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Bari Welcomes ELVITEN

The city of Bari and ELVITEN have joined forces to share knowledge and enlarge the network of this European funded project. In order to receive support, Regional Support Groups (RSG) focus on engaging associations, companies and authorities outside of the ELVITEN consortium. Those include bodies interested in electromobility, such as: electric vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators, charging point operators, road infrastructure operators, public authorities, electrical distribution system operators and service providers. Several stakeholders have been invited by the ELVITEN partners in six project cities to participate in the RSGs.

From an array of companies, institutions and bodies invited by our project partner, Polytechnic University of Bari, six have decided to extend their support. Among the supporters who have signed the RSG agreements, there are entities such as Politecnico di Bari, FIAB BARI, Pin Bike and AutoLogos, whom promote a more sustainable and innovative approach to mobility. Here is a closer look at our partners & what they do:

The support of this Italian city represents a major milestone for ELVITEN. The main goal is to encourage the use of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) in daily Italian mobility. The members of the RSG gain visibility in the Italian region as well as satisfy the purpose of the project. They do this by providing a better understanding of market needs and expectations.

Visibility and exposure of member brands is another benefit of this collaboration. This will occur through the ELVITEN website, events, social media and project channels. Furthermore, members will be informed of any project developments via meetings & workshops.

ELVITEN welcomes the following supporters:

Stakeholders in Regional Support Group Ready

Berlin, the German capital, is one of the 7 ELVITEN pilot sites. Boasting 3.5 million inhabitants with multiple electric car sharing companies throughout the city, ELVITEN provides free testing and integration of charging networks. Berlin is also one of the pilot sites that will begin the testing of 10 electric scooters as of April 2019.

ELVITEN is happy to announce that the Regional Support Group (RSG) of Berlin has been put together and the agreements have been signed. This constitutes a major step towards the objective of the project which is encouraging the urban population and fleet operators to incorporating Electric Light Vehicles into their daily lives and consequently make their use more popular.

We are happy to welcome the following partners to the RSG of Berlin:

Our partners are all committed to making the future more sustainable. Here is a quick look at how:

  • Forschungscampus (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) promotes education and research as the foundation for the future providing the basis for leading an autonomous and responsible life within industry and society.
  • RYDIES- urban micro-mobility solutions provides a platform and business-to-business (B2B) marketplace to link mobility service providers to their customers.
  • Yoove is an agency with mobility and sustainable at its core.
  • ZIV: Zweirad-Industrie-Verbrand is a national representation of interests and the service provider of the German and international bicycle, e-bike, component and accessory industry. Initiatives such as ProFahrrad promoting cyclists and cycling.
  • eBee: smart technologies provides affordable and easily accessible  public charging stations that synergise with city infrastructure.
  • eMO: Berlin agency for electromobility brings together experts in business, politics, science and administration while supporting the initiation, execution and marketing of regional, national and international innovation of projects in the field of smart mobility.
  • EUREF Campus Berlin hosts currently 3,500 people working, researching & learning in more than 150 companies, institutions and startups around the topic of energy, mobility and sustainability.
  • LEVCON (Light Electric Vehicle Configurator) is a Berlin based company developing and selling EVs for business and private purposes with a focus on customized solutions in order to support dynamic processes in production and logistics.

The RSG serves a multitude of purposes. Members engage actors outside of the ELVITEN project consortium such as companies, authorities and associations that will support the demonstrations. This may consist of fleet operators, charging point operators, electric vehicle manufacturers, road infrastructure operators, public authorities, service providers and other organisations that are involved or interested in electromobility. This includes research organisations, academics and the media. On the other hand, all members of the RSG provide valuable feedback regarding varying aspects of dissemination in order to help clarify and understand market needs and expectations. They are also an invaluable asset in the circulation of project achievements and ensuring the visibility of the ELVITEN project.

The members of the RSG benefit from visibility through events and as active participants in the ELVITEN project. Furthermore, members will be informed about all project developments and invited to meetings & workshops with the opportunity to participate in discussions concerning the organisation of the demonstrations.

ELVITEN at the FIA Smart Cities Forum hosted in Rome

On 12 April 2019, Rome hosted the third season of the FIA Smart Cities Forum. A series of high-level conferences, the Forum gathers a variety of stakeholders to discuss how private and public actors can lead the new mobility transition. The theme of this year’s event was “Innovation in the Eternal City” and was held at the E-Motion Pavilion, Formula E circuit. Appearances were made by the HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, FIA President Jean Todt, CEO Formula E Holdings Alejandro Agag, Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi, President of the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI) Angelo Sticchi Damiani, amongst many more.

In honour of the first-ever Formula E race in Rome, leaders in Development and Sustainability gathered together to share their insights regarding the future of urban mobility in rapidly growing cities. Among the topics that were discussed concerning the current challenges cities face in the field of urban mobility were congestion, pollution, lack of mobility choices and poor safety measures.

The ELVITEN project was presented by the Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi along with Linda Meleo, the Councillor for Transport Policies, Dario D’Innocenti, the president of the IX Municipio & Alessandro Drago, the municipal councilor for Mobility. Rome, as a pilot city, will be the site of experimentation of e-bike sharing in the promotion of integrated and sustainable mobility. There were demonstrations using one of the 78 electric bicycles that will be available. There will be 8 e-Hubs located in the IX Town Hall, which are innovative charging stations that will also allow parking of the bicycle that can be booked through the App. There will also be other stands located near the Eur Laurentina & Eur Magliana metro stations, along with other strategic areas of the IX Municipality (such as Via di Acqua Acetosa Ostiene, Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa or Adrea Meldola, Fonte Meravigliosa). The bikes will be available for more than a year, providing an ecological and functional vehicle for rapid travel.

Fourth ELVITEN General Assembly in Trikala

The fourth General Assembly of the ELVITEN EU research project took place on 21- 22 in Trikala, one of the six ELVITEN cities that will start testing Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) soon.

Citizens of Rome, Bari, Malaga, Berlin, Genoa, and Trikala will start seeing the ELVITEN two, three- and four-wheeler EL-Vs. In total, the project will deploy more than 200 vehicles, provided by the Swiss company Kyburz, one of the project partners and by RAD Power Bikes. The objective of these demonstrations is to evaluate the usefulness of this specific type of vehicles in the six cities, make citizens more familiar with the EL-Vs and finally encourage ICE vehicle users to switch to more sustainable means of transportation.

The deployment of the EL-Vs in the cities will be accompanied by an awareness campaign. The campaign will invite citizens to share the #LetsGoElectric over social media and their opinions over electromobility, every time that they see one of the electric vehicles.

With the objective of encouraging citizens to contribute to making the six cities more sustainable and greener, the ELVITEN partners in the cities have put in place a number of incentives for those achieving the highest record using ELVITEN services and apps. The awards will range from useful everyday goodies (e.g. bottles of water, mugs, helmets etc.), to more entertaining services such as free cinema tickets, free entrance to an amusements park, free swimming pool subscription and much more.

The two days meeting that gathered 21 partners from 11 countries in Europe was a perfect occasion to discuss all these matters and also to launch the demonstrations of L-category electric vehicles in the hosting city Trikala. Partners had the chance to test them right before the vehicles will be offered to the public as a sharing service.

 

ELVITEN invited to the EPP Group Conference in Athens

The ELVITEN project participated in the conference organised by the European People’s Party Group in the Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens on 7 February 2019. It was an event dedicated to the members of the EPP Group and journalists from various European countries.

ICCS and more specifically the I-SENSE group, presented the vision of the project, the planned activities and also deployed the opportunity to share the ELVITEN idea among European policy makers. Within a short presentation, the I-SENSE members briefly presented how this idea came up and how it was transfigured into a project as well as its social benefits. Attendees had a fruitful discussion about smart cities, future steps and the social circumstances in Europe for young people and other important issues relevant to the current affairs.

In parallel, the ELVITEN project was present with a booth where participants were able to find out further information about the project and its contribution to a better daily life. A light electric vehicle also travelled from Trikala to Athens for the ELVITEN booth, attracting the visitors while the most daring tried it out. The Chairman of the EPP Group, Mr.Manfred Weber, and the President of Nea Dimokratia (Greece), Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, visited the booth and expressed interest to find out more information about the project and finally tested the ELVITEN EL-V.

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The ELVITEN project participated in the conference organised by the European People’s Party Group in the Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens on 7 February 2019. It was an event dedicated to the members of the EPP Group and journalists from various European countries. ICCS and more specifically the I-SENSE group, presented the vision of the […]

Stakeholders in Malaga ready to support ELVITEN

Aiming at exchanging knowledge and best practices and enlarging the project network in a local context, ELVITEN partners have been inviting stakeholders in the six ELVITEN cities to join the Regional Support Groups (RSGs). Recently, the project made public the list of companies, institutions, and bodies that will support the project in Málaga, one of the project pilot sites.

In total, 17 companies and institutions signed the RSG agreements in the Spanish city, among which are the Empresa Malagueña de Transporte (EMT) and relevant academic institutions such as the University of Málaga.

This constitutes a major step towards ELVITEN objective of encouraging the mobility users and fleet operators to include Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) in their daily use.

Find the new ELVITEN supporters here:

The tasks of the RSGs are manifold: on the one side, they will engage companies, associations, authorities and other actors outside the ELVITEN project consortium who will support the demonstrations.

Members may include electric vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators, charging point operators, road infrastructure operators, public authorities, electrical distribution system operators, service providers and other organisations and bodies involved or interested in electromobility. This also includes academics, research organisations and the media.

On the other hand, members of the Regional Support Groups will help to better understand and clarify the market needs and expectations. In addition, they will support disseminating the project’s achievements and ensure visibility in a local context.

Members of the RSG will benefit from visibility at the ELVITEN events and activities and as well as the promotion of their brands through the project channels, website, and social media. Furthermore, the members of the RSG will be informed about relevant project developments and achievements and they will be invited to meetings and workshops.

ELVITEN: ready to transform the mobility in Trikala

The ELVITEN project will soon start the demonstration of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) in the city of Trikala. From the end of this month, citizens of Greece’s first smart city will start seeing around the ELVITEN three-wheelers and four-wheelers EL-Vs.

In total, the city of Trikala is deploying 10 tricycles and 10 quadricycles which has been provided by the Swiss company Kyburz, one of the 21 project partners. The objective of these demonstrations is to evaluate the usefulness of this specific type of vehicles in Trikala, make Trikala’s citizens more familiar with the EL-Vs and finally encourage ICE vehicle users to switch to more sustainable means of transportation.

The deployment of the EL-Vs in Trikala, one of the six ELVITEN locations, will be accompanied by an awareness campaign in which all citizens are welcome to participate by sharing the #LetsGoElectric over the social media everytime they see one of the electric vehicles and share their opinions over electromobility.

With the objective of encouraging citizens to contribute to make Trikala a more sustainable and greener city, the ELVITEN partners in the city has put in place a number of incentives for those achieving the highest record toward using ELVITEN services and apps. The awards will range from useful everyday goodies (e.g. bottles of water, mugs, helmets etc.), to more entertaining services such as free cinema tickets, Mill of Elves Magic Park Free cards and Mill Of Elves gift Packages, free swimming pool subscription and much more.

Stay tuned for what is coming next!

The ELVITEN project will soon start the demonstration of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) in the city of Trikala. From the end of this month, citizens of Greece’s first smart city will start seeing around the ELVITEN three-wheelers and four-wheelers EL-Vs. In total, the city of Trikala is deploying 10 tricycles and 10 quadricycles which has been provided by the Swiss […]

ELVITEN at the Connected Smart Cities Conference

On 17 January 2019 and under the theme ‘Making Agile The New Stable’, smart city network Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) organised its annual Connected Smart Cities Conference in Brussels. This event, dedicated to cities, policy-makers, start-ups, innovators and representatives from research and academia, was the perfect opportunity to network and to exchange ideas on smart cities.

Along with other projects engaging with the idea of smart cities, the ELVITEN project participated with a stand where attendees had the chance to learn more about how ELVITEN is contributing to make cities smarter and more sustainable.

The different sessions of the Connected Smart Cities Conference 2019 touched four main topics: Technology, Future, Sustainability and Economic Fund. Speakers included, among others, personalities from a variety of domains: politics (Roberto Viola, Director General DG Connect), city officials (City of Helsinki, City of Porto, City of Antwerp, City of Ghent, City of Bordeaux, City of Amsterdam and City of Eindhoven) and various organisations (ERTICO, International Telecommunication Union, EUROCITIES, …).

Open & Agile Smart Cities is a non-profit international smart city network connecting more than 120 cities on three continents.

You can find videos about the plenary sessions and pictures of the entire event by clicking here.

On 17 January 2019 and under the theme ‘Making Agile The New Stable’, smart city network Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) organised its annual Connected Smart Cities Conference in Brussels. This event, dedicated to cities, policy-makers, start-ups, innovators and representatives from research and academia, was the perfect opportunity to network and to exchange ideas […]

ELVITEN at the ITS Hellas Conference exhibition

As part of the 4th ITS Hellas Conference, held on 18 – 19 December in the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Athens, two from the ten Light Electric Vehicles that are already available in the city of Trikala were showcased in the ELVITEN booth.

More than 160 participants had the opportunity to see the vehicles, find out more about the benefits of the day-to-day usage in urban environments and also get further information about the one-year-pilots under the ELVITEN project, in the city of Trikala as well as the other five European cities.

The ITS Hellas Conference is an annual event organised by the Hellenic Intelligent Transport Systems Organization (ITS Hellas). The aim of the Conference was to highlight the need and importance of ITS in Greece as a means of economic growth and prosperity, but also to ensure the efficiency and safety of transport for the benefit of both users and the environment .

 

As part of the 4th ITS Hellas Conference, held on 18 – 19 December in the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Athens, two from the ten Light Electric Vehicles that are already available in the city of Trikala were showcased in the ELVITEN booth. More than 160 participants had the opportunity to see the […]