Málaga: ELVITEN Press Conference

On 7 August, the mayor of Málaga Francisco de la Torre accompanied by City Councillors of Tourism and Innovation, Rosa Sanchez and Susana Carillo, presented ELVITEN during a press conference. The Rad Power Bikes will be utilised by residents of Málaga to promote sustainable mobility in the city.

The city of Málaga participates in ELVITEN through project partner Promálaga. For a year, more 250 users will test the forty e-bikes over the period of two months. During the year long demonstrations, the e-Bikes will be collecting data via black boxes. ELVITEN will gather data regarding the trajectory of trips taken, frequency of use, user opinions, ratings and issues encountered by users. This information will be used to create a strategy for implementing EL-Vs in other European cities.

The e-Bikes are given to selected users with a helmet and a security lock for them to use for a period of two months. In order to qualify, citizens must be 18 years or older, with a valid drivers license and a secure place to store the e-Bike. Once the user is selected, they must make a 100 euro deposit that will be returned at the end of the trial period. As there are 15 e-hubs installed in the parking lot of the Tabacalera, the principle users are workers who work close to the complex. There have been 285 submitted user applications to date. Thirty-seven bikes have already been utilised and a total of 942 trips have been registered. The applications are still open and all interested users are welcomed to apply for the opportunity to receive an e-Bike. For more information, visit the Promálaga website.



ELVITEN x Rad Power Bikes Arrive in Málaga

Citizens of Málaga will soon begin seeing ELVITEN x Rad Power Bikes all over their city! ELVITEN demonstrates how Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) can be used in urban areas and be integrated within existing charging networks. ELVITEN partner ProMálaga has teamed up with S3Transportation to bring forty Rad Power e-bikes to this urban city. Citizens interested in participating in the ELVITEN project can fill out an application for the chance to become one of the users who takes home an e-Bike.

In order to be considered, potential users need to fill out an online survey about their mobility habits, which can be requested via email. Applicants are then assessed on whether they fit the requirements to become a user, including having a valid drivers license. Selected users must then fill out a project participation contract and download the ELVITEN app which provides all of the information about the vehicle. Users receive the bike, an authorized helmet, a portable charger and an anti-theft security system that is to be utilised every time the bike is in use. Users also have access to e-Hubs located around the city where the bike can be charged and stored. Users are then allowed to enjoy their new bikes for a total of two months!

The selection of users has already begun. If you live in Málaga, visit our Youtube page to learn more about how you can join!

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.


Stakeholders in Malaga ready to support ELVITEN

Aiming at exchanging knowledge and best practices and enlarging the project network in a local context, ELVITEN partners have been inviting stakeholders in the six ELVITEN cities to join the Regional Support Groups (RSGs). Recently, the project made public the list of companies, institutions, and bodies that will support the project in Málaga, one of the project pilot sites.

In total, 17 companies and institutions signed the RSG agreements in the Spanish city, among which are the Empresa Malagueña de Transporte (EMT) and relevant academic institutions such as the University of Málaga.

This constitutes a major step towards ELVITEN objective of encouraging the mobility users and fleet operators to include Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) in their daily use.

Find the new ELVITEN supporters here:

The tasks of the RSGs are manifold: on the one side, they will engage companies, associations, authorities and other actors outside the ELVITEN project consortium who will support the demonstrations.

Members may include electric vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators, charging point operators, road infrastructure operators, public authorities, electrical distribution system operators, service providers and other organisations and bodies involved or interested in electromobility. This also includes academics, research organisations and the media.

On the other hand, members of the Regional Support Groups will help to better understand and clarify the market needs and expectations. In addition, they will support disseminating the project’s achievements and ensure visibility in a local context.

Members of the RSG will benefit from visibility at the ELVITEN events and activities and as well as the promotion of their brands through the project channels, website, and social media. Furthermore, the members of the RSG will be informed about relevant project developments and achievements and they will be invited to meetings and workshops.

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.

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 […]

Green light to ELVITEN in Málaga

On the 28 April, the second ELVITEN workshop took place at the Trade Fair and Congress in the city of Málaga in the context of the 9th Green Cities Forum. The event, organised by Promálaga, was an excellent occasion to present the ELVITEN project to Spanish stakeholders, and hear their inputs regarding the implementation of the ELVITEN scheme in this city.

The workshop was moderated by Isabel Pascual Villamor from Promálaga and had the participation of several project partners such as Villy Portouli, from ICCS, who presented the project. Andrew Winder, from ERTICO, who showed some of the results of the Public Perception Survey that was launched at the end of 2017 and that gathered more than 7000 answers on the attitudes towards EL-Vs. In addition, Sonja Pajkovska from Hubject spoke about the deployment of EL-Vs in European cities taking the city of Berlin as an example.

Spanish stakeholders also took part in the debate. Researchers from the University of Málaga, Guadalupe Gonzales and Irene Bautista made a presentation on the evolution of the transport system in Málaga. An important intervention was made by Miguel Ruiz, president of the National Urban Association (ATUC) and the managing director of Málaga’s public transport company (EMT). Mr. Ruiz explained some of the challenges the public transport is facing in the city and made emphasis on the importance of projects, such as ELVITEN, for the integration of alternative modes of mobility to the traditional public transportation systems.

The full-day event ended with an open discussion where participants raised some questions, concerns and comments regarding the project objectives and challenges.

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ELVITEN 2nd General Assembly

The ELVITEN consortium gathered in the city of Málaga on 27 April to hold the second project’s General Assembly that aimed at reviewing the current status of the project.

The 21 partners contributed during the full-day meeting by reporting on their activities they have been leading since the project kicked off in November last year.

Martin Wagner from ATOS presented the results of a series of round trips that ELVITEN has been carrying out at the project sites in order to collect information and prepare the cities for the demonstrations of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) that will start in October 2018.

Andrew Winder from ERTICO updated partners on the progress of the results of the ‘Survey on Travel in Cities’ that closed on February 2018 and that collected around 7000 answers on citizens attitudes towards EL-Vs. In addition, Evangelia Portouli from the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) also presented some of the results of the first project workshop that took place in Bari on the 13 April 2018.

The meeting took place at the Málaga Town Hall and was organise by Promálaga which was also responsible for the organisation of the ELVITEN workshop that was held the day before at the Trade Fair and Congress of the city.

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The ELVITEN consortium gathered in the city of Málaga on 27 April to hold the second project’s General Assembly that aimed at reviewing the current status of the project. The 21 partners contributed during the full-day meeting by reporting on their activities they have been leading since the project kicked off in November last year. Martin Wagner […]