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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.”

 

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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 […]

Duferco Energia – ELVITEN’s partner and a mobility service provider

Duferco Energia is an important mobility service provider in Italian energy market and in the field of e-mobility. Within a few years, the company has become important mobility service provider. The company could provide solutions for public recharging through a network enabled for almost 9000 points in Italy and over 50,000 in Europe with about 300 charging stations for electric vehicles.

Duferco Energia is aiming to new objectives and want to expand their recharge network in Italy. It looks with great interest at new frontiers of mobility and the ELVITEN is found to be one of their interest. In ELVITEN project Duferco Energia, as one of the consortium partners, supports the demonstrations in Genoa, dissemination activities and the Regional Support Groups.

The company believes the current emergency situation due to Corona virus pandemic could increase the role of Electric mobility. “Contingency requires a reorganisation of many aspects of corporate life, including attention to the same home-work shifts as employees. Gioco Forza will increase the demand for private mobility , with the risk of returning in a short time to unsustainable levels of pollution in cities and in the most critical areas. The electric mobility can be an answer to the two requirements of the reorganization of movements and transport sustainability, whether public or private, with a look to the organization of private collective transport “ comments Francesco Merella, responsible for electric mobility services within the Sustainable Mobility Department of Duferco Energia.

You can ready here the full article (in Italian) published in Fleet Magazine.

Duferco Energia is an important mobility service provider in Italian energy market and in the field of e-mobility. Within a few years, the company has become important mobility service provider. The company could provide solutions for public recharging through a network enabled for almost 9000 points in Italy and over 50,000 in Europe with about […]

ELVITEN’s vehicle fleet

ELVITEN project is present in six demonstration cities across Europe: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Rome, Trikala and Malaga. Each of these cities differ in existing mobility challenges, infrastructure and policies. ELVITEN project helps the users in demonstration cities by providing them with a better EL-V experience. It is possible with the support of our partners involved in the project who provide with the EL-V fleet.

KYBURZ Switzerland AG is providing with three-wheeler and four-wheeler light electric vehicles in the cities of Trikala and Genoa, which are offered by a e-sharing platform for private transport and light deliveries across the city. The vehicles can be rented from the local registration point or using the available apps like Digital coach, Serious game and Incentive smart app.

Furthermore, in Genoa private EL-Vs are also invited to join the demonstrations. Currently private vehicles are equipped with black boxes and send data to ELVITEN dashboard.

Hubject is offering 10 e-scooters called ZeroScooters made by the manufacturer Simple Mobility in the city of Berlin. These vehicles can be rented from the ZeroZone website and picked up at the delivery centre. ZeroScooters have a unique feature where the battery is removable and can be charged at any conventional power socket. It just takes 2 hours to charge 70% of battery.

S3Transportation is providing more than 175 RadRhino bikes manufactured by RadPowerBikes in the cities of Trikala, Bari, Rome and Malaga. These bikes can be rented using the apps like Digital coach, Serious game and Incentive smart app. Once registered and approved by the local authorities, users can pick up and leave the vehicles at one of the e-Hub parking positions, which are installed near to the city centre.

To know more about the ELVITEN project, click here.

 

ELVITEN project is present in six demonstration cities across Europe: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Rome, Trikala and Malaga. Each of these cities differ in existing mobility challenges, infrastructure and policies. ELVITEN project helps the users in demonstration cities by providing them with a better EL-V experience. It is possible with the support of our partners involved […]

Help us with collecting opinions on the EL-V experience

The ELVITEN project is conducting an online survey (anonymously) on the real experience of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-V) users and non EL-V users. The survey consists of four sets of questionnaires about people’s real experience with EL-Vs covering two-wheeler, three-wheeler, four-wheeler and non EL-V users. The ELVITEN survey also has a few questions about charging points.

Under Work Package 5, as part of a task led by the University of Leeds, ELVITEN partners are collecting responses on real EL-V driver conditions, including interactions with other traffic participants. Based on the questionnaires’ responses, the user’s experiences will be analysed in detail, especially as regards:

  • any situations occurred and resulted from interactions among EL-V users with other traffic participants (e.g. vulnerable road users, heavy vehicles, level of interactions, involved participants, user’s reaction);
  • any matters regarded interactions between EL-V users and road infrastructures, environment conditions (e.g. road signs, road markings, visibility conditions);
  • the satisfactory level of availability of private and public charge points and technologies;
  • any technical problems encountered as regards EL-V;
  • the level of comfort of EL-V users and any matters experienced with the control of an vehicle.

The ELVITEN survey findings will be documented per category of EL-V as well as per user age, gender and a cluster.

The survey is available in five languages: English, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish.

The survey is still open and it should not take more than 10-15 minutes to complete.

Your contribution to the survey is valuable for implementation of ELVITEN project.

 

 

The ELVITEN project is conducting an online survey (anonymously) on the real experience of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-V) users and non EL-V users. The survey consists of four sets of questionnaires about people’s real experience with EL-Vs covering two-wheeler, three-wheeler, four-wheeler and non EL-V users. The ELVITEN survey also has a few questions about charging […]