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The ADAC joins ELVITEN Regional Support Group in Berlin

The ADAC has joined the ELVITEN Regional Support Group of the demonstration site in Berlin.

ELVITEN, one of the EU research projects in which FIA Region I is involved, aims to improve mobility in six European cities by demonstrating a wide range of uses of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) and their contribution to urban mobility.

The ELVITEN Regional Support Groups comprise local stakeholders providing various support to the  ELVITEN project activities. Additionally, these organisation play a crucial role in the project dissemination through promoting activities and events using their communication channels.

Relevant stakeholders outside the ELVITEN consortium based in one of the six ELVITEN demonstration cities (Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Trikala and Rome) have been invited to join. Present members for instance include electric vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators, road infrastructure operators, public authorities, electrical distribution system operators, service providers and mobility Clubs. The ADAC is the eightieth organisation in Italy, Germany, Greece and Spain having signed such a cooperation agreement to be part of an ELVITEN Regional Support Group. Members in Berlin involved include Yoove, LEVCON, EUREF Campus Berlin and the eMO Berlin Agency for Electromobility. Members in Malaga include the RACC.

Registration to the final event taking place on 21 October (both online and in Rome) are now open: you can register here.

FIA Region I is one of the 21 partners of the ELVITEN project, which seeks to make users more familiar with EL-V’s and encourage their use for both private transport and light urban delivery.

The ADAC has joined the ELVITEN Regional Support Group of the demonstration site in Berlin. ELVITEN, one of the EU research projects in which FIA Region I is involved, aims to improve mobility in six European cities by demonstrating a wide range of uses of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) and their contribution to urban mobility. […]

ELVITEN showcases its achievements at the Urban Mobility Days 2020

ELVITEN has made use of the Urban Mobility Days conference to present the main highlights of its three-year work. the Urban Mobility Days conference, organised by the European Commission from 29 September until 2 October, gathered policy-makers, academics, NGOs, local authorities, urban transport practitioners, urban planners to exchange ideas on emerging transport trends and technologies, as well as the latest developments on the sustainable urban mobility planning.

ELVITEN has taken the opportunity to showcase how it demonstrated how electric light vehicles (EL-Vs) can be used in urban areas and integrated into the existing transport network of six European cities. Presenter Evangelia Portouli, ELVITEN Coordinator gave examples how those new mobility concepts can successfully tackle the increasing challenge of transport and mobility systems decarbonisation, European cities need to integrate smart mobility solutions with renewable energy smart grid and energy storage systems, thus going beyond the electrification of vehicles.

After months of demonstrations on how Electric Light-Vehicles can be used in urban areas, and integrated into the existing transport network, the ELVITEN project is coming to an end.

Save the date for the final event which will take place on 21 October 2020. The event will be a hybrid event – you can join the event in Rome, or you can participate in the online event.

For more information, click here.

ELVITEN has made use of the Urban Mobility Days conference to present the main highlights of its three-year work. the Urban Mobility Days conference, organised by the European Commission from 29 September until 2 October, gathered policy-makers, academics, NGOs, local authorities, urban transport practitioners, urban planners to exchange ideas on emerging transport trends and technologies, […]

Volkswagen collaborated with Uber and launched an electric vehicle pilot in Berlin

Volkswagen, along with Uber, is launching a pilot project that will use electric vehicles with a sustainable taxi service called “Uber Green”. The e-Golf, a zero-emission alternative in the Volkswagen model range is now available in Berlin. The goal of this pilot project is to use a number of one-year-old e-Golf cars in the service. The objective is to reach a thousand and more in the upcoming months. The pilot project will fist run in Berlin, and will potentially expand to other European cities. Volkswagen had already been using the e-Golf successfully in its own car-sharing service We Share since 2018.

Holger B. Santel, Head of Sales and Marketing Germany for the Volkswagen Passenger Car brand, said: “Through our cooperation with Uber, we are helping to improve air quality in urban areas with our locally carbon-neutral electric vehicles”.

As part of its e-offensive, the Volkswagen brand is planning to offer electric cars in the major vehicle segments by 2022 and expects to produce up to 1.5 million e-cars in 2025.

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Volkswagen, along with Uber, is launching a pilot project that will use electric vehicles with a sustainable taxi service called “Uber Green”. The e-Golf, a zero-emission alternative in the Volkswagen model range is now available in Berlin. The goal of this pilot project is to use a number of one-year-old e-Golf cars in the service. […]

ELVITEN Interview series: FIA Region I

1. A short introduction of your organisation.

Founded in 1904, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) brings together leading national motoring organisations from 146 countries worldwide and is the governing body for world motor sport. The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 103 Motoring and Touring Clubs and their over 36 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A key objective of the FIA is to promote user interests in mobility-related European policy making as well as in European research and innovation. FIA Region I uses its know-how and network to raise awareness on issues related to road safety, affordability, environmental sustainability, and efficient mobility. FIA Region I together with its members contributes to debates on improving urban mobility, guaranteeing legal protection, and promoting sustainable tourism, and has contributed to a series of European projects, addressing various mobility-related issues such as alternative propulsion systems, electric mobility, and the environmental impact.

2. What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

FIA Region I has participated in ELVITEN through user engagement, communication, and dissemination activities. FIA Region I has managed all the communication tools and channels that target users, policymakers, stakeholders, service providers and manufacturers. It has worked closely with the demonstration cities and other project partners to implement a communication strategy plan that ensures the uptake and communication of ELVITEN project to the widest audience possible. FIA Region I led an awareness campaign #LetsGoElectric that targeted users in six ELVITEN demonstrations cities and aimed to inform them about the use and functionalities of EL-Vs. Additionally, FIA Region I strongly supported via dedicated campaigns the demonstration stage of the project and encouraged citizens to join ELVITEN activities in Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Rome, Malaga, and Trikala for both private transport and light urban delivery.

3. What is (was) your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

The sustainability of transport is a major concern all over Europe. In order to safeguard mobility and the liveability of cities and regions, FIA Region is contributing to a series of research and innovation projects that are developing, testing and demonstrating new technologies and mobility solutions. The participation of FIA Region I in ELVITEN goes in line with the Association’s will to increase its involvement in the field of smart and sustainable mobility that is positively impacting Europe’s cities. Further to demonstrate the usability of electric mobility in everyday life, ELVITEN innovates in involving users into the testing of alternative light vehicles and making them experience new means to be mobile. The project is also a laboratory for policy makers offering real-world demonstration on how mobility could evolve in future years.

4. What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

The number of Alternative Fuels Vehicles (AFV), battery electric and hybrid vehicles, is expected to increase over the coming years. However, from a consumer perspective, many uncertainties around AFV remain, which could hamper wider uptake: the deployment of AFV should ensure similar levels of comfort and convenience to what consumers have experienced with traditionally fuelled vehicles.

Therefore, it is necessary that adequate amounts of charging and fuelling infrastructure are put in place across Europe, as this would help increase consumers’ confidence in these vehicles.  In parallel, information about vehicle running costs, taxation benefits, and emissions performance should be improved to raise consumer confidence.

At the same time, users also need to investigate the most appropriate type of alternatively fuelled vehicles, their respective advantages and disadvantages and best ways to using them. Electric propulsion and the need for specific recharging infrastructure calls for careful consideration, planning and integration in future mobility systems.

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

The uptake of AFV, including electric vehicles within the mobility mix, may lead to a reduction of air pollution and carbon emissions across the EU, and especially in the urban environment.

Cities present a crucial concentration of people and economic activity that produce a significant part of European wealth. Urban mobility needs coherent development plans that minimise downsides of transport systems, while safeguarding citizens’ mobility as a key lever for growth. The promotion of alternative propulsion systems including electric vehicles can be an element of strategies to make transport more sustainable. When it comes to specific implementation measures, the EU should however leave this matter up to the Member States, respecting the principle of subsidiarity, while ensuring information about good practices.

Furthermore, good transport infrastructure is a condition for sustainable mobility and ensuring smooth and safe traffic. To ensure the uptake of electric vehicles, the EU policy needs to appropriately support road infrastructure maintenance and development, as well as ensuring an adequate amount of fast and low charging public infrastructure.

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

Co-modality must play an important role in the future of mobility and urban mobility in particular. Moving towards MaaS, public transport needs to become a lot more efficient and better integrated with park/bike-and-ride, sharing and pooling, and (company) mobility management. As public transport is at the heart of MaaS platforms, it is vital to guarantee open access to timetables’ information, and that there is a wholesale- market for the use of public transport so that MaaS providers can offer new tailor-made services to consumers. Electric light vehicles being shared or not can play an important role in creating a wide and diverse transport offer.

Besides, all-around connectivity as well as Intelligent Transport Systems offer a wealth of opportunities to improve traffic in cities supporting better integration of the transport offer. FIA Region I supports the deployment of these technologies to make urban mobility safer, more affordable, more efficient, and more sustainable for all.

1. A short introduction of your organisation. Founded in 1904, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) brings together leading national motoring organisations from 146 countries worldwide and is the governing body for world motor sport. The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 103 Motoring and Touring Clubs and their […]

Roma Capitale – Councilor Drago and sustainable mobility

Rome’s IX Municipality (ELVITEN project partner) councilor Alessandro Drago was interviewed by Wheels Telling about the town’s participation in a European project on sustainable mobility.

Here you can read a summary of the interview.

In the second half of 2016, once the Municipality of Rome received a request to participate in a European sustainable mobility project, Rome’s IX Municipality became one of its pilot areas. The European Commission Call’s goal with the introduction of such an initiative is to spread the use of light electric vehicles. Next to Rome’s participation in the project, 6 cities were also invited and able to choose between different types of vehicles. These vehicles were categorized according to their power namely bicycles, scooters, tricycles, and quadricycles, all of which were electric. As such, Trikala in Greece opted for the tricycle, Genoa and Berlin for the scooter, Malaga, Rome, and Polytechnic of Bari for the bicycles (category Le1a). The latter vehicle holds more power than bicycles with pedal assistance and stands just below the maximum power threshold of the law. Additionally, the EU gave us funding and the technical partners granted us with 60 bicycles, free of charge, as well as 10 e-hubs (closed charging stations).

ELVITEN bike

Even though this project was ambitious, some difficulties emerged especially regarding a lack of information on the legislation to be implemented. In fact, even though the bicycles were produced in the United Stated and homologated in the Netherlands by following a strict procedure applicable to all EU countries, each country has its own road code and interprets the European directive on electric vehicles differently. In addition to this obstacle, the Ministry of Transport announced that all electric bicycles riders needed to be equipped with a valid driving license, a helmet and insurance. The vehicle in question also had to present a number plate. In fact, all bicycles with an accelerator and power exceeding the limit of 250 Watts were considered as like a moped and are, therefore, under similar regulations. As such, the Municipality of Rome had to tackle the issue by providing a helmet, as well as a nominative insurance coverage to all its 60 users. Consequently, facing an increase in administrative costs, which were ultimately supported by the European Commission.

Regardless of the bureaucratic difficulties, we are proud to announce that with the bodies assigned to the vehicles we carried out this project with 7,700 trips for 38,000 km. Even though the project ends soon, our municipality intends to keep using these light electric bicycles with an internal sharing solution. As a matter of fact, the 4 ‘charging booths’ and bicycles are already installed in our courtyard and the implementation of ad hoc management will be able to supervise the intended ‘corporate’ sharing.

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Rome’s IX Municipality (ELVITEN project partner) councilor Alessandro Drago was interviewed by Wheels Telling about the town’s participation in a European project on sustainable mobility. Here you can read a summary of the interview. In the second half of 2016, once the Municipality of Rome received a request to participate in a European sustainable mobility […]

Register to the ELVITEN final event

After months of demonstrations on how Electric Light-Vehicles can be used in urban areas, and integrated into the existing transport network, ELVITEN project is coming to an end.

Register for the final event which will be organised on 21 October 2020. The event will be a held online.

To register to the final event, please click here.

You can also have a look at the program here

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. Its aim is to achieve a mind shift among users and propose replicable usage schemes to address the issues surrounding the market deployment of EL-Vs. It also generated detailed guidelines for service providers and planning authorities to integrate EL-Vs into existing networks. Data and feedback have been collected and analysed from real users, meaning ICT tools were deployed to broker and book existing charging points and EL-Vs, engaged users and managed incentives.

Over 40000 trips were performed during the demonstrations phase in ELVITEN 6 cities. Interestingly, Trikala seems to be the city were EL-Vs were mostly used, with 9841 trips, followed by Rome with 7968 trips. During the event, ELVITEN’s further achievements, as well as vision will be discussed with the participants. The role of electromobility as a mean and solution towards a climate-neutral continent will also be investigated.

ELVITEN’s objective was to commit to more innovative and more sustainable transportation in Europe. Attend the final event to find out if the project reached its goal.

Watch the ELVITEN final video to better understand the project, and to get an overview of its most important milestones.

After months of demonstrations on how Electric Light-Vehicles can be used in urban areas, and integrated into the existing transport network, ELVITEN project is coming to an end. Register for the final event which will be organised on 21 October 2020. The event will be a held online. To register to the final event, please click here. You can also have […]

EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2020: Promoting zero-emission mobility for all

This year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2020 theme emphasizes the importance of accessibility to zero-emission transport and promotes an inclusive framework which involves everyone.

Watch out for car-free streets, interactive workshops and walking tours in towns and cities from over 40 countries from 16 to 22 September. This is the 19th year of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK and its well-known car-free day. Streets will close for motorised traffic, and allow pedestrians, cyclists, e-scooter riders, hoverboarders and more to roam freely in the city.

This event provides a unique opportunity for local governments in Europe to enable its residents to test out different active mobility models and discover the many benefits of other forms of sustainable transportation.

In addition, in cooperation with the event, the European network of road traffic police forces (ROADPOL) is organizing a campaign for road safety – the ROADPOL Safety Days. During the campaign, police forces will record the number of road fatalities on 17 September, their aim is zero deaths. Public events will emphasize the role of every road-user to reduce and avoid fatalities, as well as the traffic police’s importance in enforcing rules and working towards the EU’s ‘Vision Zero’ which is zero road deaths or serious injuries in Europe by 2050.

EU Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean said: “This year is a big challenge for our towns and cities. But the pandemic also showed us that people appreciate and expect our cities to become safer, cleaner and accessible to all. During this week and beyond, our partner cities from all around Europe will show how greener and more digital European towns and cities could look like.” Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, towns and cities have maximum flexibility when participating. Local authorities can register their events and infrastructure initiatives, but can also provide online alternatives, and measure to help people moving around safely.

Participation

Besides towns and cities, participation by others is early encouraged, such as NGOs, schools and higher education institutions and businesses. All are welcome to register their MOBILITYACTION all year round.

Local authorities can apply for several awards in context with EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK:

  • EU Urban Road Safety Award, rewarding for innovative measures to improve road safety. The registrations are open from 29 September to 31 October 2020.
  • EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards, for local authorities, who make efforts to promote sustainable urban mobility during the campaign. The call for applications is open from 29 September to 31 October 2020.
  • SUMP Award is presented to local and regional authorities that accomplished great achievements in sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP). The deadline for registrations is 31 October 2020.

 

If you are a city, register for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2020 here.

If you are an NGO, Business, or School, you can register to the MOBILITYACTION here.

For more information click here.

Source: EC DG Mobility and Transport

This year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2020 theme emphasizes the importance of accessibility to zero-emission transport and promotes an inclusive framework which involves everyone. Watch out for car-free streets, interactive workshops and walking tours in towns and cities from over 40 countries from 16 to 22 September. This is the 19th year of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK and its well-known car-free […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – Roma Capitale

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – the Municipality IX EUR of the City of Rome, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on Light EVs, and urban mobility.

Enjoy the reading!

A short introduction of your organisation

The City of Rome is the capital of Italy and the 5th biggest city in Europe after Moscow, Istanbul, London and St. Petersburg and currently the largest one in the European Union. The Municipality IX EUR of the City of Rome, directly involved in the ELVITEN project is an administrative unit in the south of the town, with an extension of 183 Km2 is the second largest municipality characterized by the presence of protected natural areas and the city business center (EUR).

What is your task and responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

Rome has been one of the six pilot cities which carried out the one-year demonstration with e-bikes (Le1a category). For the first time, the city could test these new “vehicles” that were never matriculated before in Italy.  And thanks to ELVITEN we had the chance to involve in the test more ten different public and private bodies whose employees became ELVITEN users of internal bike-sharing services. The Municipality managed the long-term loan schemes for the bodies involved by keeping the direction of the project. This is a service normally managed by a private provider or by a public-private partnership. Having no local partners involved in the project, we did everything ourselves and this increased the knowledge and skills of the employees who worked in ELVITEN. As demonstrative city we organized public meetings and workshops to raise awareness among citizens on the project implementation and have run an internal office to provide information on the service to the users.

What is your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

In the last four years the city of Rome has dedicated much efforts to promote and support the urban sustainable mobility in different ways, by promoting new systems of city bike-sharing managed by private companies, approving the first Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of the City of Rome (SUMP) and the first City Plan for the electric mobility of Rome, constructing new cycling paths and finally hosting for the first time in Italy the Formula E Prix, that since the 2018 is held in the area of the EUR (in the Municipality IX EUR). This important event has been also organized in 2019 but suspended in 2020 for Covid-19 related problems. Nevertheless, thanks to an agreement between the City of Rome and the FIA the Formula E Prix will be organized for the next 5 years (2021-2025). Rome is turning electric and ELVITEN project has represented a local example to reiterate this concept contributing to sensitize residents and commuters to use ELVs as alternative mode of transport to ICE vehicles more polluting and less healthy for people. We wanted to be part of ELVITEN since we want to be part of this important shift.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

Initially, ELVs remained cut out of the planning measures for sustainable mobility since most of the interventions approved had been thought to increase the use of Local Public Transport (creation of new trolleybus routes), bicycles (realization of cycling routes) and electric private vehicles (installation of fast charge). Thanks to ELVITEN project we have realized that the Light Electric Vehicles could be an important resource for sustainable mobility, yet not very much known until users from different bodies decided to use the e-bikes of ELVITEN. These vehicles may give a strong contribution to reduce CO2 emission and increase the sharing mobility in our city but need the suitable measures for the creation of useful infrastructures and the necessary services to spread on a city level. Measures that ELVITEN has been identifying through the creation of guidelines for planning authorities, service providers and manufacturers. We’d like to push further our ambition and propose a specific mobility plan for the ELVs to be integrated into the existing plans approved by the city of Rome for mobility: SUMP and Electric Mobility Plan.

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

The use of 60 e-bikes in a city like Rome with 2,8 million of inhabitants and approximately another millions of commuters coming to work in the City on a daily basis, can’t be significant in terms of generalized reduction of pollutants but it is important that, in a specific Municipality of the city, many important organizations such as Ministries, Public Agencies and SMEs participated to the project. Both at individual and company level, the project was a great success: a novelty that fascinated users and their colleagues. The pilot of Rome, behind the over 7.600 trips made and the over 38.000 Kms travelled, has indicated an orientation of the local administration on Light Electric Mobility that should also be followed by the numerous bodies that are located in our territory and that have the same need we do have for collective and sustainable mobility.

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

The market uptake of ELVs has yet to come because important shifts have to be made to the existing urban planning facilities but the path towards the use of these vehicles has begun and the innovation technology will help to accelerate this process soon.

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – the Municipality IX EUR of the City of Rome, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on Light EVs, and urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation […]

Experiences and recommendations for EL-Vs usage in urban environments

On 1 September 2020, ELVITEN project partners organised a webinar “Experiences and recommendations for EL-Vs usage in urban environments in pre and post COVID -19 era”  to discuss and understand the COVID-19’s impact on e-mobility along with some recommendations for EL-Vs usage in urban environments.

During the webinar, Silvia Campailla from Comune di Genova, introduced the ELVITEN project and the objectives of the webinar to the participants. In her presentation, she explained the role of “Follower Cities” in the ELVITEN project and the support they receive from being part of it.

Francisco Aletta from S3Transportation, presented some observed statistics on the impact of COVID-19 on different areas like economic, tourism, urban traffic, public transport, and e-mobility. It is found that the demand for e-bike sharing in cities like Madrid, Brussels, London, and New York has increased largely after the COVID-19 lockdown. Later, he presented the statistics of COVID-19 impact on ELVITEN demonstration cities which showed a similar trend. The reasons for the demand could be due to reasons like social distancing, the use of individual vehicles to avoid the spread of contagion, and a better alternative to public transport in urban cities.

Later, representatives from three demonstration cities: Silvia Andreussi, Roma Capitale (Rome); Georgege Gorgogetas, e-Trikala (Trikala) and Alessandro Rinaldi, POLIBA (Bari) shared their city’s experience before and after lockdown individually. They explained how the EL-Vs trips were affected, the current trends, and how EL-Vs can help the city in creating better urban mobility. The trends clearly show the needs and habits of users have been changing.

Elena Cosso from T Bridge S.p.A, presented the “Recommendations for Planning authorities emerged after COVID-19” to the webinar participants. She explained the recommendations suggested to planning authorities in the report. The recommendations are focused on different criteria such as safety, user habits, regulation policies, partnership with private operators, technological tools & sustainability. You can view the report here.

The webinar later concluded with an interactive question & answer session.

You can watch the webinar recording below.

 

 

 

On 1 September 2020, ELVITEN project partners organised a webinar “Experiences and recommendations for EL-Vs usage in urban environments in pre and post COVID -19 era”  to discuss and understand the COVID-19’s impact on e-mobility along with some recommendations for EL-Vs usage in urban environments. During the webinar, Silvia Campailla from Comune di Genova, introduced […]