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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 invited to the EPP Group Conference in Athens

The ELVITEN project participated in the conference organised by the European People’s Party Group in the Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens on 7 February 2019. It was an event dedicated to the members of the EPP Group and journalists from various European countries.

ICCS and more specifically the I-SENSE group, presented the vision of the project, the planned activities and also deployed the opportunity to share the ELVITEN idea among European policy makers. Within a short presentation, the I-SENSE members briefly presented how this idea came up and how it was transfigured into a project as well as its social benefits. Attendees had a fruitful discussion about smart cities, future steps and the social circumstances in Europe for young people and other important issues relevant to the current affairs.

In parallel, the ELVITEN project was present with a booth where participants were able to find out further information about the project and its contribution to a better daily life. A light electric vehicle also travelled from Trikala to Athens for the ELVITEN booth, attracting the visitors while the most daring tried it out. The Chairman of the EPP Group, Mr.Manfred Weber, and the President of Nea Dimokratia (Greece), Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, visited the booth and expressed interest to find out more information about the project and finally tested the ELVITEN EL-V.

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The ELVITEN project participated in the conference organised by the European People’s Party Group in the Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens on 7 February 2019. It was an event dedicated to the members of the EPP Group and journalists from various European countries. ICCS and more specifically the I-SENSE group, presented the vision of the […]

ELVITEN: ready to transform the mobility in Trikala

The ELVITEN project will soon start the demonstration of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) in the city of Trikala. From the end of this month, citizens of Greece’s first smart city will start seeing around the ELVITEN three-wheelers and four-wheelers EL-Vs.

In total, the city of Trikala is deploying 10 tricycles and 10 quadricycles which has been provided by the Swiss company Kyburz, one of the 21 project partners. The objective of these demonstrations is to evaluate the usefulness of this specific type of vehicles in Trikala, make Trikala’s 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 Trikala, one of the six ELVITEN locations, will be accompanied by an awareness campaign in which all citizens are welcome to participate by sharing the #LetsGoElectric over the social media everytime they see one of the electric vehicles and share their opinions over electromobility.

With the objective of encouraging citizens to contribute to make Trikala a more sustainable and greener city, the ELVITEN partners in the city has put in place a number of incentives for those achieving the highest record toward 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, Mill of Elves Magic Park Free cards and Mill Of Elves gift Packages, free swimming pool subscription and much more.

Stay tuned for what is coming next!

The ELVITEN project will soon start the demonstration of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) in the city of Trikala. From the end of this month, citizens of Greece’s first smart city will start seeing around the ELVITEN three-wheelers and four-wheelers EL-Vs. In total, the city of Trikala is deploying 10 tricycles and 10 quadricycles which has been provided by the Swiss […]

ELVITEN at the ITS Hellas Conference exhibition

As part of the 4th ITS Hellas Conference, held on 18 – 19 December in the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Athens, two from the ten Light Electric Vehicles that are already available in the city of Trikala were showcased in the ELVITEN booth.

More than 160 participants had the opportunity to see the vehicles, find out more about the benefits of the day-to-day usage in urban environments and also get further information about the one-year-pilots under the ELVITEN project, in the city of Trikala as well as the other five European cities.

The ITS Hellas Conference is an annual event organised by the Hellenic Intelligent Transport Systems Organization (ITS Hellas). The aim of the Conference was to highlight the need and importance of ITS in Greece as a means of economic growth and prosperity, but also to ensure the efficiency and safety of transport for the benefit of both users and the environment .

 

As part of the 4th ITS Hellas Conference, held on 18 – 19 December in the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Athens, two from the ten Light Electric Vehicles that are already available in the city of Trikala were showcased in the ELVITEN booth. More than 160 participants had the opportunity to see the […]

Electric Light Vehicles to be tested in Trikala

Moving around Trikala will be easier and more sustainable in the near future. After having implemented Greek’s first self-driving bus (CityMobile2) Trikala continues promoting smart mobility by including EL-Vs in the everyday transport network.

On 19 September 2018, in the context of the European Mobility Week 2018, the City of Trikala demonstrated two Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) at the Traffic Park of the Municipality. The Mayor of Trikala Dimitris Papastergiou, together with the chairman of e-Trikala SA Ioannis Kotoulas introduced the three- and a four-wheeler EL-Vs to the public. The vehicles were provided by the Swiss EL-Vs manufacturer Kyburz, one of the partners of the ELVITEN project.

The use of such EL-Vs “can help people to make their daily commutes smoother and more ecological and faster in cases of transport, delivery and public service needs” Mr. Papastergiou highlighted. “These vehicles will show that technology has begun to mature and to provide solutions to the everyday life of a city”, he added.  The event was also an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the next steps of the ELVITEN project and how to use the scientific data gathered from the use of EL-Vs.

Additionally, the audience got informed about the vehicles that will be deployed in Trikala for delivery use or for citizens’ commuting. These EL-Vs will be provided with special tracking equipment that records speed, potential delays and the way of moving to the city. The testing of these vehicles will start in the last semester of 2018.

Trikala is one of six European cities participating in the ELVITEN project aiming to achieve a mind-shift among road users by providing them with a better EL-V experience. This H2020 project seeks to facilitate electric mobility for urban travellers and delivery companies and as a consequence supports the idea of a greener urban future.

You can find a video of the workshop here:

Moving around Trikala will be easier and more sustainable in the near future. After having implemented Greek’s first self-driving bus (CityMobile2) Trikala continues promoting smart mobility by including EL-Vs in the everyday transport network. On 19 September 2018, in the context of the European Mobility Week 2018, the City of Trikala demonstrated two Electric Light Vehicles […]

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.

New Electric Vehicles for the “Smart city” of Trikala

On 19 September 2018, Mr Demetris Papastergiou, the mayor of the city of Trikala presented two new electric vehicles to the public. These vehicles will be in circulation from the 1 October on. Trikala is one of six cities participating in the ELVITEN project and was the first one in Greece to implement a self-driving bus (CityMobile2), which makes Trikala a pioneer in the everyday use of electric vehicles.

“Electric vehicles are required to show that they have begun to mature and to provide solutions to a city’s everyday life”, Papastergiou said. Indeed, these vehicles “can help to move more smoothly, cleaner and faster in cases of transport, delivery and public needs”, he continued. Nevertheless, the electric vehicles are still equipped with tracking and recording material that register the speed, location, delay and their way of moving around the city.

In addition to the two electric vehicles acquired by the municipality of Trikala, Gorgolis SA donated another light-duty electric vehicle which will be used exclusively for the cleaning of the city. With these actions, Trikala approaches the goal of the ELVITEN project and underlines the importance of exploring new ways of sustainable mobility in urban areas.

The ELVITEN project is proud of having Trikala as one of its pilot cities given that Trikala is Greece’s first “smart city” and has been developing a large number of initiatives for sustainable mobility over the last years.

On 19 September 2018, Mr Demetris Papastergiou, the mayor of the city of Trikala presented two new electric vehicles to the public. These vehicles will be in circulation from the 1 October on. Trikala is one of six cities participating in the ELVITEN project and was the first one in Greece to implement a self-driving […]

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 […]