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ELVITEN @EGVIA Workshop on Energy4Transport in Brussels

On 21 October, ELVITEN project participated in a workshop on ‘What technology mix to achieve zero net carbon energy carriers in road transport by 2050?’ which was jointly organised by EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) and ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) in Brussels.

The workshop highlighted Ursula von der Leyen’s goal to achieve zero carbon by 2050. A further goal is to protect EU’s citizens from air pollution. Hybrid and electric vehicles are an important means in the EU’s strategy. Therefore, the next steps include that innovations should be better considered, as well as an extension of studies beyond tire to wheel and air pollution (regulated and non-regulated) that need to be addressed.

Furthermore, speakers from major institutions tackling this issue provided an overview of what is at stake for the future and tried to answer the technical workshop’s title. The event concluded with an interesting panel on a current key trend in the transport sector: Electrification. EGVIA’s Chairman Stefan Neugebauer stated that: “Electrification is a short term solution to reach the 2030 CO2 targets, but it requires further efforts to reach full move away from fossil fuels, in particular for use in heavy-duty vehicles, through biofuels and synthetic fuels”. However, the use of biofuels can also be criticised, as the issue of air pollution remains unsolved. ELVITEN joined the workshop by promoting electrification in the transport sector and distributing project leaflets and giveaways.

Find more information about the event here.

On 21 October, ELVITEN project participated in a workshop on ‘What technology mix to achieve zero net carbon energy carriers in road transport by 2050?’ which was jointly organised by EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) and ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) in Brussels. The workshop highlighted Ursula von der Leyen’s goal to […]

Horizon 2020 Transport Work Programme 2020 calls

Six transport topics under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Transport Work Programme 2020 are open for application. The available budget for transport EU co-funded projects provides approximately €92 million under the following topics:

  • Mobility for Growth (MG),
  • Automated Road Transport (ART),
  • Green Vehicles (GV), and
  • Next Generation Batteries (BAT) calls.

The applications (submitted electronically) have to present project proposals aiming to make the European transport safer, cleaner and more resilient. The projects will be selected for funding in two-stage evaluation. First, candidates should submit short project proposals by 9 January 2020. They will be then informed within 3 months after the submission deadline if they have qualified for the second stage of the selection process. The full project proposal must be then submitted by 8 September 2020.

The transport topics for application are:

  • Cities as climate-resilient, connected multimodal nodes for smart and clean mobility; new approaches towards demonstrating and testing innovative solutions
  • Decarbonising long-distance shipping
  • Understanding and mitigating the effects on public health of emerging non-regulated nanoparticle emissions issues and noise
  • Enhancing coordination between Member States’ actions in the area of infrastructure research with a particular focus on biodiversity and ameliorating environmental impacts and full automated infrastructure upgrade and maintenance
  • Network and traffic management for future mobility
  • Improving road safety by effectively monitoring working patterns and overall fitness of drivers.

On 7 October, the Horizon 2020 Transport Info Day took place in Brussels. The European Commission (DG RTD, DG MOVE) and INEA presented funding opportunities under the Mobility for Growth (MG), Automated Road Transport (ART), Green Vehicles (GV), and Next Generation Batteries (BAT) calls and gave an overview of the application and evaluation process as well as tips for writing a good proposal. If you missed the event you can find the agenda, the presentations, and recordings of the sessions here.

Find more information about how to receive the EU funding and apply on the Funding & tenders opportunities website and become as ELVITEN project a part of the Horizon 2020 funded project and help to green the transport sector. #LetsGoElectric #H2020Transport

Six transport topics under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Transport Work Programme 2020 are open for application. The available budget for transport EU co-funded projects provides approximately €92 million under the following topics: Mobility for Growth (MG), Automated Road Transport (ART), Green Vehicles (GV), and Next Generation Batteries (BAT) calls. The applications (submitted electronically) have to […]

Micro-mobility: the next big thing?

On 14 October 2019, the European Commission (DG MOVE) organised a conference on ‘Micro-mobility: the next big thing?’ in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference discussed new transport developments of micro-mobility such as electric scooters, bikes, mopeds, and drones.

Together with representatives of city authorities, micro-mobility companies and the European Commissioner for Transport Ms. Violeta Bulc, the conference aimed to be the first large-scale event to provide a platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities micro-mobility presents for people moving in urban areas and for deliveries. The agenda of the conference included workshops, presentations, an exhibition and panel discussions. The first panel ‘Is there a role investors and regulators can play in micro-mobility?’ discussed how micro-mobility can be promoted from the regulatory and the entrepreneurial side.

Commissioner Bulc emphasized that the micro-mobility brings challenges in three key areas: investments, inclusion in public transport and safety. Risk of E-LVs includes that users tend to ignore existing traffic regulations and act irresponsible. Increasing numbers of users drinking and driving are challenging safe traffic. However, she highlighted that “micro-mobility is here to stay and will reshape the future of mobility. It will also contribute to the manifestation of the Vision Zero.”

Read more about the event here.

 

On 14 October 2019, the European Commission (DG MOVE) organised a conference on ‘Micro-mobility: the next big thing?’ in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference discussed new transport developments of micro-mobility such as electric scooters, bikes, mopeds, and drones. Together with representatives of city authorities, micro-mobility companies and the European Commissioner for Transport Ms. Violeta Bulc, the […]

ELVITEN AT IEEE SMC 2019

The city of Bari hosted the IEEE SMC 2019 conference on 6-9 October 2019. During the conference the ELVITEN project was showcased at the exhibition stand, managed by the Polytechnic University of Bari.

The IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics has been the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE SMC Society for more than 35 years. It represents an international forum for researchers and practitioners to report up-to-the-minute innovation and development, summarize state-of-the-art, and exchange ideas and advances in all aspects of systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics.

The main theme of the 2019 conference was the Industry 4.0 that is opening new trends of automation, system sciences and cyber-physical systems. Industry 4.0 has the objective of creating “smart factories” where cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, decentralized controllers monitor and manage the systems, Internet of Things communicates and cooperates with humans in real-time via the Internet of Things Services. More than 1000 people from all over the world were at the event.

Some information:

Submitted papers (proposal included): 1307

Submitted papers (withdraw included): 1211

Number of registrants: about 900

Number of sessions in the program (including Poster and Best Paper Sessions): 145 – 52 poster sessions – 93 oral sessions

POLIBA presented the results of the ELVITEN Project, talked about the pilot test of Bari and the planned usage schemes in Bari, the characteristics and the number of L1eA vehicles, the planned usage schemes in Bari and the updates of the project. During the days about 50 people tried the e-bike and the ELVITEN apps.

The conference was disseminated in several local and national media, namely “TGR-RAI” AND “TRM” TV channels, “Avvenire business” and “Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno” newspaper, and at the Poliba website.

Please find more information https://smc2019.org/

The city of Bari hosted the IEEE SMC 2019 conference on 6-9 October 2019. During the conference the ELVITEN project was showcased at the exhibition stand, managed by the Polytechnic University of Bari. The IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics has been the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE SMC Society for more […]

ELVITEN at the 1st Restart mAI City Plug & Play Conference

In ELVITEN’s project city Trikala, the 1st Restart mAI City Plug & Play Conference took place on 26-28 September. The conference aims to familiarise all Greek Municipal Authorities with existing policies which affect the country’s mobility and with easy, functional and technological solutions. More than 400 employees from all over the country were expected to participate at the networking event in order to create friendly, functional, safe and smart cities in compliance with the EU Urban Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

On the first two days, policies and initiatives were discussed by the participants, focusing on a national and EU level such as mobility and sustainability in smart cities and the role of technology. The third day consisted of presentations and discussions on a local level, where the Municipality of Trikala had the opportunity to demonstrate its applied programmes and solutions such as Smart Trikala, MEA and Activage.

ELVITEN was presented at the conference at the exhibition as a joint stand with ICT4CART represented by the ELVITEN project coordinator – Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS).

 

In ELVITEN’s project city Trikala, the 1st Restart mAI City Plug & Play Conference took place on 26-28 September. The conference aims to familiarise all Greek Municipal Authorities with existing policies which affect the country’s mobility and with easy, functional and technological solutions. More than 400 employees from all over the country were expected to participate […]

European Mobility Week in Genoa with ELVITEN

Genoa participated in the European Mobility Week from 16 to 22 September 2019, with various initiatives aimed at encouraging alternative mobility, more ecological, sustainable and smart.

The Mobility and Transport Department of the Municipality of Genoa organised an event on 20 September at the Palazzo Tursi Representative Hall on ‘Sustainable Mobility – Programmes and Innovative Projects of the Civic Administration’  (“La mobilità sostenibile- Programmi e Progetti innovativi della Civica Amministrazione”) with ELVITEN’s presentation. The event  gave an opportunity to disseminate the sustainable mobility projects carried out in the Municipal context. In particular, the projects funded by the Ministry of the Environment and by the European Union were presented both in implementation and in the beginning phase.

Next to ELVITEN, other projects that are funded by the European Union or the Italian Ministry of the Environment such as DEMO-EC project or Raise-IT and InGe were presented. The DEMO-EC project, for instance, has similar goals as ELVITEN. It fosters low-carbon transport in cities through integration of mobility management by combining the fields of mobility behaviour change, governance, e-mobility, car reduction, walking, cycling and public transport.

The city of Genoa aims with projects like ELVITEN and DEMO-EC to extend it the city’s electric charging network. The objective is implemented by initiatives such as an introduction of electric cars in the car sharing fleet, electric buses in the local public transport fleet and electrical distribution vehicles for goods in the city centre. The Municipality of Genoa presented also various urban cycling and soft mobility projects which are being planned. The event was attended by representatives of Genoa Car Sharing, AMT, Send Eco Genoa Deliveries and the partners with whom the Municipality of Genoa is collaborating on sustainable mobility projects.

Read more on the event on Municipality of Genoa website (in Italian).

Genoa participated in the European Mobility Week from 16 to 22 September 2019, with various initiatives aimed at encouraging alternative mobility, more ecological, sustainable and smart. The Mobility and Transport Department of the Municipality of Genoa organised an event on 20 September at the Palazzo Tursi Representative Hall on ‘Sustainable Mobility – Programmes and Innovative Projects of […]

ELVITEN showcase @ wocomoco 2019

On 18 and 19 September 2019, the FIA Region I represented ELVITEN at the 7th World Collaborative Mobility Congress, namely wocomoco 2019, in Bern (Switzerland) for the second time in a row.

Wocomoco2019 gathered key players from across the transport sector to exchange their personal visions and present their company services designed to further innovate the markets of shared mobility. The event covered issues such as demand-responsive transport, automated mobility, shared and connected cars, blockchain-ended co-mobility transport, individualised public transport services, and micro and active mobility.

The congress’ purpose is to gather key actors from across the transport sector, in order to exchange personal visions and present company services designed to further innovate the markets of shared mobility. The wocomoco event was organised in the framework of a broader event, the Swiss Mobility Arena 2019, hosted by the TCS Mobility Academy. Taking place during the European Mobility Week from 16 to 19 September 2019, this four days event brought together the entire Swiss transport sector and many of the most innovative mobility players from around the world.

The ELVITEN project was showcased at the exhibition stand. FIA Region I together with project partner KYBURZ Switzerland AG demonstrated one of the Electric Light Vehicles to the event participants at the exhibition area. Additionally, the FIA’s Region I Programmes Director Olivier Lenz presented ELVITEN’s development and impact since its launch in November 2017 at the session: “Bike- & Micro-Sharing” with a presentation: “Rolling out electric mobility in European cities – the case of ELVITEN project”.

 

 

On 18 and 19 September 2019, the FIA Region I represented ELVITEN at the 7th World Collaborative Mobility Congress, namely wocomoco 2019, in Bern (Switzerland) for the second time in a row. Wocomoco2019 gathered key players from across the transport sector to exchange their personal visions and present their company services designed to further innovate […]

ELVITEN at Workshop on Sustainable Mobility in Rome

ELVITEN project consortium partner in Rome – Municipio IX EUR di Roma Capitale, participated in a workshop: “Mobilità sostenibile ISPRA” organised and hosted by ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, eng: Institute for Environmental Protection and Research). The ISPRA is an important member of the Municipality IX EUR’s Regional Support Group as well as it is supervised by the Italian Environmental Ministry, which is the national authority responsible for validation of environmental KPIs.

The event took place during the European Mobility Week (16-22 September 2019) in Rome on 17 September. The event aimed to address the scientrific community, policy makers and public authorities of Rome. Alessandro Drago, Municipio IX EUR di Roma Capitale, gave a presentation: “CASA-LAVORO-SICUREZZA/ELVITEN PROJECT.EU E-BIKES”. In addition to the event, ELVITEN partner – Roma Capitale provided free testing of Electric Light Vehicles to employees of ISPRA. The employees of  ISPRA tested E-bikes that are offered within the ELVITEN project in Rome.

Please visit the dedicated ISPRA website (in Italian) for more detailed information on the event and photos.

ELVITEN project consortium partner in Rome – Municipio IX EUR di Roma Capitale, participated in a workshop: “Mobilità sostenibile ISPRA” organised and hosted by ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, eng: Institute for Environmental Protection and Research). The ISPRA is an important member of the Municipality IX EUR’s Regional Support Group as well as […]

Hydrogen-powered Bicycles – a new electromobility concept

Pragma Industries is offering a new electromobility concept – hydrogen-powered bicycles. The hydrogen bikes were debuted at the G7 summit, where journalists and world leaders alike tested the bikes. With no intention of selling the bikes, Pragma Industries has developed a plan to market the bikes in the developing world.

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are not a new concept. Companies such as Toyota and Daimler have been developing hydrogen-fueled cars for years and the number of hydrogen-powered buses in France are also increasing. However, hydrogen-powered bikes and scooters have not been attempted, until now. While it is difficult to make the system compact enough to fit on a scooter, Pierre Forte, founder and CEO of Pragma Industries, has found a way to achieve the system on a bike.

The hydrogen-powered bikes can travel 150 km without any rider assistance, almost 3 times as much as e-Bikes using lithium-ion batteries. The bike currently weighs around 30 kg, with the hydrogen system weighing approximately the same as an electric battery of equivalent capacity. The next models are expected to travel longer distances and weigh around 25 kg. The bike is thought to have a strong environmental impact, with the hydrogen system having almost zero impact on CO2 emissions from construction to dismantling. The system uses renewable hydrolysis which is obtained by electrolysis fueled by renewable energy.

The business strategy of Pragma Industries is not to sell the bicycles, but to rent them for long periods of time. At the end of the life, the bike would be returned to Pragma, which would then be responsible for the reevaluation and recycling of the components. The bike was priced to be 7000 EUR, but Pragma Industry wants to lease them for a rental price of 50 EUR per month. This is because although the bikes can achieve full charge in two minutes, individual charging stations would be too expensive for the consumer. Therefore, the bikes must be marketed in fleets such as shared e-Bikes.

The business strategy for Pragma Industries seems to target the western world, but they are receiving large orders from developing countries. After the G7 summit in Biarritz, Chilean president Sebastian Pinera placed an order for one-thousand bikes. The vision for Pragma Industries is offer the bikes in locations where they may not only experience power outages or the network is not stable, meaning cars are not a common means of transport. The bikes can also offer other useful applications in such markets, such as becoming a mobile generator. It is not only simple but inexpensive to include extra functions such as a lamp to light up the dark at night.

Pragma Industries is offering a new electromobility concept – hydrogen-powered bicycles. The hydrogen bikes were debuted at the G7 summit, where journalists and world leaders alike tested the bikes. With no intention of selling the bikes, Pragma Industries has developed a plan to market the bikes in the developing world. Hydrogen-powered vehicles are not a […]