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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 is in Genoa!

Comune di Genova and Duferco Energia have teamed up to bring ELVITEN to the city of Genoa!

The coastal city of Genoa is located in a narrow stretch between the Apennines mountains and the Ligurian sea. Due to its historical past, impressive landmarks and being the busiest port in Italy (and twelfth busiest in the European Union), Genoa has been nicknamed La Superba, or “the proud one”.

The Metropolitan city of Genoa can be characterised completely as hilly with narrow flats near the rivers or brooks, and has been considered coastal mountains. As the sixth-largest city Italy, it is home to over 850,000 residents, with 50% of the urban population concentrated in the city center. It is among the most green cities in Italy and offers its citizens very good public transportation through buses and the underground. The city has LTZ (Limited Traffic Zones) which discourages the use of vehicles. The municipality has also incentivised citizens in the past to purchase bicycles or electric motorcycles. The Comune di Genoa has teamed up with Duferco Energia to bring 10 Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) for shared use.

Citizens interested in testing out of the EL-Vs can download the Duferco Energia app and register for ELVITEN through the app. Upon registration, users can then login to their ELVITEN account and fill out a background questionnaire regarding their mobility habits which grants them access to the ELVITEN network.Users can also access the ELVITEN unifying app using their ELVITEN credentials, for incentives and a better EL-V experience. Once an ELVITEN EL-V is booked, users gain access to the eTricycle and the various charging points located around the city.

Watch the video on our Youtube channel to find out how you can test an ELVITEN EL-V in Genoa!

Comune di Genova and Duferco Energia have teamed up to bring ELVITEN to the city of Genoa! The coastal city of Genoa is located in a narrow stretch between the Apennines mountains and the Ligurian sea. Due to its historical past, impressive landmarks and being the busiest port in Italy (and twelfth busiest in the European […]

Duferco Energia presents ELVITEN at the GoaBoa Festival

The Goa Boa festival is a music event that takes place every year in Genoa, Italy. The event is a part of the ‘Genova Città dei Festival’ exhibition, organized by the Municipality of Genoa. During the ten day long music festival, the event welcomed in thousands of people.

ELVITEN partner Duferco Energia, participated in the event to promote ELVITEN after the installation of the first two e-charging hubs, which brought 24 brand new charging points dedicated to Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs), in Genoa. At the Duferco Energia x ELVITEN booth, attendees of the festival were able to ask questions about e-mobility and learn more about how ELVITEN is making transport more sustainable in the city of Genoa.

Being among one of the greenest cities in Italy, in Genoa there are already 100 EL-Vs and 16 charging points. ELVITEN will bring 10 electric tricycles to Genoa for shared mobility and create a charging network. The EL-Vs will be provided for free use and tackle owners, sharers and deliverers.

 

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 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.

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.

ELVITEN: Paving the way for electromobility in Genoa

With the objective of preparing the cities for the deployment of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs), ELVITEN held two workshops in the city of Genoa. The first activity took place in May 2018 and a second workshop was coordinated on 27 September. During both workshops, ELVITEN partners had the opportunity to introduce the project to an specialised public, interested parties and relevant city authorities.

The first workshops brought together relevant stakeholder such as Stefano Balleari, deputy mayor of the Municipality of Genoa who emphasized in the city commitment of increasing electromobility plans and deploying new infrastructure and incentives for citizens to use the services. Furthermore, the mobility manager of the Municipality explained the mobility plan of the city, the territory and its network of roads highlighting the importance of ELVITEN.

A special contribution was done by project partner Duferco Energia who explained its role in the project. They were tasked to create a charging hub (24 EL-V charging point, 10 charging points for bikes, one column with two charging point for EVs) and a charging island EL-V. In addition, they explained the usefulness of the location of the hubs in the city and the IoT solution adopted for the booking of the charging points.

As part of the ELVITEN consortium, T-Bridge also made a presentation referring  to the ELECTRA project that paved the way for urban electromobility in Genoa, through the study and experimentation of specific tools and actions.

Participants pointed out the importance of improving the city infrastructures and services an expressed their interest in participate in the different ELVITEN activities.

Although the second workshop pursued the same objective of introducing ELVITEN to local stakeholders, a great focus was put on the EPPI Platform for positive incentives. T-Bridge performed a demo of the SmartApp showing how the final users can monitor and manage their wallet of points collected and the possible awards to be reached. This workshop had the participation of companies such as Quaeryon who are developing the incentive scheme in the city of Genoa and Softeco who showed and performed a demo of the operator web app that shall be used by municipalities’ representatives during the implementation phase for the activities.

As a final point, the Municipality of Genoa described the permanent showroom that will be implemented within the ELVITEN project. The Municipality will provide the space for the project promotion and in which Regional Support Groups will be invited to advertise their business.

With the objective of preparing the cities for the deployment of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs), ELVITEN held two workshops in the city of Genoa. The first activity took place in May 2018 and a second workshop was coordinated on 27 September. During both workshops, ELVITEN partners had the opportunity to introduce the project to an […]

Results of the ELVITEN Survey on Travel in Cities

The ELVITEN project conducted a public survey early this year to prepare the ground for the implementation of the project. The survey sought to collect and analyse data on public perceptions of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) by current vehicle usage and travel behaviour, age group, gender, etc. It also gathered information on mobility demands of citizens, fleet operators and fleet drivers in urban environments.

The survey was made available in English, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish and targeted citizens living in or near the six ELVITEN cities, namely, Bari, Berlin, Rome, Genoa, Trikala, and Malaga, however, answers from other European cities and countries were also taken into account. The survey, which was promoted via the ELVITEN website, partner websites (in particular in the targeted cities), emails and social media, collected a total of 7.390 valid responses.

Some of the most relevant findings of the survey were:

  • All cities had a large observed interest in EL-V sharing schemes.
  • Topography had some effect on travel behaviour, particularly on cycling, e.g. Genoa is very hilly and less suitable for cycling; Bari and Malaga are much flatter.
  • When asked about their preferred type of light vehicle (if any), the most popular vehicles were bicycles including electrically assisted bicycles, except for Rome and Trikala.
  • Three-wheelers were a less popular choice than 2- or 4-wheeled EL-Vs in most of the cities with the exception of Berlin, where it was most frequently selected option for work/education trips.
  • Safety was a key consideration in selecting among different types of EL-V. In the majority of the cities, a greater number of respondents expressed an interest in using electric four-wheelers. This could be explained by a further finding of the survey which states that users’ perception of safety is increasing with the number of wheels.
  • Comfort and luggage capacity was also one of the reasons that a greater number of participants selected electric four-wheelers.
  • Berlin and Rome have the most comprehensive public transport: this is a likely reason for the lower than average enthusiasm for EL-Vs.
  • Gender also made some differentiation, in Malaga, male participants seemed to be more willing to use a sharing scheme of EL-Vs whereas in Bari women were less keen to share EL-Vs.
  • Men were observed to be more inclined to use EL-Vs for trips related to work or education purposes. A higher percentage of women and elderly declared “Don’t know” across almost all the attributes.
  • Sufficient electric charging infrastructure was a major factor where improvements are needed in order to boost EV/EL-V use.
  • Instead of owning EL-Vs, the majority of the respondents would prefer to use shared or rented vehicles, although this majority was smaller in Berlin than in the other five cities.
  • A majority of respondents in all cities would consider using EL-Vs as part of a multimodal journey.
  • Sufficient secure parking was also very important for most of the respondents, followed by the possibility of using bus and cycle lanes by two- or three-wheelers.

As part of the research, ELVITEN carried out a series of interviews to fleet managers and drivers. In total, 60 fleet operators, among which were delivery businesses, rental companies, and catering services, participated in the interviews. Their attitudes towards EL-Vs was overall positive. When asked if they were ready to change from ICE L-Vs to EL-Vs, 18 out of 20 respondents indicated that they would consider or have already considered shifting to electromobility. On the other hand, fleet operators and drivers listed a number of measures for an easier use of EL-Vs such as the creation of dedicated delivery spaces on the streets. Nevertheless, fleet operators pointed out some challenges in the implementation of the ELVITEN scheme, 93% of them showed some concerns about the lack of electric charging infrastructure.

As an overall conclusion, the majority of respondents would prefer to use shared EL-Vs instead of using their own. The public and fleet managers have positive perceptions of the use of EL-Vs which is essential to guarantee ELVITEN’s overall goal of incentivising the usage of EL-Vs for occasional, regular and business-related trips in the city.

To access the full deliverable that contains the complete survey results and the methodology click here. Please note that this document is pending approval from the European Commission.

The ELVITEN project conducted a public survey early this year to prepare the ground for the implementation of the project. The survey sought to collect and analyse data on public perceptions of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) by current vehicle usage and travel behaviour, age group, gender, etc. It also gathered information on mobility demands of citizens, fleet […]