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Málaga: ELVITEN Press Conference

On 7 August, the mayor of Málaga Francisco de la Torre accompanied by City Councillors of Tourism and Innovation, Rosa Sanchez and Susana Carillo, presented ELVITEN during a press conference. The Rad Power Bikes will be utilised by residents of Málaga to promote sustainable mobility in the city.

The city of Málaga participates in ELVITEN through project partner Promálaga. For a year, more 250 users will test the forty e-bikes over the period of two months. During the year long demonstrations, the e-Bikes will be collecting data via black boxes. ELVITEN will gather data regarding the trajectory of trips taken, frequency of use, user opinions, ratings and issues encountered by users. This information will be used to create a strategy for implementing EL-Vs in other European cities.

The e-Bikes are given to selected users with a helmet and a security lock for them to use for a period of two months. In order to qualify, citizens must be 18 years or older, with a valid drivers license and a secure place to store the e-Bike. Once the user is selected, they must make a 100 euro deposit that will be returned at the end of the trial period. As there are 15 e-hubs installed in the parking lot of the Tabacalera, the principle users are workers who work close to the complex. There have been 285 submitted user applications to date. Thirty-seven bikes have already been utilised and a total of 942 trips have been registered. The applications are still open and all interested users are welcomed to apply for the opportunity to receive an e-Bike. For more information, visit the Promálaga website.

 

 

ELVITEN in Berlin: The Zerofleet

ELVITEN partner Hubject has gone live with ZeroFleet in Berlin!

Berlin is the largest city and capital of Germany with over three million residents. As a global city of culture, media, science and politics, Berlin attracts approximately twelve million visitors annually. The second most populous city in Europe after London, it is home to world-renowned universities, orchestras, museums, and entertainment venues. Its temperate climate, historical importance and lively culture makes all contributes to Berlin’s appeal.

Due to its location in a low-lying area, Berlin is mostly flat making it ideal for the use of EL-Vs. Excluding walking, 41% of all trips are made by car, van or motorcycle. Its well-developed public transportation system makes it easier to travel through the city during peak times where congestion causes traffic. 40% of the trips done in the city are by public transportation while 19% are by bicycle. With the overall populations desire to own a personal vehicle drops and the city’s vision for a climate neutral Berlin by 2050, sustainable mobility is a top priority. The aim of ELVITEN is to deploy ten eScooters in a ride-sharing scheme and raise awareness using the #LetsGoElectric campaign in order to promote more sustainable modes of transport.

The Hubject ZeroFleet is a pilot running parallelly to the other demonstrations occurring in the five other cities. The ten eScooters are being offered on a long-term sharing scheme where participants will have and use the scooter for three weeks free of charge. After applying, chosen users will receive the eScooter, a helmet, a lockable box and insurance. In return, participants are expected to fill out a 10 question questionnaire and post a minimum of three photos on social media with the tags #LetsGoElectric and #ThisIsHubject. Black boxes on the eScooters will collect data that ELVITEN will use to create guidelines for ideal business models as well as the integration of EL-Vs into urban transport systems.

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ELVITEN partner Hubject has gone live with ZeroFleet in Berlin! Berlin is the largest city and capital of Germany with over three million residents. As a global city of culture, media, science and politics, Berlin attracts approximately twelve million visitors annually. The second most populous city in Europe after London, it is home to world-renowned […]

FEV Survey: Electromobility on the Rise

Electromobility has begun to enter the consciousness of the general public. Hybrid and electric vehicles are expected to take up a significant share of the European market by 2030. The underlying factors are not just a wider range of products on the market, but also rising consumer acceptance.

The results of this years annual consumer survey carried out by FEV Consulting showed that over 80% of European consumers can imagine buying a hybrid or battery-powered system when purchasing their next vehicle. The main advantages consumers think of regarding electric vehicles are: environmental friendliness (73%), energy efficiency (46%) and access to restricted areas (30%). As a whole, 23% of Europeans are willing to pay a premium for an electric vehicle. The ecological and social criteria for electric vehicles were also viewed more positively than the previous year [2018].

One of the main challenges that continues to damage the perception of electromobility among consumers is the limited charging infrastructure and the lack of options for electric vehicle models. ELVITEN addresses these issues regarding Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs). By integrating existing charging stations into a wide and open platform for users, ELVITEN hopes to positively increase the users perception of electromobility.

Read more about the study on FEV Consulting.

Electromobility has begun to enter the consciousness of the general public. Hybrid and electric vehicles are expected to take up a significant share of the European market by 2030. The underlying factors are not just a wider range of products on the market, but also rising consumer acceptance. The results of this years annual consumer […]

ELVITEN deploys 75 e-Bikes in Bari

ELVITEN demonstrations have gone live in Bari!

Bari is the second most important economic centre in the South of Italy, with around 325,000 inhabitants. Its port is considered the largest passenger hub on the Adriatic Sea and attracts over 500,000 passengers annually. A large university city with hot and dry summers and mild winters, makes it a lively city full of history rich with the diversity of migrants and a younger crowd.

The city of Bari is almost completely flat making it ideal for the use of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs). The Regional Plan of Transport for 2015-2019 shows that the main mode of transport used by citizens is cars or vans (52%), followed by motorcycles (22%), public transportation (18%), and bicycles (5%). The aim of ELVITEN is to deploy 75 e-Bikes and raise awareness through the #LetsGoElectric campaign to upscale the use of more sustainable modes of transport.

ELVITEN project partner Politecnico Di Bari (POLIBA) has teamed up with S3Transportation to bring 75 Rad Power Bikes to the southern Italian city. 60 EL-Vs will be assigned as a corporate leasing scheme to the Polytechnic University of Bari, Acquedotto Pugliese of Bari, Port Authority, University of Bari, hotels and bed and breakfasts. The target users will be the employees of each company as well as tourists. Each company will provide parking spaces and charging points, and selected users will be granted short term use. 15 EL-Vs will also be provided to private agencies and fleet owners for rental services (including small parcel deliveries).

Interested participants can register at www.elviten-city-users-registration.eu. Selected users are then guided through the ELVITEN unifying app and given an e-Bike that can be used to explore the city using the Elvigame. Like the demonstrations occurring in Malaga, users receive incentives and have access to e-Hubs where they can charge and store their e-Bikes. The black boxes placed on the e-bikes will collect and store useful information that will help ELVITEN create guidelines for integration of EL-Vs into the urban transport system.

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ELVITEN Goes Live in Trikala!

The ELVITEN registration point in Trikala is ready to welcome users!

The city of Trikala is situated in the Northwestern part of Thessaly, Greece. Home to around 82,000 inhabitants, the Greek city experiences warm summers and mild winters. With a historic city centre and close proximity to an important UNESCO world heritage site, Trikala is a city with a lot to offer.

Although the city does not suffer from severe congestion due to its medium size, it still experiences congestion during peak travel times. The main points of congestion within the city are around the three bridges that cross the river passing through the city centre. While local public transportation provide an economic option, it does not deliver last-mile solutions to the city centre. In an effort to have fewer cars in the city centre, local authorities promote green mobility and work to expand the usage of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-V’s). ELVITEN focuses on establishing a shared network 10 EL-V’s (5 e-tricycles and 5 e-quadricycles) provided by Swiss manufacturer Kyburz.

Citizens interested in testing out an EL-V can visit the ELVITEN registration point and meet with an ELVITEN Trikala operator. After checking the relevant documents, accepted users are then registered and guided through the ELVITEN app, which is used to book the EL-Vs. Once a vehicle is booked, users receive the keys from the ELVITEN Fleet Manager and pick up the vehicle from designated parking spaces. Data and trip information is collected via black boxes which will be used by ELVITEN to analyse and propose guidelines for integration into the transport system.

ELVITEN has began operating in Trikala since February of this year and open to the public since April. Interested citizens can visit our Youtube page to learn more about how they can get involved!

 

 

Duferco Energia presents ELVITEN at the GoaBoa Festival

The Goa Boa festival is a music event that takes place every year in Genoa, Italy. The event is a part of the ‘Genova Città dei Festival’ exhibition, organized by the Municipality of Genoa. During the ten day long music festival, the event welcomed in thousands of people.

ELVITEN partner Duferco Energia, participated in the event to promote ELVITEN after the installation of the first two e-charging hubs, which brought 24 brand new charging points dedicated to Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs), in Genoa. At the Duferco Energia x ELVITEN booth, attendees of the festival were able to ask questions about e-mobility and learn more about how ELVITEN is making transport more sustainable in the city of Genoa.

Being among one of the greenest cities in Italy, in Genoa there are already 100 EL-Vs and 16 charging points. ELVITEN will bring 10 electric tricycles to Genoa for shared mobility and create a charging network. The EL-Vs will be provided for free use and tackle owners, sharers and deliverers.

 

ELVITEN x Rad Power Bikes Arrive in Málaga

Citizens of Málaga will soon begin seeing ELVITEN x Rad Power Bikes all over their city! ELVITEN demonstrates how Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) can be used in urban areas and be integrated within existing charging networks. ELVITEN partner ProMálaga has teamed up with S3Transportation to bring forty Rad Power e-bikes to this urban city. Citizens interested in participating in the ELVITEN project can fill out an application for the chance to become one of the users who takes home an e-Bike.

In order to be considered, potential users need to fill out an online survey about their mobility habits, which can be requested via email. Applicants are then assessed on whether they fit the requirements to become a user, including having a valid drivers license. Selected users must then fill out a project participation contract and download the ELVITEN app which provides all of the information about the vehicle. Users receive the bike, an authorized helmet, a portable charger and an anti-theft security system that is to be utilised every time the bike is in use. Users also have access to e-Hubs located around the city where the bike can be charged and stored. Users are then allowed to enjoy their new bikes for a total of two months!

The selection of users has already begun. If you live in Málaga, visit our Youtube page to learn more about how you can join!

Berlin Mobility Act: Working Towards Full Sustainability

Berlins public transportation systems are considered to be one of the best in the world. The city is efficiently connected through the U-Bahn (underground or subway), the S-Bahn (light rail), buses and trams. While the U-Bahn is the most efficient way of getting around the inner city, the S-Bahn comes in handy for covering larger distances. Buses, trams and bicycles come in more useful when trying to travel shorter distances. Despite the city being very well connected, a set of wheels is often needed in order to travel to locations outside of the city centre. With most Berliners not owning a car, ride-sharing platforms have become the cheapest, most efficient and sustainable way to get around the city.

This wave of sustainable urban mobility is all due to the Berlin Mobility Act, which strives to create a balance between cars, bicycles, public transport and pedestrians. The goal is to improve the efficiency of transport mobility as a whole, support the Berlin Senate to make car traffic in Berlin climate-neutral by 2050, and eliminate the number of fatalities and seriously injured persons, also known as vision zero. Two important measures included in the act are to redesign  dangerous junctions and to create safe bicycle lanes along all main roads.

Berlin is well on its way to achieving its goals. ELVITEN contributes to this vision by working closely with project partner Hubject to bring 10 e-Scooters to Berlin. Increasing shared mobility and integrating existing charging networks, ELVITEN contributes to Berlins goal of becoming more sustainable. #LetsGoElectric

Berlins public transportation systems are considered to be one of the best in the world. The city is efficiently connected through the U-Bahn (underground or subway), the S-Bahn (light rail), buses and trams. While the U-Bahn is the most efficient way of getting around the inner city, the S-Bahn comes in handy for covering larger […]

CREDS e-Bike Study

The Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) in the UK has released a report based on existing research called Shifting the focus: energy demand in a net-zero carbon UK. The study highlighted that electric vehicles aren’t actually the best form of transportation when considering environmental impact or urban traffic.

Due to their lower operation cost, electric cars are likely to increase, contributing to further congestion in cities. While electric cars do provide a more environmentally sustainable alternative to gas powered vehicles, they do not address the issue of congestion or inactivity. The CREDS report found that active forms of transportation such as electric bikes, were better solutions to reducing traffic and alleviating health concerns.

The study found that over time, electric cars will likely increase the number of cars on the road due to their lower cost to operate than gas vehicles. This will result in further congestion in cities, an increase in urban sprawl and potentially negative societal health impacts in the form of obesity.

The report states:

“Relying mainly on electrification of vehicles to reach carbon targets can have the consequence of increasing traffic congestion because of the lower cost and lower taxation of electric fuel. Everyday travel should be shifted to the most sustainable modes. Priority on roads should be given to walking, cycling (including e-bikes and e-scooters) and public transport.”

ELVITEN aims to establish and integrate a network of Electric Light Vehicles in six pilot cities: Malaga, Berlin, Trikala, Genoa, Rome and Bari.

The Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) in the UK has released a report based on existing research called Shifting the focus: energy demand in a net-zero carbon UK. The study highlighted that electric vehicles aren’t actually the best form of transportation when considering environmental impact or urban traffic. Due to their lower operation […]