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The main findings of ELVITEN’s final event

The presentations and recordings of this event are available here.

On 21 October, the ELVITEN project celebrated its conclusion with a final event dedicated to sustainable mobility.

This event was attended by more than 200 individuals interested in the accomplishments of this project, and 8 partners coming from the different pilot cities presented the main findings of the research and elaborated on user’s behavior regarding EL-Vs.

ELVITEN promotes innovation, sustainability and urban mobility in Europe through demonstrating the usefulness of electrified L-category vehicles (EL-Vs) for urban transportation in six pilot cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala.

 

Overall, 644 users registered to use the service in the six pilot cities for a total of 38,866 trips. With the COVID-19 pandemic, pilot cities became a privileges observatory to assess changes in mobility: there was a major increase in light electric vehicle usage in the 6 demonstration cities at the end of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Silvia Andreussi, Project Manager City of Rome – IX District (RomaC), gave an overview on how Rome pilot project has been implemented, from the signature of usage agreement, to the creation of Regional Support Groups, from the collection of data to the dissemination activities. Now that ELVITEN is coming to an end, the city of Rome will continue investing in EL-Vs and will collaborate with the Polytechnic University of Bari to define a Plan for Light Electric Mobility in Rome.

Alessandro Rinaldi and Prof. Maria Pia Fanti from Polytechnic University of Bari gave a look to the future, explaining how cities could adapt for a smooth deployment of EL-Vs. In particular, a plan for EL-Vs is now necessary: public authorities are called to redesign urban space to facilitate an efficient diversification of the mobility offer and ensure coexistence of different transport modes.

Anna Antonakopoulou, from ICCS, presented the usage and acceptance of light electric vehicles in the six demonstrations cities. In fact, she explains the collection of data which allowed the understanding of the acceptance of such vehicles from its 67 users and during 38.866 trips. Based on different figures, it was demonstrated that the users who did not use the vehicles on a regular basis, became with time, regular users.

Cino Repetto, from T-Bridge, forwards an interesting element which affected the data of EL-Vs usage. In fact, during the last months of experimentation, pilot cities became a privileges observatory to understand how COVID-19 pandemic changed the mobility system. The needs and habits of users have been profoundly changed by this pandemic and will have repercussions in the years to come. Jose F. Papi, from S3Transportaton, shows that there was a major increase in light electric vehicle usage in the 6 demonstration cities at the end of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Maria Georgakaki, from EMISIA, explained that when it comes to introducing EL-Vs in urban mobility, there is no evidence that replacing passenger cars with electric vehicles will reduce travel times. Additionally, the study of EL-Vs acceptance showcased the important role and influence of facilitating conditions, hedonic motivation, experience and habit towards the behavior use of EL-Vs. However, further research should be made to understand this innovation in terms of urban mobility

 

In order to better understand the project, you are welcome to watch the final video here.

The presentations and recordings of this event are available here. On 21 October, the ELVITEN project celebrated its conclusion with a final event dedicated to sustainable mobility. This event was attended by more than 200 individuals interested in the accomplishments of this project, and 8 partners coming from the different pilot cities presented the main […]

The ELVITEN Project in Pictures

2nd World Light Electric Vehicle Summit (22 to 23 November 2017)

PPRS 2018 (27 March 2018)

ITS World Congress (18 September 2018)

AEC 2018, Avere E-mobility Conference (18 October 2018)

ITS European Congress (4 to 5 June 2019)

7th World Collaborative Congress (18 to 19 September 2019)

Restart Mai City (27 September 2019)

STA Annual Conference and Innovation awards (26 November 2019)

ERTICO Virtual Conference (28 May 2020)

Urban Mobility Days (29 September and 2 October 2020)

ELVITEN’s final event (21 October 2020)

2nd World Light Electric Vehicle Summit (22 to 23 November 2017) PPRS 2018 (27 March 2018) ITS World Congress (18 September 2018) AEC 2018, Avere E-mobility Conference (18 October 2018) ITS European Congress (4 to 5 June 2019) 7th World Collaborative Congress (18 to 19 September 2019) Restart Mai City (27 September 2019) STA Annual […]

The achievements of the ELVITEN project

The EU funded ELVITEN project, after 36 months of intensive research work, is coming to an end. The ultimate aim of the project was to familiarize and boost the general public to the Light Electric Vehicles’ (EL-Vs) use after long-term demonstrations as well as to encourage the integration of EL-Vs in European urban transport.

More specifically, ELVITEN project offered 225 EL-Vs in six European cities – Trikala, Rome, Bari, Genoa, Malaga, Berlin – which were available to citizens through long-term or short-term rental and sharing services. Furthermore, the project developed and offered to both users and authorities, supporting ICT tools and services to facilitate and promote the EL-Vs’ use, such as Booking application, SmartCard application for collecting and cashing  points of ecological driving, fleet management, etc. The vehicles were equipped with positioning and speed recorder, while all applications were collecting data from the EL-Vs’ use and user perceptions as well.

   

As a result of the ELVITEN vehicles’ demonstrations from April 2019 to June 2020, a big data bank was created, including data from 41,450 trips and 8,856 questionnaires with the users’ perceptions regarding the vehicles’ use and electromobility in general. Based on these, the project partners developed business models for rental services as well as guidelines for transport and planning authorities, aiming to integrate the light electric vehicles in urban transport system, and suggestions for improvements to vehicle manufacturers. It is worthy to mention that the European project ELVITEN through a sequence of communications and dissemination actions, such as the Regional Support Groups, the Let’s Go Electric social media campaign, etc., attracted various audiences, bringing together both citizen and policy makers.Picture 1, ELVITEN Light Electric Vehicles

 

ELVITEN accomplished its initial aim for a more sustainable, clean and green transport system, confirming the environmental and economic benefits in citizens’ daily life and the society in general. The use of light electric vehicles contributes to the decrease of fuels emissions, thus in important improvement of life in urban environments. The recent pandemic situation showed the way for the development of an observatory to understand the effects of COVID pandemic to transportation system for European citizens. Summarizing the collected results, partners compiled a report with suggestions for the rental services of the EL-Vs, as occurred after the outbreak of COVID pandemic. The suggestions were developed upon the following axes:

 

  • Safety and  sanitation: It should be highlighted during the awareness campaigns that the light electric vehicles are open, transfer only one passenger and can be easily cleaned, contributing to social distancing;
  • Strategy: It is suggested to offer a monthly subscription for EL-Vs’ use instead of offers for a short-term use of the vehicles, in order to keep a low cost per drive for the new users;
  • Integration: The integration of technological innovations and tools (platforms, vehicles’ sharing services, etc.) for the development of sustainable mobility for all should be pursued;

 

Moreover, the ELVITEN light electric vehicles, were used during the COVID pandemic so as to facilitate the citizens’ life. In particular, in the city Trikala the EL-Vs were used by the municipal policy and the courier services’ companies so as to ensure the immediate service of citizens. Respectively, in Genoa, the vehicles were used for products’ delivery and health services’ provision to citizens. The recent travel restrictions drove in a decrease of the air pollution, ensuring that the transportation sector is responsible for much of the fuel emissions. Taking also into consideration the fact that the city logistics are responsible for much of the fuel emissions due to the frequent stopover for the freight deliveries, it is necessary to accelerate the shift to a greener and clearer transport system.

The EU funded ELVITEN project, after 36 months of intensive research work, is coming to an end. The ultimate aim of the project was to familiarize and boost the general public to the Light Electric Vehicles’ (EL-Vs) use after long-term demonstrations as well as to encourage the integration of EL-Vs in European urban transport. More […]

The presentations and recordings of ELVITEN’s final event are available here

On 21 October, the ELVITEN project celebrated its conclusion with a final event dedicated to sustainable mobility.

If you missed the event, you can still have a look at the presentations and listen to the recordings by clicking below.

 

1- “Light electric mobility as driver for urban sustainable mobility”, presented by Alessandro Drago, City of Rome

2- “The vision and achievements of the ELVITEN project“, presented by Evangelia Portouli, ICCS

3- “The ELVITEN demonstration activities in Rome“, presented by Silvia Andreussi, from City of Rome

4- “Post ELVITEN in Action: Preparation of a plan for light electric mobility in Rome“, presented by Alessandro Rinaldi and Prof. Maria Pia Fanti from Polytechnic University of Bari

5- “Usage and acceptant of light electric vehicles in the six demonstration cities“, presented by Anna Antonakopoulou

6- “Scaled impacts on mobility and environment due to the introduction of light electric vehicles“, presented by Maria Georgakaki & Giannis Papadimitriou, EMISIA

7- “The way forward: Business models for wide market uptake of light electric vehicles“, presented by José F. Papí, S3Transportation / Etelätär Innovation

8- “The way forward: Guidelines for the wide market uptake of light electric vehicles“, presented by Cino Repetto / Elena Cosso, TBridge

On 21 October, the ELVITEN project celebrated its conclusion with a final event dedicated to sustainable mobility. If you missed the event, you can still have a look at the presentations and listen to the recordings by clicking below.   1- “Light electric mobility as driver for urban sustainable mobility”, presented by Alessandro Drago, City […]

ELVITEN final event calls for urban mobility plans that include electric mobility

ELVITEN promotes innovation, sustainability and urban mobility in Europe through demonstrating the usefulness of electrified L-category vehicles (EL-Vs) for urban transportation in six pilot cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. It aims to achieve a mind shift among users and will propose replicable usage schemes to address the issues surrounding the market deployment of EL-Vs.

The ELVITEN project is also supported by 23 Regional Support Groups, with new members ADAC and RACC.

On 21 October, the ELVITEN project celebrated its conclusion with a final event dedicated to sustainable mobility.

Overall, 644 users registered to use the service in the six pilot cities for a total of 38,866 trips. From the analysis of the data on ELVITEN vehicles’ use, it became apparent that users who did not use the vehicles on a regular basis, became with time, regular users. With the COVID-19 pandemic, pilot cities became a privileges observatory to assess changes in mobility: there was a major increase in light electric vehicle usage in the 6 demonstration cities at the end of the COVID-19 lockdown.

In addition, the scaled-up analysis revealed that there is no evidence that replacing passenger cars with electric vehicles will reduce travel times, but EL-Vs may be advantageous in terms of parking times.

When it comes to introducing EL-Vs in urban mobility, speakers stressed the need for an urban mobility plan that would include as well as electric mobility. Such an urban plan should, for instance, include a polycentric vision of charging points and a review of road infrastructure. Additionally, the study of EL-Vs acceptance showcased the important role that facilitating conditions and experience affects the acceptance of EL-Vs.

ELVITEN promotes innovation, sustainability and urban mobility in Europe through demonstrating the usefulness of electrified L-category vehicles (EL-Vs) for urban transportation in six pilot cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. It aims to achieve a mind shift among users and will propose replicable usage schemes to address the issues surrounding the market deployment […]

The ADAC joins ELVITEN Regional Support Group in Berlin

The ADAC has joined the ELVITEN Regional Support Group of the demonstration site in Berlin.

ELVITEN, one of the EU research projects in which FIA Region I is involved, aims to improve mobility in six European cities by demonstrating a wide range of uses of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) and their contribution to urban mobility.

The ELVITEN Regional Support Groups comprise local stakeholders providing various support to the  ELVITEN project activities. Additionally, these organisation play a crucial role in the project dissemination through promoting activities and events using their communication channels.

Relevant stakeholders outside the ELVITEN consortium based in one of the six ELVITEN demonstration cities (Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Trikala and Rome) have been invited to join. Present members for instance include electric vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators, road infrastructure operators, public authorities, electrical distribution system operators, service providers and mobility Clubs. The ADAC is the eightieth organisation in Italy, Germany, Greece and Spain having signed such a cooperation agreement to be part of an ELVITEN Regional Support Group. Members in Berlin involved include Yoove, LEVCON, EUREF Campus Berlin and the eMO Berlin Agency for Electromobility. Members in Malaga include the RACC.

Registration to the final event taking place on 21 October (both online and in Rome) are now open: you can register here.

FIA Region I is one of the 21 partners of the ELVITEN project, which seeks to make users more familiar with EL-V’s and encourage their use for both private transport and light urban delivery.

The ADAC has joined the ELVITEN Regional Support Group of the demonstration site in Berlin. ELVITEN, one of the EU research projects in which FIA Region I is involved, aims to improve mobility in six European cities by demonstrating a wide range of uses of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) and their contribution to urban mobility. […]

ELVITEN showcases its achievements at the Urban Mobility Days 2020

ELVITEN has made use of the Urban Mobility Days conference to present the main highlights of its three-year work. the Urban Mobility Days conference, organised by the European Commission from 29 September until 2 October, gathered policy-makers, academics, NGOs, local authorities, urban transport practitioners, urban planners to exchange ideas on emerging transport trends and technologies, as well as the latest developments on the sustainable urban mobility planning.

ELVITEN has taken the opportunity to showcase how it demonstrated how electric light vehicles (EL-Vs) can be used in urban areas and integrated into the existing transport network of six European cities. Presenter Evangelia Portouli, ELVITEN Coordinator gave examples how those new mobility concepts can successfully tackle the increasing challenge of transport and mobility systems decarbonisation, European cities need to integrate smart mobility solutions with renewable energy smart grid and energy storage systems, thus going beyond the electrification of vehicles.

After months of demonstrations on how Electric Light-Vehicles can be used in urban areas, and integrated into the existing transport network, the ELVITEN project is coming to an end.

Save the date for the final event which will take place on 21 October 2020. The event will be a hybrid event – you can join the event in Rome, or you can participate in the online event.

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ELVITEN has made use of the Urban Mobility Days conference to present the main highlights of its three-year work. the Urban Mobility Days conference, organised by the European Commission from 29 September until 2 October, gathered policy-makers, academics, NGOs, local authorities, urban transport practitioners, urban planners to exchange ideas on emerging transport trends and technologies, […]

Volkswagen collaborated with Uber and launched an electric vehicle pilot in Berlin

Volkswagen, along with Uber, is launching a pilot project that will use electric vehicles with a sustainable taxi service called “Uber Green”. The e-Golf, a zero-emission alternative in the Volkswagen model range is now available in Berlin. The goal of this pilot project is to use a number of one-year-old e-Golf cars in the service. The objective is to reach a thousand and more in the upcoming months. The pilot project will fist run in Berlin, and will potentially expand to other European cities. Volkswagen had already been using the e-Golf successfully in its own car-sharing service We Share since 2018.

Holger B. Santel, Head of Sales and Marketing Germany for the Volkswagen Passenger Car brand, said: “Through our cooperation with Uber, we are helping to improve air quality in urban areas with our locally carbon-neutral electric vehicles”.

As part of its e-offensive, the Volkswagen brand is planning to offer electric cars in the major vehicle segments by 2022 and expects to produce up to 1.5 million e-cars in 2025.

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Volkswagen, along with Uber, is launching a pilot project that will use electric vehicles with a sustainable taxi service called “Uber Green”. The e-Golf, a zero-emission alternative in the Volkswagen model range is now available in Berlin. The goal of this pilot project is to use a number of one-year-old e-Golf cars in the service. […]

ELVITEN Interview series: FIA Region I

1. A short introduction of your organisation.

Founded in 1904, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) brings together leading national motoring organisations from 146 countries worldwide and is the governing body for world motor sport. The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 103 Motoring and Touring Clubs and their over 36 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A key objective of the FIA is to promote user interests in mobility-related European policy making as well as in European research and innovation. FIA Region I uses its know-how and network to raise awareness on issues related to road safety, affordability, environmental sustainability, and efficient mobility. FIA Region I together with its members contributes to debates on improving urban mobility, guaranteeing legal protection, and promoting sustainable tourism, and has contributed to a series of European projects, addressing various mobility-related issues such as alternative propulsion systems, electric mobility, and the environmental impact.

2. What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

FIA Region I has participated in ELVITEN through user engagement, communication, and dissemination activities. FIA Region I has managed all the communication tools and channels that target users, policymakers, stakeholders, service providers and manufacturers. It has worked closely with the demonstration cities and other project partners to implement a communication strategy plan that ensures the uptake and communication of ELVITEN project to the widest audience possible. FIA Region I led an awareness campaign #LetsGoElectric that targeted users in six ELVITEN demonstrations cities and aimed to inform them about the use and functionalities of EL-Vs. Additionally, FIA Region I strongly supported via dedicated campaigns the demonstration stage of the project and encouraged citizens to join ELVITEN activities in Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Rome, Malaga, and Trikala for both private transport and light urban delivery.

3. What is (was) your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

The sustainability of transport is a major concern all over Europe. In order to safeguard mobility and the liveability of cities and regions, FIA Region is contributing to a series of research and innovation projects that are developing, testing and demonstrating new technologies and mobility solutions. The participation of FIA Region I in ELVITEN goes in line with the Association’s will to increase its involvement in the field of smart and sustainable mobility that is positively impacting Europe’s cities. Further to demonstrate the usability of electric mobility in everyday life, ELVITEN innovates in involving users into the testing of alternative light vehicles and making them experience new means to be mobile. The project is also a laboratory for policy makers offering real-world demonstration on how mobility could evolve in future years.

4. What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

The number of Alternative Fuels Vehicles (AFV), battery electric and hybrid vehicles, is expected to increase over the coming years. However, from a consumer perspective, many uncertainties around AFV remain, which could hamper wider uptake: the deployment of AFV should ensure similar levels of comfort and convenience to what consumers have experienced with traditionally fuelled vehicles.

Therefore, it is necessary that adequate amounts of charging and fuelling infrastructure are put in place across Europe, as this would help increase consumers’ confidence in these vehicles.  In parallel, information about vehicle running costs, taxation benefits, and emissions performance should be improved to raise consumer confidence.

At the same time, users also need to investigate the most appropriate type of alternatively fuelled vehicles, their respective advantages and disadvantages and best ways to using them. Electric propulsion and the need for specific recharging infrastructure calls for careful consideration, planning and integration in future mobility systems.

5. Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility?

The uptake of AFV, including electric vehicles within the mobility mix, may lead to a reduction of air pollution and carbon emissions across the EU, and especially in the urban environment.

Cities present a crucial concentration of people and economic activity that produce a significant part of European wealth. Urban mobility needs coherent development plans that minimise downsides of transport systems, while safeguarding citizens’ mobility as a key lever for growth. The promotion of alternative propulsion systems including electric vehicles can be an element of strategies to make transport more sustainable. When it comes to specific implementation measures, the EU should however leave this matter up to the Member States, respecting the principle of subsidiarity, while ensuring information about good practices.

Furthermore, good transport infrastructure is a condition for sustainable mobility and ensuring smooth and safe traffic. To ensure the uptake of electric vehicles, the EU policy needs to appropriately support road infrastructure maintenance and development, as well as ensuring an adequate amount of fast and low charging public infrastructure.

6. What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?

Co-modality must play an important role in the future of mobility and urban mobility in particular. Moving towards MaaS, public transport needs to become a lot more efficient and better integrated with park/bike-and-ride, sharing and pooling, and (company) mobility management. As public transport is at the heart of MaaS platforms, it is vital to guarantee open access to timetables’ information, and that there is a wholesale- market for the use of public transport so that MaaS providers can offer new tailor-made services to consumers. Electric light vehicles being shared or not can play an important role in creating a wide and diverse transport offer.

Besides, all-around connectivity as well as Intelligent Transport Systems offer a wealth of opportunities to improve traffic in cities supporting better integration of the transport offer. FIA Region I supports the deployment of these technologies to make urban mobility safer, more affordable, more efficient, and more sustainable for all.

1. A short introduction of your organisation. Founded in 1904, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) brings together leading national motoring organisations from 146 countries worldwide and is the governing body for world motor sport. The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 103 Motoring and Touring Clubs and their […]