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Recommendations by ELVITEN to planning authorities emerged after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the needs and habits of all users across our world, these new changes are not only becoming the new normal but will have repercussions in the near future. In this regard, ELVITEN partners created a report “Recommendations for Planning Authorities emerged after COVID-19” to offer to planning authorities some recommendations related to light electric mobility.

The recommendations are based on the results and experience acquired within the ELVITEN project, trends, and market drivers observed during the pandemic period.

Some of the lessons learned are:

  • SAFETY is a fundamental service offering to the user.
  • REGULATION POLICIES are required to adapt to the behaviour of the different user groups to help the planning of services.
  • PARTNERSHIP WITH PRIVATE OPERATORS are required to renew and to develop the offer of innovative services, which are widely accessible and are integrated with other means of transportation.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY will have to be re-launched as the COVID-19 pandemic has got unprecedented challenges, but at the same time provided a chance to rebuild economies in a way which reinforces the connection between human well-being and a healthy environment.
  • TECHNOLOGICAL TOOLS are increasingly important to enable data collection and data analysis. Companies should focus on increasing adaptive capacity by looking to better integrate, refocus and in some cases diversify their offer.

ELVITEN believes these lessons learned can help planning authorities to propose new mobility models adapted to the new context, which will affect urban transport systems at least in the short and medium term.

To read the full report, click here.

ELVITEN Press release – August 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the needs and habits of all users across our world, these new changes are not only becoming the new normal but will have repercussions in the near future. In this regard, ELVITEN partners created a report “Recommendations for Planning Authorities emerged after COVID-19”  to offer to planning authorities some recommendations […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – Comune di Genova

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, presenting the Comune di Genova – Municipality of Genova, their role in the project, as well as their view on ELVs and urban mobility.

Enjoy the reading!

A short introduction of your organisation

The Municipality of Genoa (Comune di Genova) is a public administration organised into seven organisational units: General Management, Operational General Management, Areas, Mayor’s organisational units, The General Secretariat Office, Directions, City Halls.

Municipality of Genoa’s focuses are sustainable development, employment, security, tourism, green and blue economy, youth policies and technological development. Genoa also promotes models of sharing economy for all its citizens through e- Government.

What is your task and responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

Genoa is one of ELVITEN demonstration cities, and the Municipality of Genoa has participated in the project to build a demonstrations methodology.

The CdG has participated in the implementation of WP2 “Methodology and preparatory works for the demonstrations”, WP4 “Demonstrations” and WP5 “EL-Vs real usage and acceptance”, and it is the leader of Task 7.2 Stakeholders per business opportunity, and Task 7.5 Suggestions for potential legislative improvement within WP7 “Dynamic business modelling and guidelines for EL-Vs wide uptake”, as well as it leads the Task 8.4 Stakeholder Forum and Liaison activities within WP8 “Communication, Dissemination and Liaison”.

What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

Enable EL-V owners to improve and maximize the use of their vehicles by providing them with more and better organized charge points, via integrated e-charging Hubs and dedicated parking lots in the city centre.

Involve privately owned charge points, to create a charge network all over the city, with attention on the main urban attractor nodes (i.e. railway stations, shopping centres, business district) and on major companies.

Stimulate the use of EL-Vs between ‘last mile’ delivery carriers.

Set up instruments capable to affect and stimulate virtuous behaviour through incentive mechanisms for EL-Vs owners or sharers. Part of the activities in ELVITEN will connect behaviour with incentive mechanism related to green sustainable mobility, interfaced with the wider smart card system of the Municipality.

Greater awareness among private and professional users about the potential of EL-Vs due to daily experience with them.

Overcoming the psychological barriers to adopt EL-Vs by different clusters of users.

Less pollution, traffic, and noise in the city.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

In recent years, E-Light Vehicles had a strong increase both thanks to new technological development, the availability of a wide range of vehicles on the market and new measures and incentives for e-mobility introduced by public administrations, as well as an evolving regulatory framework. The use of EL-Vs vehicles is useful to contain urban pollution especially on urban scale, to implement new strategies for sustainability and, at the same time, it allows an effective mobility of people in urban areas. The increase of EL-Vs vehicles is also significant for delivery of goods (last mile deliveries) especially in cities like Genoa, with a territory characterized by a large historical centre and narrow streets difficult to reach and with limitations to traditionally powered vehicles and the spread of these vehicles is also booming thanks to sharing mobility.

The recent health emergency situation due to COVID-19 resulted also a change in mobility demand and the consequent need to find sustainable alternatives to the use of public transport and for the delivery of goods, has further increased the need of the diffusion of Electric-Light Vehicles. In line with the provisions of Genova Urban Mobility Plan, however, an intervention on the territory is indispensable for the creation of a network of dedicated charging stations and the definition of a measures to encourage use and incentives to purchase and rewards related to the use. The cost of Electric-Light Vehicles is still quite high, but the availability of incentives and an adequate presence of e-changing stations at urban level will facilitate their expansion.

Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility?

Liguria Region approved a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a charging network for electric mobility in Genoa. In this way, Genoa Municipality improves electric mobility through actions aimed to create infrastructures on urban territory to increase use of e-vehicles. The actions provide useful resources for the improvement of the policy instrument, favouring the transition to the use of non-polluting way of transport for climate protection and the prevention of risks related to climate change.

The actions could be implemented with public and private operators interested to the development and realization of further new e-charging stations in the city, to promote a sustainable urban electric mobility to aim to guarantee a large free use in public spaces aimed to develop a capillary e-charging network on the territory.

In Genoa and in other cities of the Liguria Region, due to the complex orography of the territory, motorcycles and scooters are very used and to favour the use of electric light vehicles could be launched incentive campaigns for the purchase of this type of electric vehicles through specific bonus available for those who scrap polluting vehicles and buy a new electric vehicle (electric bikes, motorcycles and scooters). Moreover, a good communication and dissemination of the actions are very important to the diffusion of e-vehicles.

What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?

In 2016, over 750,000 “electrified” cars were sold worldwide: BEV (pure electric), HEV (hybrid) or PHEV (plug-in hybrid). China is the largest market for electric vehicles, about 40% of world demand (about 340 thousand), double the sales of the USA (160 thousand). In the first 6 months of 2017, sales of BEV, PHEV and FC cars in China, USA, EU and Japan reached 425 thousand (Source: ANFIA). The Italian car park is approximately 37 million cars. If, only hypothetically, all the cars sold from 2018 onwards were “electrified” (BEV, PHEV, FCEV) it would take more than thirteen years to “electrify” the entire car fleet.

In 2030, about 20% of the world circulating fleet could be made up of BEV (battery electric vehicles) with significant differences between countries depending on the policies undertaken (Source: International Energy Agency 2017). As an indication between 2025 and 2030, the break-even between the prices of electric vehicles (BEV) and those with internal combustion power trains could be reached.

The date will mainly depend on:

  • the technological evolution of accumulators
  • the growing demand for batteries
  • by the methods of their reuse and / or disposal
  • from access to raw materials to make them

As experiences in other countries (Denmark, Norway) demonstrate, the spread of “electric only” vehicles is strongly linked to the availability of economic incentives. Fundamental is a widespread diffusion of the charging network (columns). Dynamic inductive charging is being tested and it is not possible today to understand what its future evolution will be.

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, presenting the Comune di Genova – Municipality of Genova, their role in the project, as well as their view on ELVs and urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation The Municipality of Genoa (Comune di Genova) is a public administration […]

Recommendations for Service Providers after COVID-19

In spring 2019, after 18 months of preparatory activities, the ELVITEN partners started to deploy the demonstration phase in six European cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome, and Trikala. The goal was to collect data from the pilot sites to demonstrate how Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) can be used in urban areas.

After few months of demonstrations, the pilot activities became a privileged observatory to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the users’ behaviour and the new mobility needs of European citizens. The collected data in the ELVITEN demonstration cities enabled to obtain useful indications on how the EL-Vs services helped users’ needs during the COVID-19 crisis.

ELVITEN partners prepared a report “Recommendations for Service Providers emerged after COVID-19” to offer some recommendations to light electric mobility service providers. The recommendations are framed based on the results and experience acquired within the ELVITEN project and are integrated with the evidence, trends, and market drivers observed during the pandemic.

Some of the recommendations to service providers are:

– Safety and hygiene: Service providers who can manage to convince users that their vehicles are the safest will have a significant advantage over those who may not have the resources to do so.

– Strategy: Most of the revenue was previously generated locally in many cities, primarily due to the tourists. But due to the current health crisis, travelling is very much restricted and service providers must look for new strategies. Shifting from short-term offers to monthly subscriptions to maintain a low cost per trip for all new regular users can bring in new revenues and help the service providers.

– Integration: Technological innovations such as platforms for the integration of mobility services, and market innovations such as sharing services (cars, bikes, and scooters) can and should contribute to the development of sustainable mobility provision for all citizens.

“Mobility needs to reinvent itself in some way to adapt to the upcoming challenges arising from COVID-19. Operators, software developers, vehicle manufacturers, public services and public
authorities will all have to be creative to find ways to address a wide range of social, technical, and commercial problems created or exacerbated by the pandemic. “

To read the full report, click here.

ELVITEN Press release – July 2020.

 

In spring 2019, after 18 months of preparatory activities, the ELVITEN partners started to deploy the demonstration phase in six European cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome, and Trikala. The goal was to collect data from the pilot sites to demonstrate how Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) can be used in urban areas. After few months […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – KYBURZ Switzerland AG

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – KYBURZ Switzerland AG, their tasks in the project, and views on Electric Light-Vehicles and urban mobility.

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KYBURZ Switzerland AG develops and produces high-quality electric vehicles for delivery companies, industrial companies, municipalities and private individuals.

The original 3-wheeled KYBURZ electric vehicles for postal delivery have become an integral part of the roadscape in many countries. KYBURZ is an international leader in high-quality mobility and transport solutions for the last mile.

Finding pleasure in development while focusing on sustainability and environmentally friendly methods and products KYBURZ Switzerland AG is looking forward to the future and can build on its solid basis of craftsmanship and many years of experience. The warranty for the service and maintenance of its products is one of the company’s highest priorities as well as being an important line of business.

Tens of thousands of proven KYBURZ DXP delivery vehicles are in use in many European countries as well as Australia. This need-based application of reliable and safe vehicles is requested for collection and delivery at low cost of ownership. It is used in many ways and constantly optimized like every product by KYBURZ.

In addition to the delivery of twenty vehicles, KYBURZ’ part in the ELVITEN project is the transfer of data from all kind of vehicles to the ELVITEN cloud platform. Usage data, motion data, or technical data: the KYBURZ fleet box captures available information of all kind of vehicles like e-bikes or Electric Light-Vehicles and transmit them to a server by mobile network. With this technical service KYBURZ provides the data basis for the scientific evaluations and studies within the ELVITEN project.

As a market orientated medium enterprise which employs around 150 people KYBURZ’s motivation to participate in the ELVITEN project has many reasons: The collaboration with an international team of researching scientists may be one. The practical application and ongoing development of the company’s own data transmission system is a central interest in joining the ELVITEN project besides the connection to different partners with experience in the sharing economy.

Urban as well as suburban mobility as we know it today really calls for new approaches. Traffic space in European cities is limited by the historical development. While maintaining individual forms of mobility, only a reduction in vehicle size and mass and the sharing of transport modes can be a solution. Electric Light-Vehicles (EL-V) will play a major role in this process.

KYBURZ Switzerland as a producer of LE-Vs is constantly gaining new knowledge and experience, which is used in the optimization and development of lightweight forms of electric mobility. At the same time, there are still many questions to be answered in this topic: Does the individual mobility of people follow the same path as the transport, distribution and delivery of goods?

Individual mobility behaviour of many people is very irrational in many different ways. A change in mobility will be implemented by financially precisely calculating companies. Electric Light-Vehicles (EL-V) yet started to be the financially more attractive solution for the distribution of goods in European cities.

Improved knowledge about mobility, as gained in the Elviten project, supplemented with the already existing advantages of Electric Light-Vehicles, will massively change the urban and suburban street scene in the near future. KYBURZ Switzerland is convinced to be a leading partner for this transformation following the Martin Kyburz’s (CEO, founder and owner) words: “Each and every one of us is responsible for positively influencing world events and only when everyone does, we will have the chance to succeed.”

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This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – KYBURZ Switzerland AG, their tasks in the project, and views on Electric Light-Vehicles and urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! KYBURZ Switzerland AG develops and produces high-quality electric vehicles for delivery companies, industrial companies, municipalities and private individuals. […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – T Bridge

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which Simone Porru (PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering) – Functional Analyst at T Bridge, shares his role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as views on urban mobility.

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A short introduction of your organisation.

T Bridge is a consulting and ICT company driven by innovation and expertise. With over one hundred experts, T Bridge has been working on the local public transport and ICT in Italy and all over Europe, with companies, local public authorities and their technical departments. By providing consulting services on process analysis, functional design, architectural design, and integrated solutions implementation, and technical and methodological support for enterprises and government agencies, T Bridge supports its customers in devising development strategies, creating innovation processes, and building corporate culture to foster growth and generate value. To achieve its mission, T Bridge designs and implements cutting-edge strategies by integrating management consulting and ICT expertise, heavily investing in methodologies, organisational knowledge, and resources development, making them its main success key factors.

What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

In the ELVITEN project, I have been mainly working on the ICT requirements analysis, on the integration and deployment of the ICT tools for the ELVITEN mobility services, and on the coordination of software maintenance activities. As leader of the Work Package (WP) on ICT platform and tools, T Bridge coordinated the software development efforts that led to the deployment of the e-mobility applications, necessary for the success of the ELVITEN demonstrations. While I initially worked on defining the requirements, with the main objective of collecting all the data coming from different localized e-mobility services into a central platform, and then on coordinating the development of localized software solutions, I was especially involved in the development of the Incentive Smart App, which leveraged the EPPI platform devised by Softeco and Quaeryon in a previous project. Citizens showed great interest towards the incentive app, thus proving that rewarding virtuous behaviours can effectively promote interest towards electric vehicles and increase their usage.

What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

T Bridge has been committed to devising innovative solutions for urban e-mobility services since the Ele.C.Tra project, in which it was the technical coordinator. Considering our previous experience, we immediately recognized the full innovation potential behind the main concept of ELVITEN, also understanding that it represented for our company the most natural, timely continuation of our previous work in Ele.C.Tra. We joined the project with the main goal of sharing and increasing our expertise in urban e-mobility, by leveraging and building on our previous collaboration with local businesses and public administrations to give our contribution in devising unique, customized solutions for the city of Genoa and the other demonstration sites, while aiming at integrating all the localized e-mobility services to collect all the data in a single platform. From my personal point of view, I was excited by the idea of collaborating with such a large number of mobility experts, both from industry and academia, with the common goal of promoting e-mobility across Europe within different local contexts.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

I believe that light electric vehicles have a huge untapped potential, as shown by their unique advantages with respect to ICE vehicles, especially within the urban context. Each of them provides a unique driving experience, which is being more and more favourably perceived, as we get used to their presence and understand how the numerous different typologies of electric vehicles, each with its own distinctive features, can better suit specific mobility needs. In most European major cities, electric vehicles seem to blend with the atmosphere of the old city centres, providing a silent means of transport, quietly but swiftly moving through narrow streets that would easily amplify even the slightest noise, making them a better alternative to ICE vehicles. The disruptive changes triggered by the ongoing pandemic have also led to an increasing interest towards personal mobility means, a segment where electric vehicles shine.

During the ELVITEN project, we also had the chance to shed light on limiting features which, if resolved, would certainly result in greater adoption of light electric vehicles. More specifically, thanks to the drivers’ issue reports collected via the Unifying App, two key issues stood out: comfort and safety, and policies. Light electric vehicles are expected to be as comfortable as their ICE counterparts, as the European citizen is highly concerned with build quality and driving experience. On the other hand, policies can boost adoption by making the use of light electric vehicles even more cost-effective and convenient than ICE vehicles.

Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility? 

EL-Vs are reshaping the urban environment by adding variety to mobility solutions. New usage schemes are flourishing thanks to EL-Vs increasing adoption, giving the impression that citizens are more and more aware that they can optimize the cost-effectiveness and convenience of their urban trips by using the most suitable transportation vehicles and services for a specific mobility need. Last, but not least, as adoption increases, citizens are being made even more aware about the sustainability of urban movements with regard to air (and noise) pollution.

What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?

Considering the most recent disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe that the future market for urban mobility will be more favourable to environmentally-friendly and, at least in the mid-term, to personal transport vehicles. This is because individuals are increasingly aware about the advantages brought by the decrease in urban pollution triggered by lockdown measures, and the safety ensured by personal vehicles, which are more sanitization- and prevention-friendly. We must be aware that even temporary changes can trigger long-lasting changes in behaviours. Local authorities will have to consider that citizens will most probably turn to safer mobility habits, thus possibly trying to avoid overcrowded public transportation whenever possible. Innovative solutions and timely decisions will be crucial to avoid unmanageable changes in traffic patterns and to take advantage of the current situation, thus laying the foundations for a long-term virtuous cycle. Policies will need to be adjusted to fit this new scenario, and will be key to embrace the change and take this chance to make electric mobility gain momentum.

 

 

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which Simone Porru (PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering) – Functional Analyst at T Bridge, shares his role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as views on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation. T Bridge is […]

ELVITEN Ambassadors

Did you know that ELVITEN project has project Ambassadors? They are local representatives in ELVITEN demonstration cities.

As part of the awareness campaign, which has started even before the pilot and the real demonstrations started, an ambassador per city was chosen by the city partners to promote the ELVITEN project at local level, to support the campaign and demonstrations in Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. Ambassadors have been playing an important role during the ongoing campaign and demonstrations with the main aim at increasing the attention of the public towards the project, its implementation and results.

Know the Ambassadors in ELVITEN demonstration cities:

  • Bari – Antonio Decaro (Mayor of Bari)
  • Malaga – Francisco de la Torre (Mayor of Malaga)
  • Rome – Virginia Raggi (Mayor of Rome) and Linda Meleo (Mobility Assessor of Rome)
  • Trikala – Dimitrios Papastergiou (Mayor of Trikala)

 

The project Ambassadors have supported the ELVITEN project and the partners, and were selected by each city leader. A letter of agreement was needed to formalise the support.

The presence of ELVITEN Ambassadors in local media and supporting ELVITEN partners is crucial in rising the awareness among the public and in changing the attitude towards more green and sustainable urban mobility.

 

 

 

 

Did you know that ELVITEN project has project Ambassadors? They are local representatives in ELVITEN demonstration cities. As part of the awareness campaign, which has started even before the pilot and the real demonstrations started, an ambassador per city was chosen by the city partners to promote the ELVITEN project at local level, to support […]

The future of electric vehicles may be with two-wheelers

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the global demand for gasoline powered vehicles is slowing down. The recession will put consumers to suppress demand for purchases. Consumers are expected to look towards cheaper and efficient transportation modes. Under these new trends analysts say that inexpensive motorcycles and scooters will make up the largest group of new vehicles hitting the world’s roads in the next decade out of which electric bike will have major share.

With car sales slowing in developed countries, electric two wheeler may have their moment. According to projections from the Energy and Resources Institute, a New Delhi think tank – hundreds of millions of vehicles will be sold in emerging markets like India and China. Electric two wheelers are already showing environmental impact, according to the International Energy Agency, a Paris-based energy watchdog. Electric two- and three-wheelers on the roads avoided more pollutants than all electric cars combined in 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, according to the IEA. India’s government has said it wants 30% of new vehicles to be electric in the next decade, and has even higher goals for two-wheelers. In China, the IEA estimates 90% of two-wheelers will be electric by 2030.

In Brussels (Belgium) mobility sharing company Billy bike announced the use of electric bicycles doubled since the beginning of lock-down on 18 March. In March, Billy bike announced 500 minutes of free rides for essential personnel who help keep the city running. Although the company saw decline in profits, soon the scheme began to rise and became a hit in the city. Other mobility sharing companies decided to pull their vehicles due to the COVID-19, but Billy bike took the risk. Eventually it paid off and the company received twice as many registrations and usage of bikes than usual. The CEO of Billy Bike Pierre de Schaetzen told La LibreDuring the evenings and weekends, there are more often longer rides in the Forêt de Soignes or along the Channel.”

He added, the reluctance to use public transport due to to health safety might be the reason for increase in bike sharing. He said “We even see that car drivers are also using bicycles at the moment, Many people are discovering cycling as a mode of transport in Brussels.”

 

Picture: Billy Bike ©

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the global demand for gasoline powered vehicles is slowing down. The recession will put consumers to suppress demand for purchases. Consumers are expected to look towards cheaper and efficient transportation modes. Under these new trends analysts say that inexpensive motorcycles and scooters will make up the largest group of new […]

ELVITEN is presented in the e-smartec promotional video

The European project e-smartec is funded by the Interreg Europe (European Regional Development Fund) under the low carbon economy thematic area. The project aims at developing action plans to start and implement effective mobility intervention and it works to bring enhanced sustainable mobility using its marketing techniques.

The project brings together 9 partners from 7 different countries to enhance citizens and stakeholders engagement to develop urban mobility plans. It is currently engaged in six different project areas. Recently they collected 76 good practices across Europe as part of their task in the project. ELVITEN project was one of the three projects featured in e-smartec promotional video. ELVITEN also collaborates with e-smartec to bring out the best solutions for urban mobility.

You can watch the e-smartec video below.

A report has been published later. The aim of this report is to present the good practices from regions outside the e-smartec partner regions. To read the full report, click here.

To know about e-smartec, click here. Follow e-smartec on Twitter & join their Linked-In Group. 

The European project e-smartec is funded by the Interreg Europe (European Regional Development Fund) under the low carbon economy thematic area. The project aims at developing action plans to start and implement effective mobility intervention and it works to bring enhanced sustainable mobility using its marketing techniques. The project brings together 9 partners from 7 […]