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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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ELVITEN at the FIA Smart Cities Forum

The city of Zurich hosted the FIA Smart Cities Forum that took place on the 10 June 2018. The event with the theme Smart Data for Shaping the Cities of Tomorrow was the perfect occasion to gather stakeholders interested in the future of mobility to discuss on today’s smart cities challenges and developments. Started in 2017, the forum aims to encourage stakeholders to address concerns such as pollution, congestion and road safety and bring potential solutions to these problems with regards to urban mobility.

In this context, the ELVITEN project exhibited two of the Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) provided by the Swiss company Kyburz, one of the 21 project partners. The two fully electric vehicles, suitable for professional and private transport, were located at the auditorium where the discussions were taking place.

The discussion was opened by Peter Goetschi, President of the Touring Club Suisse with keynote speakers such as David Zipper, Resident Fellow of the Urban and Regional Policy Program of the German Marshall Fund, Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General of Polis and Nathan Borgford-Parnell, Science Affairs Officer at the Climate and Clean Air Coalition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

In order to reach the project’s objectives, FIA Region I carried out a public survey to collect data on citizens’ attitudes towards EL-Vs. Around 7,400 answers were collected from road users in Rome, Bari, Genoa, Malaga, Berlin and Trikala. The project has been organising round tables and workshops in each city to evaluate usage schemes and how to approach local stakeholders.

The FIA Region I is also leading an awareness campaign that will target users in the different project locations and that aims to inform them about the use and functionalities of EL-Vs. The campaign also encourages citizens to join public demonstrations of Electric Light Vehicles, scheduled to start in November 2018.

These types of vehicles, together with e-bikes and e-scooters will be showcased during a nine-month round of demonstrations that will be organised in six cities around Europe including Berlin, Rome and Málaga. The project, that kicked off in November last year, has the objective of encouraging European citizens to use alternative and clean means of transportation for their urban traveling. It has been funded under the Horizon 2020 programme seeks to make cities more intelligent and sustainable and collect data on the use of EL-Vs, which is a key aspect for the deployment of this type of vehicles in Europe.

The city of Zurich hosted the FIA Smart Cities Forum that took place on the 10 June 2018. The event with the theme “Smart Data for Shaping the Cities of Tomorrow” was the perfect occasion to gather stakeholders interested in the future of mobility to discuss on today’s smart cities challenges and developments. Started in 2017, the forum […]

ELVITEN Workshop in Málaga

On the 28 April, the second ELVITEN workshop took place at the Trade Fair and Congress in the city of Málaga in the context of the 9th Green Cities Forum. The event, organised by Promálaga, was an excellent occasion to present the ELVITEN project to Spanish stakeholders, and hear their inputs regarding the implementation of the ELVITEN scheme in this city.

The workshop was moderated by Isabel Pascual Villamor from Promálaga and had the participation of several project partners such as Villy Portouli, from ICCS, who presented the project. Andrew Winder, from ERTICO, who showed some of the results of the Public Perception Survey that was launched at the end of 2017 and that gathered more than 7000 answers on the attitudes towards EL-Vs. In addition, Sonja Pajkovska from Hubject spoke about the deployment of EL-Vs in European cities taking the city of Berlin as an example.

Spanish stakeholders also took part in the debate. Researchers from the University of Málaga, Guadalupe Gonzales and Irene Bautista made a presentation on the evolution of the transport system in Málaga. An important intervention was made by Miguel Ruiz, president of the National Urban Association (ATUC) and the managing director of Málaga’s public transport company (EMT). Mr. Ruiz explained some of the challenges the public transport is facing in the city and made emphasis on the importance of projects, such as ELVITEN, for the integration of alternative modes of mobility to the traditional public transportation systems.

The full-day event ended with an open discussion where participants raised some questions, concerns and comments regarding the project objectives and challenges.

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ELVITEN 2nd General Assembly

The ELVITEN consortium gathered in the city of Málaga on 27 April to hold the second project’s General Assembly that aimed at reviewing the current status of the project.

The 21 partners contributed during the full-day meeting by reporting on their activities they have been leading since the project kicked off in November last year.

Martin Wagner from ATOS presented the results of a series of round trips that ELVITEN has been carrying out at the project sites in order to collect information and prepare the cities for the demonstrations of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) that will start in October 2018.

Andrew Winder from ERTICO updated partners on the progress of the results of the ‘Survey on Travel in Cities’ that closed on February 2018 and that collected around 7000 answers on citizens attitudes towards EL-Vs. In addition, Evangelia Portouli from the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) also presented some of the results of the first project workshop that took place in Bari on the 13 April 2018.

The meeting took place at the Málaga Town Hall and was organise by Promálaga which was also responsible for the organisation of the ELVITEN workshop that was held the day before at the Trade Fair and Congress of the city.

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The ELVITEN consortium gathered in the city of Málaga on 27 April to hold the second project’s General Assembly that aimed at reviewing the current status of the project. The 21 partners contributed during the full-day meeting by reporting on their activities they have been leading since the project kicked off in November last year. Martin Wagner […]

Stakeholders workshop in Rome

With the aim of presenting ELVITEN to stakeholders and potential supporters in the city of Rome, the Municipality IX of Rome, one of the 21 project partners, hosted the third ELVITEN workshop on the 17 April 2018.

During the first semester of 2018, the ELVITEN project hold a series of public workshops at the six pilot sites, namely, Bari, Rome, Trikala, Malaga, Genoa and Berlin. The activities targeted specific public interested in electromobility and local authorities who provided inputs on the implementation of the ELVITEN mobility scheme in the mentioned cities.

The event that took place at the Sala Protomoteca, the main Hall of the Rome Municipality, had a significant participation; around 100 high-level stakeholders actively joined the meeting.

The full-day activity gathered mobility managers, representatives of firms working in the sharing mobility and e-mobility, regional and national authorities, professionals and sectorial associations. Key Italian personalities also attended the event, such as the City Councillor to Mobility and the President of the Municipality IX, Dario D’innocenti. This latter opened the event, underlying the importance of ELVITEN to the city of Rome.

Moreover, some of the ELVITEN project partners also contributed to the workshop, which was the case of Italian ICT company T-Bridge, S3T based in London and who oversees the innovation strategies of new EL-Vs businesses, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and KYBURZ, the swiss EL-Vs manufacturing company that will provide some of the vehicles for the project testing.

The event was the perfect opportunity to debate about some of the challenges of ELVITEN in Rome, especially when talking about the deployment of EL-Vs in large cities such as the Italian capital.

The discussion went from issues such as the necessity of building new infrastructure, for instance, bike lines to the need of involving potential users from public bodies and private firms. In addition, participants expressed some concerns regarding the continuation of the ELVITEN scheme and the importance of implementing a more efficient business model to support the viability of the e-bike sharing in Rome beyond the end of the project.

With the aim of presenting ELVITEN to stakeholders and potential supporters in the city of Rome, the Municipality IX of Rome, one of the 21 project partners, hosted the third ELVITEN workshop on the 17 April 2018. During the first semester of 2018, the ELVITEN project hold a series of public workshops at the six pilot sites, […]