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ELVITEN Interview Series – KYBURZ Switzerland AG

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – KYBURZ Switzerland AG, their tasks in the project, and views on Electric Light-Vehicles and urban mobility.

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KYBURZ Switzerland AG develops and produces high-quality electric vehicles for delivery companies, industrial companies, municipalities and private individuals.

The original 3-wheeled KYBURZ electric vehicles for postal delivery have become an integral part of the roadscape in many countries. KYBURZ is an international leader in high-quality mobility and transport solutions for the last mile.

Finding pleasure in development while focusing on sustainability and environmentally friendly methods and products KYBURZ Switzerland AG is looking forward to the future and can build on its solid basis of craftsmanship and many years of experience. The warranty for the service and maintenance of its products is one of the company’s highest priorities as well as being an important line of business.

Tens of thousands of proven KYBURZ DXP delivery vehicles are in use in many European countries as well as Australia. This need-based application of reliable and safe vehicles is requested for collection and delivery at low cost of ownership. It is used in many ways and constantly optimized like every product by KYBURZ.

In addition to the delivery of twenty vehicles, KYBURZ’ part in the ELVITEN project is the transfer of data from all kind of vehicles to the ELVITEN cloud platform. Usage data, motion data, or technical data: the KYBURZ fleet box captures available information of all kind of vehicles like e-bikes or Electric Light-Vehicles and transmit them to a server by mobile network. With this technical service KYBURZ provides the data basis for the scientific evaluations and studies within the ELVITEN project.

As a market orientated medium enterprise which employs around 150 people KYBURZ’s motivation to participate in the ELVITEN project has many reasons: The collaboration with an international team of researching scientists may be one. The practical application and ongoing development of the company’s own data transmission system is a central interest in joining the ELVITEN project besides the connection to different partners with experience in the sharing economy.

Urban as well as suburban mobility as we know it today really calls for new approaches. Traffic space in European cities is limited by the historical development. While maintaining individual forms of mobility, only a reduction in vehicle size and mass and the sharing of transport modes can be a solution. Electric Light-Vehicles (EL-V) will play a major role in this process.

KYBURZ Switzerland as a producer of LE-Vs is constantly gaining new knowledge and experience, which is used in the optimization and development of lightweight forms of electric mobility. At the same time, there are still many questions to be answered in this topic: Does the individual mobility of people follow the same path as the transport, distribution and delivery of goods?

Individual mobility behaviour of many people is very irrational in many different ways. A change in mobility will be implemented by financially precisely calculating companies. Electric Light-Vehicles (EL-V) yet started to be the financially more attractive solution for the distribution of goods in European cities.

Improved knowledge about mobility, as gained in the Elviten project, supplemented with the already existing advantages of Electric Light-Vehicles, will massively change the urban and suburban street scene in the near future. KYBURZ Switzerland is convinced to be a leading partner for this transformation following the Martin Kyburz’s (CEO, founder and owner) words: “Each and every one of us is responsible for positively influencing world events and only when everyone does, we will have the chance to succeed.”

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This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – KYBURZ Switzerland AG, their tasks in the project, and views on Electric Light-Vehicles and urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! KYBURZ Switzerland AG develops and produces high-quality electric vehicles for delivery companies, industrial companies, municipalities and private individuals. […]

Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

The European Green Deal includes a target to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050. In this regard, the European Commission intends to adopt a comprehensive strategy to meet this target and ensure that the EU transport sector is ready for a clean, digital and modern economy.

To help meet its strategy, a roadmap was developed by the European Commission, with the following objectives:

  • increasing the uptake of zero-emission vehicles to deliver a 90% reduction in transport-related
    greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,
  • making sustainable alternative solutions available to the public & businesses,
  • supporting digitalisation and automation,
  • improving connectivity and access.

The roadmap is open for feedback until 29 July 2020. Click here to add your feedback. The European Commission will summarise the input received in a synopsis report explaining how the input will be taken on board and, if applicable, why certain suggestions can’t be taken up.

Furthermore, the European Commission also organises a public consultation which targets all citizens and organisations. The consultation seeks to gather the views of citizens and stakeholders on the elements of the Strategy for a Sustainable and Smart Mobility. You can respond by filling the questionnaire which looks into how the current framework set out in 2011 White Paper has delivered up to now. The deadline for final input is 23 September 2020. 

 

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The European Green Deal includes a target to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050. In this regard, the European Commission intends to adopt a comprehensive strategy to meet this target and ensure that the EU transport sector is ready for a clean, digital and modern economy. To help meet its strategy, a […]

ELVITEN in Trikala on World Environment Day

The World Environment Day on 5 June 2020 was celebrated in Trikala, with a message for the environment. The visit of the Deputy Minister of Digital Governance – George Georgantas to Trikala, on the issue of KEPLUS, gave the opportunity to be informed about actions in the electric drive already implemented by the Municipality of Trikala and e-trikala SA. The Mayor and President of KEDE, Dimitris Papastergiou informed Mr. Georgantas about the ELVITEN project implemented in Trikala. In Trikala, three-wheeled and two-wheeled vehicles were selected, some of which are used by e-trikala, while some were given for use by courier companies. The presentation coincided with the announcement of measures by the government for electrification.

Click here to read the full press release (available in Greek).

The World Environment Day on 5 June 2020 was celebrated in Trikala, with a message for the environment. The visit of the Deputy Minister of Digital Governance – George Georgantas to Trikala, on the issue of KEPLUS, gave the opportunity to be informed about actions in the electric drive already implemented by the Municipality of […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – e-Trikala

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which George Gorgogetas from e-Trikala SA shares their role and contribution to the project implementation, and views on urban mobility.

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A short introduction of your organisation.

e-Trikala SA consists a Development Company of the Municipality of Trikala which was established in March 2008, while the ICT activity officially begins at 2004 with the operation of the Information Society Office of the Directorate of the Municipality of Trikala. E-Trikala established the first free WiFi network in the city of Trikala and undertook most of the Municipality’s ICT projects and activities. It also started running and participating in new projects, on a national and European level and covering multiple areas of interest such as e-health, wireless networking, fiber optics, mobility, intelligent transportation.

Finally, e-Trikala is a leading partner in a network of ten large cities in Central Greece, called “Digital Cities SA”, which all apply whenever applicable the methods of any successful project/initiative. The dissemination of best practices is one feasible outcome of this networking. The catchment population of these capital cities may reach 1 million citizens, nearly one tenth of Greek population.

What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

My main responsibility has been the Project’s management and the demonstrations in Trikala, organizing the events, dissemination activities, vehicle and user management, definition of vehicle usage schemes.

What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

I was already interested in electric vehicles, their eco-friendly approach and usage of new technologies, so I was quite excited to see that Trikala would be part of such a project. It gave me a change to try them and also urge other people to use them and help in getting them known to a wider audience who in other circumstances, would have never tried them.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

After trying the e-bikes and 4 wheelers, I would definitely want to own one. I want to contribute to less pollution in the environment, but also appreciate the ease of use that they offer. The need to move to greener energy is vital and we are at a point where the technology is more than ready for full electric vehicles to replace traditional ones.

Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility?

In small cities like Trikala, where everyday distances that people travel are not very long, I can see people gradually shifting to using EL-Vs, firstly because in the long term they will cost less as the need no petrol. Their small form factor also makes it ideal for basic city usage. Trikala is already a city where most of the population uses bikes, and so far everyone who has tried an e-bike wants to own one!

What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?

As prices drop and the technology in electric mobility advances, more people make the shift to electric vehicles. In combination with gas prices being much more expensive, I believe that electric vehicles will gain more and more ground, in combination with more charging stations so that people can make full long trips.

 

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which George Gorgogetas from e-Trikala SA shares their role and contribution to the project implementation, and views on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation. e-Trikala SA consists a Development Company of the Municipality of Trikala which was established […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – SEAbility

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – SEAbility, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on urban mobility.

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A short introduction of your organisation.

SEAbility is an SME, active in the fields of intermodal Freight Transport (road, air, and sea), and logistics. By leveraging its expertise in these domains, SEAbility also has become an ICT and technology provider, offering Service oriented Architecture (SoA) solutions and consultancy services covering all areas of transportation and also fields related to environmental issues, smart mobility, energy, safety and security applications.

Currently, SEAbility is promoting the use of new technologies and the uptake of novel and disruptive trends in logistics, transport and mobility, such as cargo modularisation, cargo tracking, green transport, the Internet of Things (IoT), and deployment of telematics, communication, sensors and devices.

What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

Within ELVITEN project, SEAbility is engaged in the ICT Requirements analysis and assets inventory as well as in ICT platform tools and services integration by supporting both the ICT tools deployment and the sustainable business model identification for Trikala city. SEAbility is also providing its services in Trikala demonstration supporting data collection and user engagement.

What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

During the last decade, SEAbility is devotedly working towards the direction of reducing its environmental footprint through supporting the development of novel ICT services and tools, for facilitating the decarbonation of urban freight transport. That’s why joining ELVITEN project, was a real opportunity for Seability. It has been given not only the chance to further develop its expertise on the electromobility related ICT solutions but also to collaborate with a remarkably qualified team, united in its vision to boost electromobility with an urban, social and business added value.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

The transition to low and -even possible- zero-emission vehicles has become paramount for reaching the ambitious environmental mitigation targets, as they have been described in The European strategy for low-emission mobility. At the same time, the environmental improvement in the transport sector is considered very slow. Towards this direction, Electric Vehicles are considered as a very dynamic promising solution, while Electric-Light Vehicles are constituting a substantial segment of the wider Electric Vehicles market. Electric-Light Vehicles seem to start evolving given the technological improvements and upgrades in batteries and the increasingly higher environmental awareness and sustainability for air quality and subsequently for the quality of life. However, the acceptance of e-mobility and its penetration in our everyday lives need further examination of the individual’s mobility attitude and patterns, and that is what ELVITEN aims at.

Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility? 

Electric mobility is expected to pave the way towards a new culture of urban and mobility planning. Running alongside, ELVITEN encourages the wider use of EL-Vs, recognizing the multiple benefits (economic, social, environmental) in the urban mobility as well as the arising need of a modal shift in individual mobility and more precisely to lighter, smaller, and more environmentally friendly alternatives. The usage of EL-Vs is expected to have substantial impact on the urban environment, health, energy consumption, society, air and noise pollution and at the same time, to allow the integration of EL-Vs with other private and public modes of transport, facilitating the daily commuting and the delivery trips.

What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?

The future market of urban mobility considers clean, decarbonized, and cost/ time efficient transportation as a prerequisite. Electromobility along with automation, ITS and smart mobility solutions tend to create synergies towards this direction and disrupt the traditional mobility patterns. According to the European Roadmap Electrification of Road Transportthe future market penetration of EVs depends on a multitude of factors including technological developments and breakthroughs, policy support, deployment of charging infrastructure…future customer needs for mobility and their acceptance of new technologies…’. And this is what ELVITEN is working on!

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – SEAbility, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation. SEAbility is an SME, active in the fields of intermodal Freight […]

ELVITEN at ERTICO-ITS virtual conference

ERTICO-ITS Europe hosted its first Virtual Conference, ‘Empowering mobility with secure and accessible data’, supported by Partner BlackBerry on 3-4 June 2020. Nearly 500 participants attended the virtual conference, participants had an opportunity to question the panellists on key issues such as the European Data Strategy, making businesses more data-agile, cyber-security and the transport landscape post COVID19.

The virtual conference aimed to address the challenges that are underpinning the effectiveness and safety in mobility and the potential for data sharing at a time when a new mobility paradigm is being created. The European Commission, public authorities and cities, as well as industry stakeholders involved in ITS, mobility data providers and cybersecurity experts came together to discuss and answer questions about the future of mobility in the post-COVID era. Jacob Bangsgaard, ERTICO CEO said: “Despite the health crisis, as a sector we need to stay on track, readjust our priorities, continue the roadmap of change and prepare for new intelligent mobility schemes in a paradigm governed by our urge to move versus our need to be safe.”

Over two days, four distinct panels discussed the new and innovative developments taking place in the mobility sector. Under the Data powered mobility in COVID-19 times, ELVITEN project was presented to the participants by Dr. Evangelia Portouli from ICCS. In the presentation, she explained the project overview, objectives and data collection. She also presented how the COVID-19 has changed the demonstration in the six cities.

She expressed: ‘In normal times, we visit cities and collect data with the eventual aim of preparing proposals for transport authorities to incorporate these vehicles in their transport infrastructure. Following the pandemic, of course these trips stopped. We then took the opportunity of offering these vehicles to local delivery services for supermarkets. Goods were delivered within strict social distancing rules. We have now been able to see that there is a much wider scope for these vehicles and a good business case for them in our society.’

To read the full article and other projects presented during the conference, click here.

To download the presentation, click here.

ERTICO-ITS Europe hosted its first Virtual Conference, ‘Empowering mobility with secure and accessible data’, supported by Partner BlackBerry on 3-4 June 2020. Nearly 500 participants attended the virtual conference, participants had an opportunity to question the panellists on key issues such as the European Data Strategy, making businesses more data-agile, cyber-security and the transport landscape […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – S3T

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which José F. Papí, Senior-Partner at S3Transportation, CEO at Etelätär Innovation shares their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as views on urban mobility.

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A short introduction of your organisation.

S3Transportation (Smart, Safe and Sustainable Transportation) is a consulting firm specialised in Transport Engineering & Economics and Transport Innovation. The company brings together a senior partnership active in the transportation area since 1986, and already holds 50+ references with 40+ clients in the corporate, multilateral, government and non-for-profit sectors.

Etelätär Innovation is S3Transportation’s Innovation Division and is specialised in the prototyping, piloting and market deployment of crowd-sourced mobility solutions linking data, persons, things, vehicles and infrastructures. Etelätär’s team has been assigned to work in the ELVITEN project on behalf of the S3Transportation Group.

What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

Within the ELVITEN consortium, our company has been responsible for:

  • Studying e-mobility demand in the 6 pilot cities (Rome, Berlin, Genoa, Málaga, Bari, Trikala).
  • Providing 193 L1eA e-bikes and 36 charging e-hubs to the ELVITEN cities.
  • Undertaking Big Data Analytics to monitor valuable KPIs and derive insights from the demonstrations.
  • Elaborating business and exploitation models for the market uptake of Electric Light Vehicles.

What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

Our company’s vision is that mobility based on centralised thinking is becoming obsolete and can only do little to tackle today’s mobility challenges. In our opinion, the leap forward is to allow citizens to co-create low-cost, peer-to-peer mobility networks in a spontaneous way. In short, moving from a supply-driven (top-down) to a demand-driven (bottom-up) mobility. Having invested EUR 5 million in R&D since 2015, the company already counts on a catalogue of 5 innovative solutions, runs two permanent Mobility Labs (one in Belgium and one in Spain in the framework of the University UAX-Etelätär Centre of Excellence for Collaborative Mobility) and in addition holds a strategic partnership with leading Japanese engineering company OC Global.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles (EL-Vs)?

EL-V markets are growing day by day, driven by an increase in social environmental awareness. Still very unknown for most users and often mixed with regular e-bikes that offer much less engine power and less luggage-carrying possibilities, the global EL-V market is forecasted to grow, especially in developing countries. For instance, in India 30 to 40 percent of electric scooters are expected to be electric in the next 7 or 8 years (ET Auto, 2020). Just in 2020, China has seen an increase in 513,000 public and 714,000 privately-owned charging stations, an additional 43.8 percent compared to 2019 (Renewable Energy World, 2020). But not only in developing countries but also in developed ones, EL-Vs are forecasted to become a main actor in mobility, increasing their share from 5-10% to 30% (Heineke, 2019).

Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility? 

In the post-COVID-19 scenario, users are already becoming more interested in EL-V services because of EL-Vs characteristics and the possibility of maintaining social distancing while commuting or undertaking daily trips. This trend will keep increasing services demand once restrictions are completely lifted in each urban area where ELVITEN vehicles are deployed. Not only the current situation helps the EL-V market grow but also their environmental impact, which is a big social challenge which EL-Vs can contribute to: EL-Vs have lower emissions and their CO2 emissions are decentralised. These advantages are also coupled with remarkable economic benefits, because a EL-V is cheaper than a motor vehicle and its maintenance and operation costs are also lower. This makes EL-Vs a very promising alternative to public transport and private commuting.

What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?

Electromobility is here and has come to stay. In addition, COVID-19 has increased the potential of EL-Vs markets. We are already observing:

  • An increasing demand for EL-V sharing systems;
  • That EL-Vs allows easy disinfecting as a means of individual transport;
  • That the EL-V market is growing, and exponentially in the case of developing countries; and
  • That EL-Vs are a suitable and attractive alternative to public transport and commuting.

To show our skin in the game in relation to EL-Vs, we have invested heavily in a premium electro-mobility solution targeting Office Parks, Intra-Company Network, University Campuses, Hotel & Golf Resorts, Marinas, Eco-Tourism, etc. The solution is named “Movere” and counts on several commercial deployments in several countries; the website shows its potential application to hotels.

The all-in Movere system is composed of last-generation EL-Vs, modular and secured charging stations (e-hubs), and a complete tech-pack enabling booking, fleet management and GPS- and IOT-based tracking. We have bet on this service because EL-Vs are aligned with today’s ‘political’ agendas on Smart Cities, emissions reduction and sustainable mobility. We do not want to miss the train…or we would rather say, the EL-V…

 

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which José F. Papí, Senior-Partner at S3Transportation, CEO at Etelätär Innovation shares their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as views on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation. S3Transportation (Smart, Safe and Sustainable Transportation) is […]

9th SUMP Award now accepting applications!

The call for applications to the 9th edition of the SUMP Award is now open. This year’s award will focus on sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP) which includes aims to create zero-emission and inclusive transport. The topical focus is based on this year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK theme, which puts the spotlight on zero emission mobility for all.

The European Commission’s award for sustainable urban mobility planning was launched in 2012 with the aim to encourage the adoption of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) by local authorities across Europe and to reward outstanding achievements in each year’s thematic priority area.

The SUMP Award is separate to the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award, but remains complementary. The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award is given to municipalities for their outstanding activities during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK on 16-22 September, whereas the SUMP Award recognises local and regional authorities for excellence in sustainable urban mobility planning.

To learn more about the award, read the call for applications document.

To submit an application to the 9th SUMP Award, click here.

Application deadline: 31 October 2020, 24:00 (CET).

Picture: 9th SUMP Awards

The call for applications to the 9th edition of the SUMP Award is now open. This year’s award will focus on sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP) which includes aims to create zero-emission and inclusive transport. The topical focus is based on this year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK theme, which puts the spotlight on zero emission mobility for all. The European Commission’s award […]