe.
Local authorities are encouraged to participate and use the week to test new transport measures in an effort to receive feedback from the public. Local stakeholders can also use this week to get together and discuss the different aspects of mobility and air quality, while finding innovative solutions to reduce car-use and transport emissions.
EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is back, with this years theme being “Safe Walking and Cycling”. Active transport modes such as walking and cycling have a positive affect not only on the environment (for being emission-free) but also on our health and our finances. Taking place from 16-22 September, participating cities host a range of activities to celebrate sustainable […]
ELVITEN is live in the Eternal City!
The Comune di Roma and S3Transportation have teamed up to bring ELVITEN to the Eternal City!
The city of Rome is located in the central-western part of Italy and is the capital of Italy and of the Lazio region. It is the most populous city in Italy (with over 4 million residents) and the 4th most populous city in the European Union. Rome is one of the oldest and continuously occupied sites in Europe. Known as the Eternal City, it is a cosmopolitan of globally influential historical, cultural and archaeological heritage.
The municipality of Rome is administered over XV (15) Districts. District IX (located in the South of Rome) will be the location of the ELVITEN demonstrations. Sixty-four percent of the territory of the city is covered in hills, with seventy percent of District IX covered in hills (forty percent slightly highly, thirty percent very hilly). Sixty-eight percent of the city is covered in green areas. Public transportation in Rome consists of bus, metro, railways and trams. Despite limited parking for private transportation, public transportation performs poorly in comparison. During peak times during the week, passengers wait an average of 32 minutes for the bus and 10 to 15 for the metro and tram (respectively). The city also limits the amount of traffic in their four Limited Traffic Zones (LTZ). These zones are only accessible through permit and the cost varies depending on the proximity to the city centre and the type of engine.
The Municipality of Rome is promoting electric mobility via free access to the LTZ and deploying a wide network of charging stations. At the moment there are 118 with an expected increase to 300 in the near future. ELVITEN brings 60 eBikes to District IX to promote integrated and sustainable mobility. There will be 8 e-Hubs located in the IX Town Hall, which are innovative charging stations that also allow parking of the eBikes. There are some stands located near the Eur Laurentina and Eur Magliana metro stations, along with other strategic areas of the IX Municipality (such as Via di Acqua Acetosa Ostiene, Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa or Adrea Meldola, Fonte Meravigliosa). The booking of the eBikes are done through the ELVITEN app, which provides free testing of the EL-Vs with approved and registered helmets and license. In Rome, ELVITEN targets owners, sharers and delivers.
Stay tuned for more details about ELVITEN in Rome!
The Comune di Roma and S3Transportation have teamed up to bring ELVITEN to the Eternal City! The city of Rome is located in the central-western part of Italy and is the capital of Italy and of the Lazio region. It is the most populous city in Italy (with over 4 million residents) and the 4th […]
We demonstrate the ELVITEN solutions to the citizens of six different cities across Europe. ELVITEN expands pre-existing electrified transport systems with light vehicles in these areas.