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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.

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ELVITEN at The ITS Congress

ELVITEN project partner ERTICO is hosting its 13th European Congress from 3-6 June. Taking place in Eindhoven, it is the largest event entirely dedicated to the digitalisation of transport and smart mobility. As an innovative solution to urban mobility, ELVITEN will also be there to contribute to the week of learning about the latest ITS technologies and mobility concepts.

The theme of the 2019 13th European ITS Congress is “Fulfilling ITS Promises” which is all about innovative and impactful solutions that make life and mobility cleaner, safer and more efficient. On Wednesday 5 June at ERTICO stand number 2:1, there will be an overall presentation about ELVITEN along with the NeMo Project from 12:00 to 12:30. Attendees will have a chance to learn more about the project during the information session as well as interact and test apps that have been developed within the project to incentivise users to make use of the vehicles.

The ELVITEN project promotes more innovation, sustainability and connected urban mobility in six pilot sites. It does this by demonstrating the usefulness of electrified L-category vehicles (EL-Vs) for urban transportation. By addressing the issues surrounding wide market deployment of EL-V’s, ELVITEN aims to make users more familiar and facilitate their use.

ELVITEN project partner ERTICO is hosting its 13th European Congress from 3-6 June. Taking place in Eindhoven, it is the largest event entirely dedicated to the digitalisation of transport and smart mobility. As an innovative solution to urban mobility, ELVITEN will also be there to contribute to the week of learning about the latest ITS […]

ELVITEN Partners Host 2nd City Workshop in Berlin

Berlin is one of ELVITENs six project cities participating in the testing and integration of charging networks of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs). Project partner Hubject and Regional Support Group (RSG) member eMO (the Berlin Agency for Electromobility) co-hosted the 2nd City Workshop on the 13 May.

This workshop was held for RSG members and other relevant stakeholders of the Electric Light Vehicle (ELV) industry in Berlin. Approximately sixty participants attended the workshop at the EUREF campus, another RSG member, which included an exhibition. The exhibition displayed Berlin manufacturers’ latest innovations of ELVs and allowed participants to test the vehicles before the discussions took place inside. The tech-friendly environment of the EUREF campus enabled a lively discussion before the kick-off of the event by Hubject and eMO representatives.

The event was framed around the possibilities and opportunities that can arise from the use of ELVs. Following recently announced legislation in Germany allowing e-kickscooters, there is a lot of room for innovation and growth. Questions around whether ELVs can make meaningful contributions to climate protection, provide traffic relief, and their role in commercial transport were the base of discussion during the Ninth Smart Mobility Forum, which provided the framework for the 2nd City Workshop. Opening remarks were given by Carsten Puhl, CTO at Hubject and Gernot Lobenberg, head of eMO. Following this introduction, eMO Innovation Manager Frank Panse spoke about the issues surrounding micromobility as well as the opportunities they provide for businesses and start-ups.

The ELVITEN project was introduced by Ricarda Mendy, Research & Development (R&D) Project Coordinator at Hubject. The data collected from the operation of electric scooter fleets in the six European pilot cities allows for the evaluation of optimisation of fleet management. Mendy also spoke to stakeholders about ELVITEN Berlin’s demo pilot, ZeroFleet by Hubject, which serves to collect trip data via blackboxes and questionnaires. Other highlights include Best Practices presented in short lecture series. Also noteworthy are presentations given by Richard Damm, Head of Division at the Federal Ministry of Transport, and other panellists who enabled lively discussions. Concluding discussions raised the questions about what makes business models in the PLEV/LEV sector successful. These workshops are integral to the mission of ELVITEN to continue open discussions between all relevant stakeholders involved in the future of mobility.

The goal of ELVITEN is to not only demonstrate the usefulness of EL-Vs in the six European pilot cities but to integrate the existing charging stations into a wide platform available for users. Through incentivising the use of EL-V’s for regular and occasional urban travellers, ELVITEN is committed to the future of sustainable transportation and a greener urban future.

 

The Urban Agenda: Moving Towards More Sustainable Cities

The convenience and appeal of cities is drawing more and more people to live and to work. The current European trend of urbanisation is also increasing the importance of cities and urban areas, which will only continue this growth trend. Cities are facing social challenges with respect to the environment, transport and social cohesion. In order to address those challenges, the Urban Agenda has been created.

The European Commission is asking for participation in a survey to assess the implementation and performance of the Urban Agenda for the European Union (UAEU). They are looking for feedback from all stakeholders. This includes members of the general public, cities, urban authority representatives and other public authority representatives (regional, national, EU and international). Other stakeholders, such as civil society organisations, NGOs, businesses, academic research organisations and experts are also invited to participate and provide their feedback.

The Urban Agenda for the European Union was launched in 2016 via the Pact of Amsterdam. The aim of the UAEU is to provide a synchronised and cohesive approach to the urban dimension of EU and national policies and legislation. The Urban Agenda seeks to improve the quality of life in urban zones by focusing on concrete areas of priority within 14 established Partnerships. Of relevance to ELVITEN is the Partnership on Urban Mobility (PUM). This Partnership seeks to identify measures and propose solutions to improve the framework conditions for urban mobility across cities in the EU. The Partnership identified four initial themes: active modes of transport (such as walking and cycling) and use of public space, innovative solutions and smart mobility, public transport for the city and region as well as multi-modality and governance. The way the PUM devised to address these topics was by designing an Action Plan that aimed to improve: EU regulations affecting urban mobility, allocation and use of EU funding and knowledge exchange platforms and their use. Now in its final year (2019), the members of the PUM are collaborating with stakeholders to monitor and promote the implementation of the actions outlined in the Action Plan, endorsed by the Directors-General Meeting on Urban Matters (DGMU) in November 2018.

The EC will be using the feedback from the survey to explore possible ways to improve and assess the UEAU’s value and effectiveness, which in turn will contribute to a shared understanding of how to provide better support to cities and their development. The views of stakeholders are a vital component of this assessment, and the EC strongly encourages all to participate in the Stakeholder Consultation. The final day to participate is Sunday 30 June. All participating organisations and businesses are asked to register in the EU’s Transparency Register. For more information and news regarding urban mobility within the EU, please visit this website.

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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.

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