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More and more people are moving to the city. This increasing amount of urban population is accompanied by an increasing amount of environmental challenges that face our society. Pressures on services, housing, transport and finally environment are consequences of this trend, which has an impact on the quality of life of the urban population.

To counter this problem, the movement of the European Green Capital Network was created. Signed in Nijmegen on 23 November and presented at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice in December, the network seeks to inspire cities worldwide to become more sustainable and climate resilient. This can be done by following consistent environmental policies, promoting biodiversity and green spaces, implementing a modern waste management and finally promoting and introducing sustainable mobility solutions. As an initiative of the European Commission, the network’s premise is that the cities are the driving force behind sustainable development.

The Green Capital Network currently invites as many cities as possible around the world that have not yet been part of the movement to collaborate in order to be in a better position when negotiating with national governments and international institutions.

The European Green Capital Network wants its members to actively contribute to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, to engage in a green movement in our cities and to raise awareness among citizens for the benefits of low carbon pathways, which is also the main goal of the ELVITEN project.

Cities are invited to set ambitious and sustainable targets and to work together with businesses and research institutes to identify innovative solutions for a sustainable way of life in urban areas. Cities also need to set frameworks for an inclusive bottom-up approach in order to foster new economic models and change in people’s minds.

More information about the initiative and how to participate can be found here.

More and more people are moving to the city. This increasing amount of urban population is accompanied by an increasing amount of environmental challenges that face our society. Pressures on services, housing, transport and finally environment are consequences of this trend, which has an impact on the quality of life of the urban population. To […]

ELVITEN at the Genoa Smart Week 2018

The fourth edition of the Genoa Smart Week was organised from 19 – 24 November by Genoa Smart City Association, the Municipality of Genoa and the Liguria Region with the organisational support of Clickutility Team. The purpose of this event was to discuss the financing and the implementation of innovative projects to make a city ‘intelligent’ and to consequently improve the quality of life of citizens. A city is considered intelligent when it provides services, optimises economic and environmental resources and reduces the social and cultural gap.

As it promotes sustainable means of transport and consequently an improvement of the quality of life of citizens, the ELVITEN project was present at this year’s Genoa Smart Week. On 23 November, ELVITEN organised a conference discussing potentialities of ELVs for urban mobility renewal in Genoa. In front of 400 representatives from the scientific community, industry, civil society and public authorities, ELVITEN partner TBridge presented the ELVITEN project and its impact on the mobility of Genoa. This was followed by an explanation of the Regional Support Groups of ELVITEN and how partners benefit from joining them.

The presentation (in Italian) is available here.

In addition, on 24 November, the ‘Charge & Move’ treasure hunt was organised in cooperation with ELVITEN on Piazza Matteotti. Participants were able to learn how to use electric bikes in the most efficient way. The winners of the treasure hunt won an electric bike offered by Ecomission.

Use of Electric Light Vehicles allowed in Germany

Following European legislation, Germany finally regulates the use of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs) nationwide. The new law, which will go into effect latest by early 2019, will open new possibilities for both rental services and manufacturers. Additionally, it will gather all EL-Vs (kick scooters and mono-wheelers) in one category.

The German Ministry of Transport precises that the legislation will foresee a maximum speed of 20 km/h unless the driver is wearing a helmet. Furthermore, small electric vehicles will be subject to compulsory insurance and the electric motor power will be limited to 500 watts, except for self-balancing vehicles. The Ministry further precises that the EL-V needs to be roadworthy, which means that it must be able to brake, be controllable and very probably needs a lighting system. Last but not least, EL-Vs must use the “existing cycle path structures or cycle lanes”.

This is good news for users, manufacturers and service oriented companies. The new law will enable similar sharing concepts (such as Bird or Lime) that have emerged in several cities around the world over the last years. Nevertheless manufacturers of EL-Vs criticise some of the steps made by the German Ministry of Transport, such as the need for compulsory insurance.

Following European legislation, Germany finally regulates the use of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs) nationwide. The new law, which will go into effect latest by early 2019, will open new possibilities for both rental services and manufacturers. Additionally, it will gather all EL-Vs (kick scooters and mono-wheelers) in one category. The German Ministry of Transport precises that the […]

ELVITEN at the World Collaborative Mobility Congress 2018

With the objective to promote collaborative mobility, the 6th World Collaborative Mobility Congress (WOCOMOCO) took place in Rotterdam from 5 to 7 November 2018. Speakers and delegates gathered to review and discussed current shared mobility solutions and helped to further advance urban transport’s collaborative aspect.

ELVITEN was present at the Congress with an exhibition stand demonstrating an Electric Light Vehicle (EL-V) provided by ELVITEN’s partner Kyburz, a Swiss company devoted to developing and producing electric vehicles. The electric tricycle that was displayed at the stand is a sample of one of the vehicles that will be tested in Trikala and Genoa, two of the six ELVITEN pilot cities.

Furthermore, ELVITEN was present during the session “Local Co-Mobility Heroes of Berlin” where project partner Hubject provided information on the future plans of ELVITEN in Berlin. As one of the keynote speakers Ricarda Mendy presented the project to Congress’ assistants in a shared session that had the participation of Uber, Nextbike, a German company that develops and operates public bike-sharing systems and BVG, the main public transport company of Berlin.

The World Collaborative Mobility Congress (WOCOMOCO) is an annual meeting place for stakeholders from the expanding worlds of car-, ride- and bike-sharing. It wishes to drive social change forward towards the creation of sustainable, efficient mobility and is, therefore, promoting dialogue on the theme from the political, economic and social aspects. The Congress is organised annually by the Mobility Academy, a subsidiary of the Touring Club Switzerland.

You can access the ELVITEN presentation here.

 

With the objective to promote collaborative mobility, the 6th World Collaborative Mobility Congress (WOCOMOCO) took place in Rotterdam from 5 to 7 November 2018. Speakers and delegates gathered to review and discussed current shared mobility solutions and helped to further advance urban transport’s collaborative aspect. ELVITEN was present at the Congress with an exhibition stand […]

Electric Light Vehicles to be tested in Trikala

Moving around Trikala will be easier and more sustainable in the near future. After having implemented Greek’s first self-driving bus (CityMobile2) Trikala continues promoting smart mobility by including EL-Vs in the everyday transport network.

On 19 September 2018, in the context of the European Mobility Week 2018, the City of Trikala demonstrated two Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) at the Traffic Park of the Municipality. The Mayor of Trikala Dimitris Papastergiou, together with the chairman of e-Trikala SA Ioannis Kotoulas introduced the three- and a four-wheeler EL-Vs to the public. The vehicles were provided by the Swiss EL-Vs manufacturer Kyburz, one of the partners of the ELVITEN project.

The use of such EL-Vs “can help people to make their daily commutes smoother and more ecological and faster in cases of transport, delivery and public service needs” Mr. Papastergiou highlighted. “These vehicles will show that technology has begun to mature and to provide solutions to the everyday life of a city”, he added.  The event was also an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the next steps of the ELVITEN project and how to use the scientific data gathered from the use of EL-Vs.

Additionally, the audience got informed about the vehicles that will be deployed in Trikala for delivery use or for citizens’ commuting. These EL-Vs will be provided with special tracking equipment that records speed, potential delays and the way of moving to the city. The testing of these vehicles will start in the last semester of 2018.

Trikala is one of six European cities participating in the ELVITEN project aiming to achieve a mind-shift among road users by providing them with a better EL-V experience. This H2020 project seeks to facilitate electric mobility for urban travellers and delivery companies and as a consequence supports the idea of a greener urban future.

You can find a video of the workshop here:

Moving around Trikala will be easier and more sustainable in the near future. After having implemented Greek’s first self-driving bus (CityMobile2) Trikala continues promoting smart mobility by including EL-Vs in the everyday transport network. On 19 September 2018, in the context of the European Mobility Week 2018, the City of Trikala demonstrated two Electric Light Vehicles […]

ELVITEN Stakeholder Workshops

With the objective to involve local stakeholders in the development of ELVITEN, the project started holding its first round of stakeholder’s workshops as part of the preparation for the project demonstrations of EL-Vs that will kick off in December 2018.

From  April to September 2018, several meetings were organised at the six ELVITEN cities where project partners introduced the project to local authorities and professionals in the transport and mobility sector.

ELVITEN city leaders collected useful feedback provided during the workshops which will contribute to a better deployment of the ELVITEN scheme in each project location.

Would you like to know more about the activities? Click on the city of your interest.

Smart Mobility enerTIC Award 2018: ELVITEN one of three finalists

We did it! The Expert Committee of enerTIC, a platform that aims to improve energy efficiency by using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), nominated ELVITEN as one of the finalists of this year’s enerTIC Award in the category of “Smart Mobility”.

The nomination was made as a recognition to the sustainable and eco-friendly aspects of the ELVITEN project which will promote the use of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) in urban areas of six European cities including the city of Málaga. Spanish project partner ATOS SPAIN SA postulated ELVITEN to this prominent award that acknowledges innovative projects committed to energy efficiency and sustainability.

The public vote will decide the winning projects, which will be announced on December 12 during the Official Award Ceremony, at the Secretariat of State for Digital Advancement in Madrid. As a finalist, the ELVITEN project will appear in the VII Smart Energy Reference Guide “Technology for the improvement of Energy Efficiency” which will be presented during the enerTIC awards Ceremony and at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

There are 14 award-winning under the categories “Smart Cities”, “Smart Energy”, “Smart Industry 4.0”, “Smart Data Center” and “International Projects”. In total, 116 projects have been evaluated by the Committee, following precise evaluation criteria. Among these criteria is the degree of innovation, the usability of ICT, the use of metrics and improvement indicators, the applicability in other environments and finally the impact on the reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

To vote, you have to register here using your professional email, then log-in on the enerTIC Award website (in Spanish only). Once you have registered and logged in, go to the voting page and search for the ELVITEN project under the category ‘Smart Mobility’.

The deadline is Friday 16 November. We count on you!

 

 

We did it! The Expert Committee of enerTIC, a platform that aims to improve energy efficiency by using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), nominated ELVITEN as one of the finalists of this year’s enerTIC Award in the category of “Smart Mobility”. The nomination was made as a recognition to the sustainable and eco-friendly aspects of the ELVITEN […]

ELVITEN: Paving the way for electromobility in Genoa

With the objective of preparing the cities for the deployment of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs), ELVITEN held two workshops in the city of Genoa. The first activity took place in May 2018 and a second workshop was coordinated on 27 September. During both workshops, ELVITEN partners had the opportunity to introduce the project to an specialised public, interested parties and relevant city authorities.

The first workshops brought together relevant stakeholder such as Stefano Balleari, deputy mayor of the Municipality of Genoa who emphasized in the city commitment of increasing electromobility plans and deploying new infrastructure and incentives for citizens to use the services. Furthermore, the mobility manager of the Municipality explained the mobility plan of the city, the territory and its network of roads highlighting the importance of ELVITEN.

A special contribution was done by project partner Duferco Energia who explained its role in the project. They were tasked to create a charging hub (24 EL-V charging point, 10 charging points for bikes, one column with two charging point for EVs) and a charging island EL-V. In addition, they explained the usefulness of the location of the hubs in the city and the IoT solution adopted for the booking of the charging points.

As part of the ELVITEN consortium, T-Bridge also made a presentation referring  to the ELECTRA project that paved the way for urban electromobility in Genoa, through the study and experimentation of specific tools and actions.

Participants pointed out the importance of improving the city infrastructures and services an expressed their interest in participate in the different ELVITEN activities.

Although the second workshop pursued the same objective of introducing ELVITEN to local stakeholders, a great focus was put on the EPPI Platform for positive incentives. T-Bridge performed a demo of the SmartApp showing how the final users can monitor and manage their wallet of points collected and the possible awards to be reached. This workshop had the participation of companies such as Quaeryon who are developing the incentive scheme in the city of Genoa and Softeco who showed and performed a demo of the operator web app that shall be used by municipalities’ representatives during the implementation phase for the activities.

As a final point, the Municipality of Genoa described the permanent showroom that will be implemented within the ELVITEN project. The Municipality will provide the space for the project promotion and in which Regional Support Groups will be invited to advertise their business.

With the objective of preparing the cities for the deployment of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs), ELVITEN held two workshops in the city of Genoa. The first activity took place in May 2018 and a second workshop was coordinated on 27 September. During both workshops, ELVITEN partners had the opportunity to introduce the project to an […]

New Electric Vehicles for the “Smart city” of Trikala

On 19 September 2018, Mr Demetris Papastergiou, the mayor of the city of Trikala presented two new electric vehicles to the public. These vehicles will be in circulation from the 1 October on. Trikala is one of six cities participating in the ELVITEN project and was the first one in Greece to implement a self-driving bus (CityMobile2), which makes Trikala a pioneer in the everyday use of electric vehicles.

“Electric vehicles are required to show that they have begun to mature and to provide solutions to a city’s everyday life”, Papastergiou said. Indeed, these vehicles “can help to move more smoothly, cleaner and faster in cases of transport, delivery and public needs”, he continued. Nevertheless, the electric vehicles are still equipped with tracking and recording material that register the speed, location, delay and their way of moving around the city.

In addition to the two electric vehicles acquired by the municipality of Trikala, Gorgolis SA donated another light-duty electric vehicle which will be used exclusively for the cleaning of the city. With these actions, Trikala approaches the goal of the ELVITEN project and underlines the importance of exploring new ways of sustainable mobility in urban areas.

The ELVITEN project is proud of having Trikala as one of its pilot cities given that Trikala is Greece’s first “smart city” and has been developing a large number of initiatives for sustainable mobility over the last years.

On 19 September 2018, Mr Demetris Papastergiou, the mayor of the city of Trikala presented two new electric vehicles to the public. These vehicles will be in circulation from the 1 October on. Trikala is one of six cities participating in the ELVITEN project and was the first one in Greece to implement a self-driving […]