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ELVITEN Goes Live in Trikala!

The ELVITEN registration point in Trikala is ready to welcome users!

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.

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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.