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2nd City Workshop in Bari

On 3 December 2019, the Polytechnic University of Bari and the Commune of Bari jointly organised the second ELVITEN city workshop in the facilities of the Bari museum of photography.

After a welcoming speech, the workshop introduced sustainable mobility and European projects on smart mobility in Bari. Among others, the project ‘M.U.V.T. – Mobilità Urbana Vivibile e Tecnologica’ was presented, which is another running sustainable mobility project in the city. Afterward, a general overview of the ELVITEN project was given to the 34 participants, following by the technical details of all EL-V’s with a special emphasis on the ones used in Bari.

In the last sessions of the workshop, the first results and the performance of Bari as a pilot site were reviewed. The report presented the involved companies in the demonstration phase, showing the operative e-bikes and the vehicles that need to be ensured to be in circulation and the total number of trips done for each company, showing the trips traveled by each vehicle, the distance and the last trips done. In Bari, the vehicles are offered by the Polytechnic University of Bari via long term rental service for employees of public authority and companies. For the pilot test, 10 vehicles are offered for public sharing managed by the municipality and 65 vehicles for the rental services.

The workshop ended with brainstorming discussions on the next steps and future actions in order to summarise what should be done for the success of the ELVITEN pilot test in Bari.

 

On 3 December 2019, the Polytechnic University of Bari and the Commune of Bari jointly organised the second ELVITEN city workshop in the facilities of the Bari museum of photography. After a welcoming speech, the workshop introduced sustainable mobility and European projects on smart mobility in Bari. Among others, the project ‘M.U.V.T. – Mobilità Urbana […]

Results from road transport research on new mobility

On 4 and 5 December 2019, ELVITEN joined the 3rd edition of the European conference ‘Results from road transport research in Horizon 2020 projects’, organised by the European Commission, ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) in Brussels.

Dr. Evangelia Portouli, Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS) presented the ELVITEN results at the conference.

The conference explored the results of transport research in various areas such as green vehicles, safety and automated road transport. Projects funded by Horizon 2020 presented what they have discovered, how they tackled the hurdles and resolved them and what are the next research steps in the fields covered by their activities.

The session ‘New mobility paradigm, new vehicles, how could the mobility of tomorrow look like?’ featured five H2020 projects: ELVITEN, MoTiV, STARS, STEVE and WEEVIL.

After each session, a dedicated Q&A session raised interesting discussions and conclusions on ELVITEN developments:

  • In Rome, users are not aware of the scooter’s functionalities and do not know that a driver’s license and a helmet is required for the usage.
  • Users of scooters/e-bikes and three-wheelers tend to be younger, while 4-wheelers rather represent retired people.
  • The collected data implies that scooters/e-bikes and three-wheelers are better for sharing, 4 wheelers seem to more efficient in being owned.
  • Collecting data on shared e-mobility services is not hindering customers from using them. However, in general, private users (owners) are not keen on letting their data being collected for research purposes.

Recordings of the sessions and presentations can be found on the website.

On 4 and 5 December 2019, ELVITEN joined the 3rd edition of the European conference ‘Results from road transport research in Horizon 2020 projects’, organised by the European Commission, ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) in Brussels. Dr. Evangelia Portouli, Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS) […]

ELVITEN ICT tools and dashboard

Different ICT tools have been developed under the ELVITEN project to collect data of the usage of ELVITEN’s means of transport in each city: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. Data coming from such tools will be used later on to develop efficient business models. You can find below a short summary of all applications developed and used within the ELVITEN project.

Digital Coach app: the app is a fleet monitoring tool sending location and telemetry data to the data warehouse to create a detailed driving analysis. Moreover, a summary of trip and weather is created and transmitted. This app is used in every project city.

Booking App: this app collects booking messages regarding vehicles, charging points and parking spaces. It is currently used in Trikala, Malaga and Bari.

Serious Game App: this app combines elements of fun and entertainment for users of EL-Vs in project cities, providing riders with useful information about the project, the benefits of the use of EL-Vs and touristic or interesting places in the city. It is currently used in Trikala, Malaga and Bari and will be soon available in Rome.

Smart App: this app is an end-user application that allows an ELVITEN user to interact with the incentive system and fill in questionnaires. It is used in Trikala, Malaga, Bari, Genoa and Rome.

D-Mobility app: the app offers charging services to Duferco Energia e-mobility customers. It is only used in Genoa.

There is also a new tool on the ELVITEN website – dashboard, which provides up to date information (updated every 24 hours) regarding EL-Vs usage in all six European pilot cities. The data being provided on the website comes among other sources from the black boxes fixed on the ELVITEN EL-Vs. Find the dashboard here and check how each city is performing.

Check the ELVITEN YouTube channel with videos demonstrating different tools used in ELVITEN cities.

Different ICT tools have been developed under the ELVITEN project to collect data of the usage of ELVITEN’s means of transport in each city: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. Data coming from such tools will be used later on to develop efficient business models. You can find below a short summary of all […]

ELVITEN 5th General Assembly in Zurich

On 30 and 31 October 2019 the ELVITEN project 5th General Assembly and Steering Committee meetings were held in Zurich. The consortium partners met to discuss the status of the ELVITEN project and future plans for the last year of the H2020 funded project. The meeting was hosted by ELVITEN’s partner KYBURZ Switzerland AG which is providing the electric light vehicles for the project demonstrations in Genoa and Trikala.

The General Assembly was opened by ELVITEN’s coordinator – Dr. Angelos Amditis who highlighted  the most important phase of collecting the data provided by ELVITEN ELVs users, trips, dashboard and ICT tools. During the assembly project partners discussed ELVITEN’s progress status within the last months with a special focus on ongoing demonstrations in project cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. As part of the GA meeting in Zurich project partners participated in KYBURZ Switzerland AG company visit with a few tour options e.g. production and supply chain management; second life vehicle, lithium battery recycling, service, research & development.

So far, some tangible achievements within the project have been made. The daily collected data coming from ELVITEN’s trips, users experience and supporting ICT tools in each city are publicly available via dashboard on ELVITEN website . All the project cities offer a short or long term use of ELVs for registrered users and demonstrations will continue till April 2020. Project partners from Berlin and Trikala have already organised the second city workshops. The remaining city partners will follow with such workshops by the end of November. The main goal of organising 2nd city workshop is  to single out the criticalities and the difficulties for improving the attractiveness of the demonstrated ELV services, tools and incentives. Furthermore, the ELVITEN project has entered the next phase of analysing the gathered data and it moves further to create the aimed business models plans to boost the potential for the market uptake of EL-Vs, as well as to create an exploitation strategy and innovation management plan. Moreover, the number of Regional Support Groups members have increased and reached already 70 supporters.

The ELVITEN project promotes innovation, sustainability and connected urban mobility in Europe through demonstrating the usefulness of electrified L-category vehicles for urban transportation.

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#LetsGoElectric

On 30 and 31 October 2019 the ELVITEN project 5th General Assembly and Steering Committee meetings were held in Zurich. The consortium partners met to discuss the status of the ELVITEN project and future plans for the last year of the H2020 funded project. The meeting was hosted by ELVITEN’s partner KYBURZ Switzerland AG which […]

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 deploys 75 e-Bikes in Bari

ELVITEN demonstrations have gone live in Bari!

Bari is the second most important economic centre in the South of Italy, with around 325,000 inhabitants. Its port is considered the largest passenger hub on the Adriatic Sea and attracts over 500,000 passengers annually. A large university city with hot and dry summers and mild winters, makes it a lively city full of history rich with the diversity of migrants and a younger crowd.

The city of Bari is almost completely flat making it ideal for the use of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs). The Regional Plan of Transport for 2015-2019 shows that the main mode of transport used by citizens is cars or vans (52%), followed by motorcycles (22%), public transportation (18%), and bicycles (5%). The aim of ELVITEN is to deploy 75 e-Bikes and raise awareness through the #LetsGoElectric campaign to upscale the use of more sustainable modes of transport.

ELVITEN project partner Politecnico Di Bari (POLIBA) has teamed up with S3Transportation to bring 75 Rad Power Bikes to the southern Italian city. 60 EL-Vs will be assigned as a corporate leasing scheme to the Polytechnic University of Bari, Acquedotto Pugliese of Bari, Port Authority, University of Bari, hotels and bed and breakfasts. The target users will be the employees of each company as well as tourists. Each company will provide parking spaces and charging points, and selected users will be granted short term use. 15 EL-Vs will also be provided to private agencies and fleet owners for rental services (including small parcel deliveries).

Interested participants can register at www.elviten-city-users-registration.eu. Selected users are then guided through the ELVITEN unifying app and given an e-Bike that can be used to explore the city using the Elvigame. Like the demonstrations occurring in Malaga, users receive incentives and have access to e-Hubs where they can charge and store their e-Bikes. The black boxes placed on the e-bikes will collect and store useful information that will help ELVITEN create guidelines for integration of EL-Vs into the urban transport system.

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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:

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 Stakeholder Workshops

With the objective to involve local stakeholders in the development of ELVITEN, the project started holding its first round of stakeholder’s workshops as part of the preparation for the project demonstrations of EL-Vs that will kick off in December 2018.

From  April to September 2018, several meetings were organised at the six ELVITEN cities where project partners introduced the project to local authorities and professionals in the transport and mobility sector.

ELVITEN city leaders collected useful feedback provided during the workshops which will contribute to a better deployment of the ELVITEN scheme in each project location.

Would you like to know more about the activities? Click on the city of your interest.