Results from road transport research on new mobility
On 4 and 5 December 2019, ELVITEN joined the 3rd edition of the European conference ‘Results from road transport research in Horizon 2020 projects’, organised by the European Commission, ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) in Brussels.
Dr. Evangelia Portouli, Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS) presented the ELVITEN results at the conference.
The conference explored the results of transport research in various areas such as green vehicles, safety and automated road transport. Projects funded by Horizon 2020 presented what they have discovered, how they tackled the hurdles and resolved them and what are the next research steps in the fields covered by their activities.
The session ‘New mobility paradigm, new vehicles, how could the mobility of tomorrow look like?’ featured five H2020 projects: ELVITEN, MoTiV, STARS, STEVE and WEEVIL.
After each session, a dedicated Q&A session raised interesting discussions and conclusions on ELVITEN developments:
- In Rome, users are not aware of the scooter’s functionalities and do not know that a driver’s license and a helmet is required for the usage.
- Users of scooters/e-bikes and three-wheelers tend to be younger, while 4-wheelers rather represent retired people.
- The collected data implies that scooters/e-bikes and three-wheelers are better for sharing, 4 wheelers seem to more efficient in being owned.
- Collecting data on shared e-mobility services is not hindering customers from using them. However, in general, private users (owners) are not keen on letting their data being collected for research purposes.
Recordings of the sessions and presentations can be found on the website.
On 4 and 5 December 2019, ELVITEN joined the 3rd edition of the European conference ‘Results from road transport research in Horizon 2020 projects’, organised by the European Commission, ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) in Brussels. Dr. Evangelia Portouli, Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS) […]
ELVITEN ICT tools and dashboard
Different ICT tools have been developed under the ELVITEN project to collect data of the usage of ELVITEN’s means of transport in each city: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. Data coming from such tools will be used later on to develop efficient business models. You can find below a short summary of all applications developed and used within the ELVITEN project.
Digital Coach app: the app is a fleet monitoring tool sending location and telemetry data to the data warehouse to create a detailed driving analysis. Moreover, a summary of trip and weather is created and transmitted. This app is used in every project city.
Booking App: this app collects booking messages regarding vehicles, charging points and parking spaces. It is currently used in Trikala, Malaga and Bari.
Serious Game App: this app combines elements of fun and entertainment for users of EL-Vs in project cities, providing riders with useful information about the project, the benefits of the use of EL-Vs and touristic or interesting places in the city. It is currently used in Trikala, Malaga and Bari and will be soon available in Rome.
Smart App: this app is an end-user application that allows an ELVITEN user to interact with the incentive system and fill in questionnaires. It is used in Trikala, Malaga, Bari, Genoa and Rome.
D-Mobility app: the app offers charging services to Duferco Energia e-mobility customers. It is only used in Genoa.
There is also a new tool on the ELVITEN website – dashboard, which provides up to date information (updated every 24 hours) regarding EL-Vs usage in all six European pilot cities. The data being provided on the website comes among other sources from the black boxes fixed on the ELVITEN EL-Vs. Find the dashboard here and check how each city is performing.
Check the ELVITEN YouTube channel with videos demonstrating different tools used in ELVITEN cities.
Different ICT tools have been developed under the ELVITEN project to collect data of the usage of ELVITEN’s means of transport in each city: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. Data coming from such tools will be used later on to develop efficient business models. You can find below a short summary of all […]
ELVITEN 5th General Assembly in Zurich
On 30 and 31 October 2019 the ELVITEN project 5th General Assembly and Steering Committee meetings were held in Zurich. The consortium partners met to discuss the status of the ELVITEN project and future plans for the last year of the H2020 funded project. The meeting was hosted by ELVITEN’s partner KYBURZ Switzerland AG which is providing the electric light vehicles for the project demonstrations in Genoa and Trikala.
The General Assembly was opened by ELVITEN’s coordinator – Dr. Angelos Amditis who highlighted the most important phase of collecting the data provided by ELVITEN ELVs users, trips, dashboard and ICT tools. During the assembly project partners discussed ELVITEN’s progress status within the last months with a special focus on ongoing demonstrations in project cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. As part of the GA meeting in Zurich project partners participated in KYBURZ Switzerland AG company visit with a few tour options e.g. production and supply chain management; second life vehicle, lithium battery recycling, service, research & development.
So far, some tangible achievements within the project have been made. The daily collected data coming from ELVITEN’s trips, users experience and supporting ICT tools in each city are publicly available via dashboard on ELVITEN website . All the project cities offer a short or long term use of ELVs for registrered users and demonstrations will continue till April 2020. Project partners from Berlin and Trikala have already organised the second city workshops. The remaining city partners will follow with such workshops by the end of November. The main goal of organising 2nd city workshop is to single out the criticalities and the difficulties for improving the attractiveness of the demonstrated ELV services, tools and incentives. Furthermore, the ELVITEN project has entered the next phase of analysing the gathered data and it moves further to create the aimed business models plans to boost the potential for the market uptake of EL-Vs, as well as to create an exploitation strategy and innovation management plan. Moreover, the number of Regional Support Groups members have increased and reached already 70 supporters.
The ELVITEN project promotes innovation, sustainability and connected urban mobility in Europe through demonstrating the usefulness of electrified L-category vehicles for urban transportation.
On 30 and 31 October 2019 the ELVITEN project 5th General Assembly and Steering Committee meetings were held in Zurich. The consortium partners met to discuss the status of the ELVITEN project and future plans for the last year of the H2020 funded project. The meeting was hosted by ELVITEN’s partner KYBURZ Switzerland AG which […]
Second ELVITEN city workshop in Trikala
ELVITEN project partner in Trikala organised on 26 October 2019, the 2nd city workshop. The local event took place at the GiSeMi Innovation Hub in Trikala. The attendees of the event (around 30 participants) were encouraged to take a ride in one of 4-wheeler Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) which are provided for project demonstrations in Trikala.
Mr Odisseas Raptis (CEO of e-trikala S.A.), kicked off the workshop by welcoming the participants. He presented the ELVITEN project in detail, the original idea behind the project (why EL-Vs are not well known and used) and how the ELVITEN project acts as a solution to this challenge. Mr Charis Kalliaras (Special Advisor to the Mayor) held a presentation about the usage of EL-Vs for building sustainable urban mobility. He talked about the example from Trikala regarding the state of LVs/ELVs, how to improve the potential of use of ELVs and how ELVITEN is acting in this regard.
Mr George Gorgogetas (e-trikala) talked about the challenges regarding the project in Trikala so far, the demonstration status and the users. He pointed out that many people were acquainted with use of EL-Vs for the first time through ELVITEN. He also stressed that ELVITEN users enjoy riding these vehicles and their usage can have a positive impact in the city center that is often congested by regular cars. A number of e-bikes were provided at the event premises for participants during a coffee break. Mr Vasilis Apostolakoulis (e-trikala) presented ELVITEN users’ opinions and their problems such as: vehicles battery issues and their limited mirror view of the road on the sides.
Q&A session concluded the 2nd city workshop in Trikala, with topics such vehicles’ safety, city infrastructure, charging points and future sustainability of the ELVITEN project and EL-Vs.
ELVITEN project partner in Trikala organised on 26 October 2019, the 2nd city workshop. The local event took place at the GiSeMi Innovation Hub in Trikala. The attendees of the event (around 30 participants) were encouraged to take a ride in one of 4-wheeler Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) which are provided for project demonstrations in […]
ELVITEN at the 1st Restart mAI City Plug & Play Conference
In ELVITEN’s project city Trikala, the 1st Restart mAI City Plug & Play Conference took place on 26-28 September. The conference aims to familiarise all Greek Municipal Authorities with existing policies which affect the country’s mobility and with easy, functional and technological solutions. More than 400 employees from all over the country were expected to participate at the networking event in order to create friendly, functional, safe and smart cities in compliance with the EU Urban Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
On the first two days, policies and initiatives were discussed by the participants, focusing on a national and EU level such as mobility and sustainability in smart cities and the role of technology. The third day consisted of presentations and discussions on a local level, where the Municipality of Trikala had the opportunity to demonstrate its applied programmes and solutions such as Smart Trikala, MEA and Activage.
ELVITEN was presented at the conference at the exhibition as a joint stand with ICT4CART represented by the ELVITEN project coordinator – Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS).
In ELVITEN’s project city Trikala, the 1st Restart mAI City Plug & Play Conference took place on 26-28 September. The conference aims to familiarise all Greek Municipal Authorities with existing policies which affect the country’s mobility and with easy, functional and technological solutions. More than 400 employees from all over the country were expected to participate […]
ELVITEN Goes Live in Trikala!
The city of Trikala is situated in the Northwestern part of Thessaly, Greece. Home to around 82,000 inhabitants, the Greek city experiences warm summers and mild winters. With a historic city centre and close proximity to an important UNESCO world heritage site, Trikala is a city with a lot to offer.
Although the city does not suffer from severe congestion due to its medium size, it still experiences congestion during peak travel times. The main points of congestion within the city are around the three bridges that cross the river passing through the city centre. While local public transportation provide an economic option, it does not deliver last-mile solutions to the city centre. In an effort to have fewer cars in the city centre, local authorities promote green mobility and work to expand the usage of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-V’s). ELVITEN focuses on establishing a shared network 10 EL-V’s (5 e-tricycles and 5 e-quadricycles) provided by Swiss manufacturer Kyburz.
Citizens interested in testing out an EL-V can visit the ELVITEN registration point and meet with an ELVITEN Trikala operator. After checking the relevant documents, accepted users are then registered and guided through the ELVITEN app, which is used to book the EL-Vs. Once a vehicle is booked, users receive the keys from the ELVITEN Fleet Manager and pick up the vehicle from designated parking spaces. Data and trip information is collected via black boxes which will be used by ELVITEN to analyse and propose guidelines for integration into the transport system.
ELVITEN has began operating in Trikala since February of this year and open to the public since April. Interested citizens can visit our Youtube page to learn more about how they can get involved!
e-Trikala & ELVITEN host Open Air Event
On 17 April, Trikala, ELVITEN partner e-Trikala hosted an open air event in the central square to introduce the five vehicles that will be offered for the purpose of touring, riding and simple daily tasks. Located at the Information Centre (InfoPoint), the event attracted citizens from all over the city interested in getting more informed, registering for the project and trying the vehicles.
Present at the event was the Mayor of Trikala, Dimitris Papastergiou. He gave a speech about the continuation of actions for sustainable mobility as well as the combination of green movements with green investment projects. The chairman of e-Trikala, Yannis Kotoulas, spoke about the essence of the program, namely the free movement of citizens, and the extraction of useful conclusions regarding the behaviour and benefits of electrification in cities and sustainable mobility.
Under the ELVITEN program, the testing of electric light vehicles will take place over a period of one year in Trikala along with the other five participating cities. In Trikala, there is a total of ten vehicles (five tricycles and five quadricycles) produced by KYBURZ will be tested. The tricycles EL-Vs are offered for common use to suppliers of light goods, while quadricycles are offered to citizens and visitors. The use of the vehicles are supported by booking services as well as through applications for collecting points in order to receive rewards and provide incentives for users.
The ELVITEN project (http://www.elviten-project.eu), co-funded by the European Commission through the HORIZON 2020 program, aims to promote the use of light-duty electric vehicles (EL-Vs) such as bicycles, scooters, tricycles and quadricycles, as a comfortable means of transportation in the cities. #letsgoelectric
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.
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 […]