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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 at ERTICO Academy webinar on micro-mobility

On 15 July 2020 ERTICO-ITS Europe organised an online webinar on “Micro -mobility: Now the safe alternative?” where partners DEKRA, the City of Trikala and Ubiwhere participated and discussed about considerations related to safety, use of data, data sharing and city planning related to micro-mobility.

“Particularly in the current climate, micro-mobility is regarded as a safe alternative to overcrowding on public transport, but we need to look beyond just the social distancing guidelines and consider safety related to the existing city infrastructure, regulations and the micro-mobility devices that are being used. Road safety has long been a priority for ERTICO and we are currently working with our Partners to make sure that micro-mobility is truly a safe alternative in all aspects.”, said ERTICO Director of Research & Innovation, Dr. Johanna Tzanidaki.

During the webinar Mr Odisseas Raptis, CEO of e-Trikala (and ELVITEN project partner) spoke on the safety, which is one of the challenges that many cities are faced with when it comes to micro-mobility. Mr. Raptis later introduced ELVITEN to the participants during the presentation on R&D activities in the city of Trikala and how the light electric vehicles are helping the city. Mr Raptis expanded on other challenges of mirco-mobility like user acceptance, market uptake, institutional framework, shared data, and infrastructures and governance.

“By operating small electric vehicles in Trikala and thanks to European-funded projects, we are testing the reactions of the users and negotiating with the Government how we can facilitate all these new technologies. Thanks to micro-mobility solutions we can reduce transport emissions and work towards declaring Trikala a zero emission city in the future.” said Odisseas Raptis.

The webinar on micro-mobility was a chance to collect real-case stories, share challenges and successes and set the ground to move forward towards a complete, safe and efficient mobility ecosystem in cities in the near future.

You can view the webinar recording below and to read the full article by ERTICO, click here.

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On 15 July 2020 ERTICO-ITS Europe organised an online webinar on “Micro -mobility: Now the safe alternative?” where partners DEKRA, the City of Trikala and Ubiwhere participated and discussed about considerations related to safety, use of data, data sharing and city planning related to micro-mobility. “Particularly in the current climate, micro-mobility is regarded as a safe alternative to overcrowding […]

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.

Enjoy the reading!

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 in Trikala on World Environment Day

The World Environment Day on 5 June 2020 was celebrated in Trikala, with a message for the environment. The visit of the Deputy Minister of Digital Governance – George Georgantas to Trikala, on the issue of KEPLUS, gave the opportunity to be informed about actions in the electric drive already implemented by the Municipality of Trikala and e-trikala SA. The Mayor and President of KEDE, Dimitris Papastergiou informed Mr. Georgantas about the ELVITEN project implemented in Trikala. In Trikala, three-wheeled and two-wheeled vehicles were selected, some of which are used by e-trikala, while some were given for use by courier companies. The presentation coincided with the announcement of measures by the government for electrification.

Click here to read the full press release (available in Greek).

The World Environment Day on 5 June 2020 was celebrated in Trikala, with a message for the environment. The visit of the Deputy Minister of Digital Governance – George Georgantas to Trikala, on the issue of KEPLUS, gave the opportunity to be informed about actions in the electric drive already implemented by the Municipality of […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – e-Trikala

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which George Gorgogetas from e-Trikala SA shares their role and contribution to the project implementation, and views on urban mobility.

Enjoy the reading!

A short introduction of your organisation.

e-Trikala SA consists a Development Company of the Municipality of Trikala which was established in March 2008, while the ICT activity officially begins at 2004 with the operation of the Information Society Office of the Directorate of the Municipality of Trikala. E-Trikala established the first free WiFi network in the city of Trikala and undertook most of the Municipality’s ICT projects and activities. It also started running and participating in new projects, on a national and European level and covering multiple areas of interest such as e-health, wireless networking, fiber optics, mobility, intelligent transportation.

Finally, e-Trikala is a leading partner in a network of ten large cities in Central Greece, called “Digital Cities SA”, which all apply whenever applicable the methods of any successful project/initiative. The dissemination of best practices is one feasible outcome of this networking. The catchment population of these capital cities may reach 1 million citizens, nearly one tenth of Greek population.

What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

My main responsibility has been the Project’s management and the demonstrations in Trikala, organizing the events, dissemination activities, vehicle and user management, definition of vehicle usage schemes.

What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

I was already interested in electric vehicles, their eco-friendly approach and usage of new technologies, so I was quite excited to see that Trikala would be part of such a project. It gave me a change to try them and also urge other people to use them and help in getting them known to a wider audience who in other circumstances, would have never tried them.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

After trying the e-bikes and 4 wheelers, I would definitely want to own one. I want to contribute to less pollution in the environment, but also appreciate the ease of use that they offer. The need to move to greener energy is vital and we are at a point where the technology is more than ready for full electric vehicles to replace traditional ones.

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

In small cities like Trikala, where everyday distances that people travel are not very long, I can see people gradually shifting to using EL-Vs, firstly because in the long term they will cost less as the need no petrol. Their small form factor also makes it ideal for basic city usage. Trikala is already a city where most of the population uses bikes, and so far everyone who has tried an e-bike wants to own one!

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

As prices drop and the technology in electric mobility advances, more people make the shift to electric vehicles. In combination with gas prices being much more expensive, I believe that electric vehicles will gain more and more ground, in combination with more charging stations so that people can make full long trips.

 

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which George Gorgogetas from e-Trikala SA shares their role and contribution to the project implementation, and views on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation. e-Trikala SA consists a Development Company of the Municipality of Trikala which was established […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – SEAbility

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – SEAbility, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on urban mobility.

Enjoy the reading!

A short introduction of your organisation.

SEAbility is an SME, active in the fields of intermodal Freight Transport (road, air, and sea), and logistics. By leveraging its expertise in these domains, SEAbility also has become an ICT and technology provider, offering Service oriented Architecture (SoA) solutions and consultancy services covering all areas of transportation and also fields related to environmental issues, smart mobility, energy, safety and security applications.

Currently, SEAbility is promoting the use of new technologies and the uptake of novel and disruptive trends in logistics, transport and mobility, such as cargo modularisation, cargo tracking, green transport, the Internet of Things (IoT), and deployment of telematics, communication, sensors and devices.

What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

Within ELVITEN project, SEAbility is engaged in the ICT Requirements analysis and assets inventory as well as in ICT platform tools and services integration by supporting both the ICT tools deployment and the sustainable business model identification for Trikala city. SEAbility is also providing its services in Trikala demonstration supporting data collection and user engagement.

What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

During the last decade, SEAbility is devotedly working towards the direction of reducing its environmental footprint through supporting the development of novel ICT services and tools, for facilitating the decarbonation of urban freight transport. That’s why joining ELVITEN project, was a real opportunity for Seability. It has been given not only the chance to further develop its expertise on the electromobility related ICT solutions but also to collaborate with a remarkably qualified team, united in its vision to boost electromobility with an urban, social and business added value.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

The transition to low and -even possible- zero-emission vehicles has become paramount for reaching the ambitious environmental mitigation targets, as they have been described in The European strategy for low-emission mobility. At the same time, the environmental improvement in the transport sector is considered very slow. Towards this direction, Electric Vehicles are considered as a very dynamic promising solution, while Electric-Light Vehicles are constituting a substantial segment of the wider Electric Vehicles market. Electric-Light Vehicles seem to start evolving given the technological improvements and upgrades in batteries and the increasingly higher environmental awareness and sustainability for air quality and subsequently for the quality of life. However, the acceptance of e-mobility and its penetration in our everyday lives need further examination of the individual’s mobility attitude and patterns, and that is what ELVITEN aims at.

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

Electric mobility is expected to pave the way towards a new culture of urban and mobility planning. Running alongside, ELVITEN encourages the wider use of EL-Vs, recognizing the multiple benefits (economic, social, environmental) in the urban mobility as well as the arising need of a modal shift in individual mobility and more precisely to lighter, smaller, and more environmentally friendly alternatives. The usage of EL-Vs is expected to have substantial impact on the urban environment, health, energy consumption, society, air and noise pollution and at the same time, to allow the integration of EL-Vs with other private and public modes of transport, facilitating the daily commuting and the delivery trips.

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

The future market of urban mobility considers clean, decarbonized, and cost/ time efficient transportation as a prerequisite. Electromobility along with automation, ITS and smart mobility solutions tend to create synergies towards this direction and disrupt the traditional mobility patterns. According to the European Roadmap Electrification of Road Transportthe future market penetration of EVs depends on a multitude of factors including technological developments and breakthroughs, policy support, deployment of charging infrastructure…future customer needs for mobility and their acceptance of new technologies…’. And this is what ELVITEN is working on!

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – SEAbility, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation. SEAbility is an SME, active in the fields of intermodal Freight […]

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 […]