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Call for extended abstract – ITF Pre-Summit Research Day

On 26 May 2020 the International Transport Forum (ITF) together with the ECTRI, the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), is co-organising the ITF 2020 Pre-Summit Research Day which will take place in Leipzig, Germany. The event will take place in conjunction with the International Transport Forum’s 2020 Annual Summit on 27- 29 May 2020 on the topic of “Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development”.

The objective of the Pre-Summit Research Day is to bring together top academics, researchers, and practitioners to present and discuss topics relevant to the Summit’s theme. It is critically important that research results are brought into practice. Therefore, the Research Day offers a great opportunity to exchange ideas with researchers, as well as, with representatives from governments, cities, and other decision makers.

A call for abstracts is now open. While the 2020 ITF Summit on Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development will discuss linkages between innovation in transport sector in all of its dimensions, i.e., regulation, infrastructure design, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), drones, air connectivity, internet of things (IOT), algorithms, etc., and will cut across individual/passenger travel and freight logistics and supply chains, the Research Day will limit its scope to three specific topics. In particular, in order to plan their actions and investments for the coming years, policy makers need input from researchers to provide knowledge and solutions on how to:

  • Seize the opportunities offered by micromobility and active transport;
  • Connect remote and rural areas with innovative sustainable transport solutions; and
  • Stimulate the adoption of low-carbon vehicle technologies.

Submissions of extended abstracts of up to 1000 words that address Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development on one of the above three topics are therefore welcomed.

Abstracts shall be submitted before Friday 6 March 2020.

Find more information here.

On 26 May 2020 the International Transport Forum (ITF) together with the ECTRI, the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), is co-organising the ITF 2020 Pre-Summit Research Day which will take place in Leipzig, Germany. The event will take place in conjunction with the International Transport Forum’s […]

Join the 2020 European Urbanism Next Conference

On 25 and 26 June 2020, the 2020 European Urbanism Next Conference will be held at Maassilo in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Pre-conference workshops will take place on June 24.

The conference is inspired by the annual Urbanism Next Conference in Portland, Oregon, USA. It will be an interdisciplinary convening of private, public and academic stakeholders such as political decision makers, planning and design professionals, real estate developers, urban logistics experts, researchers, entrepreneurs, mobility service providers and corporate mobility planners who play critical roles in shaping the future of cities. The conference will explore how technological, societal and economic trends will change- among others- the environment, the economy, transport and urban planning.

Each session will aim for a mix of formats, from traditional ones (presentations with Q/As and panel discussions) to more unconventional ones (Pecha Kucha and ‘Brain-squeezing’ sessions).

The call for sessions and speakers for Urbanism Next Europe 2020 is now open, the deadline is set on 28 February 2020.

Submit a session proposal to shape the European conversation on the present and future trends of urban mobility and development.

On 25 and 26 June 2020, the 2020 European Urbanism Next Conference will be held at Maassilo in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Pre-conference workshops will take place on June 24. The conference is inspired by the annual Urbanism Next Conference in Portland, Oregon, USA. It will be an interdisciplinary convening of private, public and academic stakeholders […]

Further step towards green mobility: ELVITEN Go Live event in Genoa

On 23 January 2020, the Municipality of Genoa and Duferco Energia invited users, local authorities, the project’s partners and other project stakeholders to celebrate the ELVITEN Project Go Live in Genoa and to demonstrate the functionalities of the charging areas.

The event took place in one of the 4 ELVITEN areas close to the Piazza Principe train station in Genoa. Participants in the event could try electric vehicles and ELVITEN services to charge their electric bikes, motorbikes and quadricycles. All charging points can be reached free of charge until the end of the projected (October 2020) by simply registering with DEN ELVITEN services with the Duferco Energia mobile D-Mobility app.

A new equipment of 60 charging points for light electric vehicles, added to the 80 positions which were already present, places Genoa at the forefront in trialing light electric mobility. The equipment includes:

  • 12 type 3A wall-boxes and 5 “Bipàro” bike-boxes for parking and recharging electric bicycles between Via Fanti d’Italia and Via Bersaglieri
  • 12 wall-boxes and 4 bike-boxes at Via De Amicis
  • 24 wall boxes and 10 bikes- box at Via Pinelli
  • And further 12 wall boxes and 4 bike-boxes will be installed soon at Corso Andrea Podesta

A video of the event can be found here. A press release of the event can be found on the Municipality of Genoa website (Italian version). You can also check the Duferco Energia LinkedIn page.

On 23 January 2020, the Municipality of Genoa and Duferco Energia invited users, local authorities, the project’s partners and other project stakeholders to celebrate the ELVITEN Project Go Live in Genoa and to demonstrate the functionalities of the charging areas. The event took place in one of the 4 ELVITEN areas close to the Piazza […]

ELVITEN participated in ECO-FEST 2020 in Athens

Eco – Fest 2020 was a three – days celebration dedicated to Green Cities, Sustainable Development and Electromobility, aiming to feature the societal benefits of environmentally active citizens, the environmental and financial benefits of implementing ecologic solutions in energy and transport, the new and friendly to the environment technologies and goods, the tendencies and innovations in the electromobility sector. The event took place in Technopolis, Athens on 18, 19 & 20 of January 2020 in a three – days festival, full of educational and entertaining activities addressing citizens of all age groups and policy makers.

Eco – Fest 2020 is a unique networking event, whose main goal is to get all readily applicable and functional technological solutions in touch with authorities in order to develop more friendly, smart and safe cities. For this very reason, the two conferences that were held during the festival were linked to both smart cities and eco-mobility, as well as to financial and political solutions for the implementation in municipalities and citizens’ daily life.

ELVITEN project coordinator ICCS participated in the exhibition with a booth dedicated to two electromobility projects, ELVITEN and NEMO. The ICCS’s booth attracted many visitors, who expressed their interest to know more about the future of transport in Europe. Among others, the Mayor of Athens, Mr. Kostas Bakoyannis, as well as the Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Kostis Hatzidakis and the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Mrs. Niki Kerameus, visited the booth, expressed their interest and discussed with ICCS members research outcomes and how they could be integrated into citizens’ daily life in order to improve it.

Overall, the event attracted more than 400 visitors and gave ICCS the opportunity to present key EU activities on electromobility, present the important benefits of Light Electric Vehicles use for urban transportation and discuss the citizens’ real needs for future mobility.

 

Eco – Fest 2020 was a three – days celebration dedicated to Green Cities, Sustainable Development and Electromobility, aiming to feature the societal benefits of environmentally active citizens, the environmental and financial benefits of implementing ecologic solutions in energy and transport, the new and friendly to the environment technologies and goods, the tendencies and innovations […]

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) […]