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2nd City Workshop in Genoa

On 17 December 2019, Municipality of Genoa held the ELVITEN second city workshop at the Municipality premises. In the opening and welcoming speech, a representative from the European Projects unit at the Municipality of Genoa introduced the overview of ELVITEN project, activities already developed and other actions in progress.

Afterwards, the audience was introduced to the Genoa pilot site and demonstrations. Firstly presenting test cases such as use cases, a system of incentives and smartAPP, Regional Support Group, new infrastructures (park and electrical charging point). As in the other pilot sites, ELVITEN aims at simplifying the travel and parking services for users by addressing specific clusters: tourists, last-mile deliveries and businesses. In Genoa, the overall objective is to reward behaviour of citizens who invest in electric mobility and to offer equipped parking areas in four strategic points in the city centre with E-LVs charging possibilities.

Secondly, project partner TBridge explained regulations and trends of E-LVs in Europe and the typology of users and their habits in the city. Another project partner Duferco highlighted the advantages of using E-LVs, including a reduction of pollution and traffic congestion and their economic benefits (incentives, minor maintenance costs etc). It also presented the recharging process in Genoa and the App “D-Mobility”, which supports the charging process, and it was developed as part of the ELVITEN project.

Overall, the participants agreed that in order to enable the dissemination of usage of light electric vehicles, in addition to dedicated charging points, adaptation and standardisation of charging sockets on vehicles should be considered.

On 17 December 2019, Municipality of Genoa held the ELVITEN second city workshop at the Municipality premises. In the opening and welcoming speech, a representative from the European Projects unit at the Municipality of Genoa introduced the overview of ELVITEN project, activities already developed and other actions in progress. Afterwards, the audience was introduced to […]

ELVITEN at ITS Hellas

On 17 and 18 December 2019, ELVITEN joined the ITS Hellas – the 5th conference on “Intelligent Transport Systems and Developments in Greece” which took place at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Athens. The conference attended more than 180 participants across the national and international transport sector, being one of the most relevant events for Hellenic transport sector.

Prominent speakers thoroughly discussed and presented a number of key topics, through several sessions and round table discussions. Key topics concerned, for instance, European and Greek developments/policies and good practices in the field of ITS, ITS for sustainable mobility and Greek excellence and intelligent freight transport. The conference’s objective focused on the challenges and needs of the industry, as well as, the benefits of adopting and extensively implementing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to develop efficient solutions for the benefit of both users and the environment. To this end, one of the opening speeches was held by Dr. Angelos Amditis, who is a Vice President of ITS Hellas and responsible for the public sector and the organisation of the conference. He is also ELVITEN project coordinator and ERTICO’s Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

During the conference, a parallel exhibition was held with the participation of leading companies and public actors to demonstrate the latest Greek technological solutions and research activities in the field of ITS. ELVITEN project partner SEAbility attended the event and was one of the conference exhibitors, presenting among other projects the ELVITEN, a H2020-funded project . Visitors and participants had the opportunity to gain more information about the company’s activities in relation to the ELVITEN project and other activities focused on the areas of electro-mobility and automation.

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On 17 and 18 December 2019, ELVITEN joined the ITS Hellas – the 5th conference on “Intelligent Transport Systems and Developments in Greece” which took place at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Athens. The conference attended more than 180 participants across the national and international transport sector, being one of the most relevant events […]

2nd City Workshop in Malaga

On 11 December 2019, the ELVITEN second city workshop in Malaga took place at the premises of the University of Malaga. In the first session of the workshop, Francisco Salas (Managing Director of Promalaga) and Prof. Dr. D. Alejandro Rodríguez Gómez (Director of the Engineering Faculty) welcomed the audience with an introductory speech, followed by a presentation of the ELVITEN project by Isabel Pascual Villamor.

The following sessions included presentations and discussions about sustainable mobility in Malaga. The topic was presented with data and statistics on the number of vehicles, the connections to other towns, and the number of trips by different means of transport, also comparing Malaga’s transportation strategy with other cities of its size. Many students participated in the debate about the Malaga model and how to contribute to increasing sustainability in the city.

Moreover, other sustainable mobility city initiatives were discussed during the workshop. For instance, another H2020 funded project such as the ‘Meister’ was presented. The objective of the project is to change the electric mobility market, providing interoperable platforms and services to cities for easy and barrier-free access to the charging and billing service for electric vehicles. Also, the use of renewable energy sources and self-generation methods for recharging electric vehicles requires improvementThe municipal officials have highlighted the interest in Malaga to continue being a pioneer in the installation of these technologies that involve a direct reduction of CO2 pollution in the city.

On 11 December 2019, the ELVITEN second city workshop in Malaga took place at the premises of the University of Malaga. In the first session of the workshop, Francisco Salas (Managing Director of Promalaga) and Prof. Dr. D. Alejandro Rodríguez Gómez (Director of the Engineering Faculty) welcomed the audience with an introductory speech, followed by […]

2nd City Workshop in Bari

On 3 December 2019, the Polytechnic University of Bari and the Commune of Bari jointly organised the second ELVITEN city workshop in the facilities of the Bari museum of photography.

After a welcoming speech, the workshop introduced sustainable mobility and European projects on smart mobility in Bari. Among others, the project ‘M.U.V.T. – Mobilità Urbana Vivibile e Tecnologica’ was presented, which is another running sustainable mobility project in the city. Afterward, a general overview of the ELVITEN project was given to the 34 participants, following by the technical details of all EL-V’s with a special emphasis on the ones used in Bari.

In the last sessions of the workshop, the first results and the performance of Bari as a pilot site were reviewed. The report presented the involved companies in the demonstration phase, showing the operative e-bikes and the vehicles that need to be ensured to be in circulation and the total number of trips done for each company, showing the trips traveled by each vehicle, the distance and the last trips done. In Bari, the vehicles are offered by the Polytechnic University of Bari via long term rental service for employees of public authority and companies. For the pilot test, 10 vehicles are offered for public sharing managed by the municipality and 65 vehicles for the rental services.

The workshop ended with brainstorming discussions on the next steps and future actions in order to summarise what should be done for the success of the ELVITEN pilot test in Bari.

 

On 3 December 2019, the Polytechnic University of Bari and the Commune of Bari jointly organised the second ELVITEN city workshop in the facilities of the Bari museum of photography. After a welcoming speech, the workshop introduced sustainable mobility and European projects on smart mobility in Bari. Among others, the project ‘M.U.V.T. – Mobilità Urbana […]

Results from road transport research on new mobility

On 4 and 5 December 2019, ELVITEN joined the 3rd edition of the European conference ‘Results from road transport research in Horizon 2020 projects’, organised by the European Commission, ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) in Brussels.

Dr. Evangelia Portouli, Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS) presented the ELVITEN results at the conference.

The conference explored the results of transport research in various areas such as green vehicles, safety and automated road transport. Projects funded by Horizon 2020 presented what they have discovered, how they tackled the hurdles and resolved them and what are the next research steps in the fields covered by their activities.

The session ‘New mobility paradigm, new vehicles, how could the mobility of tomorrow look like?’ featured five H2020 projects: ELVITEN, MoTiV, STARS, STEVE and WEEVIL.

After each session, a dedicated Q&A session raised interesting discussions and conclusions on ELVITEN developments:

  • In Rome, users are not aware of the scooter’s functionalities and do not know that a driver’s license and a helmet is required for the usage.
  • Users of scooters/e-bikes and three-wheelers tend to be younger, while 4-wheelers rather represent retired people.
  • The collected data implies that scooters/e-bikes and three-wheelers are better for sharing, 4 wheelers seem to more efficient in being owned.
  • Collecting data on shared e-mobility services is not hindering customers from using them. However, in general, private users (owners) are not keen on letting their data being collected for research purposes.

Recordings of the sessions and presentations can be found on the website.

On 4 and 5 December 2019, ELVITEN joined the 3rd edition of the European conference ‘Results from road transport research in Horizon 2020 projects’, organised by the European Commission, ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) in Brussels. Dr. Evangelia Portouli, Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS) […]

2nd City Workshop in Rome

On 27 November 2019, ELVITEN city partner – Rome held its second city workshop in the IX EUR City Hall of Rome organised by the dedicated Municipality. Municipality representatives of the workshop included the Capitoline councilor Linda Meleo (responsible for infrastructure), the municipal councilor Alessandro Drago (responsible for Mobility, Suburbs, Community Programs, Simple Rome) and the technical director of the Municipality Giacomo Guastella.

The main topic of the ELVITEN workshop was the long-term sharing of electric bikes. It presented technical aspects, objectives and expectations of the project with a special focus on travel data in Rome, but also of the other pilot cities. During the workshop, an interactive debate with public representatives took place, introducing the possibility of creating soft mobility corridors or routes dedicated to electric vehicles (max. 30 km/h). These corridors aim at improving the infrastructure, optimising the sharing processes and encouraging electric mobility.

The electric vehicles in Rome are registered as two-wheel mopeds and therefore require the use of helmet and a driver’s license. They are usually used for home-work trips, professional or personal purposes throughout the territory of Rome. The 60 bikes are free of charge and target employees of public bodies and private companies based in Rome.

A short video summarising the 2nd workshop in Rome is available (in Italian) on ELVITEN YouTube channel.

A press report (in Italian) of the Rome Municipality.

On 27 November 2019, ELVITEN city partner – Rome held its second city workshop in the IX EUR City Hall of Rome organised by the dedicated Municipality. Municipality representatives of the workshop included the Capitoline councilor Linda Meleo (responsible for infrastructure), the municipal councilor Alessandro Drago (responsible for Mobility, Suburbs, Community Programs, Simple Rome) and […]

Genova Smart Week 2019

The Genova Smart Week 2019 took place from 25 to 30 November 2019 offering events, meetings and initiatives dedicated to the Smart City and the Circular Economy, promoted by the Genoa Smart City Association and the Municipality of Genoa. The goal of the 5th edition was to present the best practices of companies and institutions and to analyse the patterns of development of the smart city.

Six days full of conferences, exhibitions, workshops and technical meetings for operators and test drives on electric vehicles in the heart of the city. ELVITEN project partner in Genoa – Duferco Energia showcased to visitors ELVITEN’s electric vehicles’ features, replied to a lot of questions and curiosities on E-mobility and described the project’s opportunities for consumers. Overall, the one-week event was successful at familiarizing citizens, users, industry and local politicians with future practices in the mobility sector.

ELVITEN project partner Duferco Energia SpA is a Duferco Group company operating in the Italian energy market. Created to manage the Group’s investments in renewable production plants, it subsequently focused on the marketing of electricity and gas for all market segments.

The Genova Smart Week 2019 took place from 25 to 30 November 2019 offering events, meetings and initiatives dedicated to the Smart City and the Circular Economy, promoted by the Genoa Smart City Association and the Municipality of Genoa. The goal of the 5th edition was to present the best practices of companies and institutions […]

ELVITEN @ STA Annual Conference and Innovation Awards

On 26 November 2019, ELVITEN participated in the STA Annual Conference and Innovation Awards in Brussels.

During the Session 1: Bringing Smart Transportation Infrastructures to Reality, various projects focused on smart transportation infrastructure were presented, e.g. ELVITEN and PAsCAL. Mr José F. Papí, President & SG of STA and ELVITEN project partner – S3Transportation (Smart, Safe and Sustainable Transportation), presented ELVITEN first results to the audience. He described the general goal of the project and achievements so far, including the dashboard where you can check the latest data gathered from ELV trips, users feedback and ICT tools.

Session 2: Discussing the Smart Transportation Infrastructures of the Future explored among other topics: the future of transport research in the next framework programme – Horizon Europe and current challenges of EU instruments providing funding for transport infrastructure projects.

The last session of the conference, the ‘STA Innovation Awards’, honoured global innovators that contributed to deploying smart transportation infrastructures, and to improving the methods, technologies and standards associated with transportation infrastructures. The awards were given in two categories:

  • Person of the Year 2019: Mr Steve Phillips, Secretary-General at Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) & Mr Gauthier Michaux, Head of Road Signalling at the Service Public de Wallonie – Mobilité & Infrastructures (Belgium)
  • Best Innovation Projects 2019: NOESIS: Novel Decision Support tool for Evaluating Strategic Big Data Investments in Transport and Intelligent Mobility Services & BIOREPAVATION: Innovation in Bio-Recycling of Old Asphalt Pavements

 

On 26 November 2019, ELVITEN participated in the STA Annual Conference and Innovation Awards in Brussels. During the Session 1: Bringing Smart Transportation Infrastructures to Reality, various projects focused on smart transportation infrastructure were presented, e.g. ELVITEN and PAsCAL. Mr José F. Papí, President & SG of STA and ELVITEN project partner – S3Transportation (Smart, Safe […]

ELVITEN ICT tools and dashboard

Different ICT tools have been developed under the ELVITEN project to collect data of the usage of ELVITEN’s means of transport in each city: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. Data coming from such tools will be used later on to develop efficient business models. You can find below a short summary of all applications developed and used within the ELVITEN project.

Digital Coach app: the app is a fleet monitoring tool sending location and telemetry data to the data warehouse to create a detailed driving analysis. Moreover, a summary of trip and weather is created and transmitted. This app is used in every project city.

Booking App: this app collects booking messages regarding vehicles, charging points and parking spaces. It is currently used in Trikala, Malaga and Bari.

Serious Game App: this app combines elements of fun and entertainment for users of EL-Vs in project cities, providing riders with useful information about the project, the benefits of the use of EL-Vs and touristic or interesting places in the city. It is currently used in Trikala, Malaga and Bari and will be soon available in Rome.

Smart App: this app is an end-user application that allows an ELVITEN user to interact with the incentive system and fill in questionnaires. It is used in Trikala, Malaga, Bari, Genoa and Rome.

D-Mobility app: the app offers charging services to Duferco Energia e-mobility customers. It is only used in Genoa.

There is also a new tool on the ELVITEN website – dashboard, which provides up to date information (updated every 24 hours) regarding EL-Vs usage in all six European pilot cities. The data being provided on the website comes among other sources from the black boxes fixed on the ELVITEN EL-Vs. Find the dashboard here and check how each city is performing.

Check the ELVITEN YouTube channel with videos demonstrating different tools used in ELVITEN cities.

Different ICT tools have been developed under the ELVITEN project to collect data of the usage of ELVITEN’s means of transport in each city: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. Data coming from such tools will be used later on to develop efficient business models. You can find below a short summary of all […]