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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 […]

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 […]

The European Green Capital Network

More and more people are moving to the city. This increasing amount of urban population is accompanied by an increasing amount of environmental challenges that face our society. Pressures on services, housing, transport and finally environment are consequences of this trend, which has an impact on the quality of life of the urban population.

To counter this problem, the movement of the European Green Capital Network was created. Signed in Nijmegen on 23 November and presented at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice in December, the network seeks to inspire cities worldwide to become more sustainable and climate resilient. This can be done by following consistent environmental policies, promoting biodiversity and green spaces, implementing a modern waste management and finally promoting and introducing sustainable mobility solutions. As an initiative of the European Commission, the network’s premise is that the cities are the driving force behind sustainable development.

The Green Capital Network currently invites as many cities as possible around the world that have not yet been part of the movement to collaborate in order to be in a better position when negotiating with national governments and international institutions.

The European Green Capital Network wants its members to actively contribute to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, to engage in a green movement in our cities and to raise awareness among citizens for the benefits of low carbon pathways, which is also the main goal of the ELVITEN project.

Cities are invited to set ambitious and sustainable targets and to work together with businesses and research institutes to identify innovative solutions for a sustainable way of life in urban areas. Cities also need to set frameworks for an inclusive bottom-up approach in order to foster new economic models and change in people’s minds.

More information about the initiative and how to participate can be found here.

More and more people are moving to the city. This increasing amount of urban population is accompanied by an increasing amount of environmental challenges that face our society. Pressures on services, housing, transport and finally environment are consequences of this trend, which has an impact on the quality of life of the urban population. To […]

ELVITEN at the Genoa Smart Week 2018

The fourth edition of the Genoa Smart Week, organised by Genoa Smart City Association, the Municipality of Genoa and the Liguria Region was held this year on the 19-24 November 2018 with the objective to discuss the implementation of innovative projects to make Genoa a smart city.

The ELVITEN project was invited to participate in this highly relevant event since the project is committed to promote sustainable means of transport and integrate ITs tools into the city mobility solutions. Genoa is one of the six ELVITEN cities where Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) will be tested from one year starting in January 2019.

On 23 November, ELVITEN organised a conference aiming at discussing the potentialities of EL-Vs for the urban mobility renewal in Genoa. In front of 400 representatives from the scientific community, industry, civil society and public authorities, ELVITEN partner TBridge* presented the ELVITEN project and its impact on the mobility of the city. This was followed by an explanation of the project Regional Support Groups and how contributors will benefit from joining them.

In addition, on 24 November, the ‘Charge & Move’ treasure hunt was organised in cooperation with ELVITEN at the Matteotti Square. 120 people participated in the activity that had as a prize an electric bike offered by the Italian company Ecomission.

The participants hunted different clues, related to e-mobility, which were located in different venues in the city center. Besides, some quizzes were designed to test participants general knowledge of electromobility in Italy and in Europe.

The event, that gathered young people, families and some elderly people, was an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about sustainable mobility and make the public in Genoa more familiar with ELVITEN.

*The presentation (in Italian) is available here.

Use of Electric Light Vehicles allowed in Germany

Following European legislation, Germany finally regulates the use of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs) nationwide. The new law, which will go into effect latest by early 2019, will open new possibilities for both rental services and manufacturers. Additionally, it will gather all EL-Vs (kick scooters and mono-wheelers) in one category.

The German Ministry of Transport precises that the legislation will foresee a maximum speed of 20 km/h unless the driver is wearing a helmet. Furthermore, small electric vehicles will be subject to compulsory insurance and the electric motor power will be limited to 500 watts, except for self-balancing vehicles. The Ministry further precises that the EL-V needs to be roadworthy, which means that it must be able to brake, be controllable and very probably needs a lighting system. Last but not least, EL-Vs must use the “existing cycle path structures or cycle lanes”.

This is good news for users, manufacturers and service oriented companies. The new law will enable similar sharing concepts (such as Bird or Lime) that have emerged in several cities around the world over the last years. Nevertheless manufacturers of EL-Vs criticise some of the steps made by the German Ministry of Transport, such as the need for compulsory insurance.

Following European legislation, Germany finally regulates the use of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs) nationwide. The new law, which will go into effect latest by early 2019, will open new possibilities for both rental services and manufacturers. Additionally, it will gather all EL-Vs (kick scooters and mono-wheelers) in one category. The German Ministry of Transport precises that the […]

ELVITEN at the World Collaborative Mobility Congress 2018

With the objective to promote collaborative mobility, the 6th World Collaborative Mobility Congress (WOCOMOCO) took place in Rotterdam from 5 to 7 November 2018. Speakers and delegates gathered to review and discussed current shared mobility solutions and helped to further advance urban transport’s collaborative aspect.

ELVITEN was present at the Congress with an exhibition stand demonstrating an Electric Light Vehicle (EL-V) provided by ELVITEN’s partner Kyburz, a Swiss company devoted to developing and producing electric vehicles. The electric tricycle that was displayed at the stand is a sample of one of the vehicles that will be tested in Trikala and Genoa, two of the six ELVITEN pilot cities.

Furthermore, ELVITEN was present during the session “Local Co-Mobility Heroes of Berlin” where project partner Hubject provided information on the future plans of ELVITEN in Berlin. As one of the keynote speakers Ricarda Mendy presented the project to Congress’ assistants in a shared session that had the participation of Uber, Nextbike, a German company that develops and operates public bike-sharing systems and BVG, the main public transport company of Berlin.

The World Collaborative Mobility Congress (WOCOMOCO) is an annual meeting place for stakeholders from the expanding worlds of car-, ride- and bike-sharing. It wishes to drive social change forward towards the creation of sustainable, efficient mobility and is, therefore, promoting dialogue on the theme from the political, economic and social aspects. The Congress is organised annually by the Mobility Academy, a subsidiary of the Touring Club Switzerland.

You can access the ELVITEN presentation here.

 

With the objective to promote collaborative mobility, the 6th World Collaborative Mobility Congress (WOCOMOCO) took place in Rotterdam from 5 to 7 November 2018. Speakers and delegates gathered to review and discussed current shared mobility solutions and helped to further advance urban transport’s collaborative aspect. ELVITEN was present at the Congress with an exhibition stand […]