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.
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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 […]
Genoa training professionals to lead smart cities
With the aim to train professionals for an increasingly smart Genoa, the University of Genoa, with Genoa Smart City, Italian Center of Excellence on Integrated Logistics and the Municipality of Genoa are organizing the ‘Smart city, planning and territorial economic development’ course that will take place in April and May 2018.
The course targets graduates, in any discipline, who have gained specific and proven experience in the field and who want to work or are already committed to leading Genoa towards a smart future.
The course is part of the Smart City initiative promoted by the European Union within the Europe 2020 strategy that aims to prepare European cities to face futures economic and environmental challenges such as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The city of Genoa is one of the ELVITEN project cities that ranks at the 21st place as a smart city thanks to its commitment to improving the quality of life through sustainable economic development, innovation and technology.
For more information visit http://www.comune.genova.it/node/88125
Travel on Cities Survey Launch
As part of the Project preparatory studies, ELVITEN has launched its Survey on Travel in Cities that entails 26 questions on users’ commuting and urban transport preferences.
The aim of the Survey is to collect information about Light Electric Vehicles (EL-Vs) usage and users’ mobility patterns and it targets specifically urban users in the project demonstration cities: Rome, Berlin, Bari, Malaga, Genoa and Trikala. Nevertheless, the Survey has been designed to be answered by citizens living in any European city since the learnings from the Project are looking to be implemented in 50 further cities in Europe.
The answering of the questionnaire is expected to last 10 minutes and it is entirely anonymous. The Survey has been made available in English, Spanish, German, Italian and Greek and was open until 12.02.2018.
Genoa Smart Week
From 20-24 November 2017 the city of Genoa hosted the third edition of the Genova Smart Week, focused on innovations for the development of livable cities.
The Event gathered national and international stakeholders and had the participation of Bartolomeo Valcalda from T-Bridge, one of the ELVITEN partners who presented the European project.
The week-long event, sponsored by the Municipality of Genoa, which is also part of the ELVITEN Consortium, was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) and prepare the public for the Project demonstrations scheduled in the Italian city by the end of 2018.
From 20-24 November 2017 the city of Genoa hosted the third edition of the Genova Smart Week, focused on innovations for the development of livable cities. The Event gathered national and international stakeholders and had the participation of Bartolomeo Valcalda from T-Bridge, one of the ELVITEN partners who presented the European project. The week-long event, sponsored […]
ELVITEN Kick-off meeting
On 21-22 November 2017, ELVITEN Consortium gathered in Athens to kick off the ELVITEN project.
During the two-day meeting, the 21 European partners addressed the current challenges of urban mobility.
All involved parties had the chance to discuss the actions needed to increase direct user experience and raise public awareness about Light Electric Vehicles (EL-Vs). Together with research and IT institutes, academics and city local authorities, ELVITEN will support services, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and policies to boost the use, ownership and sharing by private citizens and professionals of electric light vehicles.