Use of Electric Light Vehicles allowed in Germany
Following European legislation, Germany finally regulates the use of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs) nationwide. The new law, which will go into effect latest by early 2019, will open new possibilities for both rental services and manufacturers. Additionally, it will gather all EL-Vs (kick scooters and mono-wheelers) in one category.
The German Ministry of Transport precises that the legislation will foresee a maximum speed of 20 km/h unless the driver is wearing a helmet. Furthermore, small electric vehicles will be subject to compulsory insurance and the electric motor power will be limited to 500 watts, except for self-balancing vehicles. The Ministry further precises that the EL-V needs to be roadworthy, which means that it must be able to brake, be controllable and very probably needs a lighting system. Last but not least, EL-Vs must use the “existing cycle path structures or cycle lanes”.
This is good news for users, manufacturers and service oriented companies. The new law will enable similar sharing concepts (such as Bird or Lime) that have emerged in several cities around the world over the last years. Nevertheless manufacturers of EL-Vs criticise some of the steps made by the German Ministry of Transport, such as the need for compulsory insurance.
Following European legislation, Germany finally regulates the use of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs) nationwide. The new law, which will go into effect latest by early 2019, will open new possibilities for both rental services and manufacturers. Additionally, it will gather all EL-Vs (kick scooters and mono-wheelers) in one category. The German Ministry of Transport precises that the […]
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.
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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 […]
ELVITEN at the Interchange Network Conference 2018
The Interchange Network Conference (ICNC) 2018 that took place at the ELVITEN city, Berlin, on the 7-8 June was a unique opportunity to present the project to relevant local stakeholders and professionals in the field of electromobility and smart cities.
The event was organised by ELVITEN project partner, Hubject, which is in charge of coordinating the deployment of ELVITEN in Germany’s capital city. Although the ELVITEN activity had a different format than the other project workshops, it achieved to attract considerable attention from the participants of the Conference, especially from stakeholders involved in the EV charger infrastructure and innovative mobility solutions in Berlin.
The dedicated ELVITEN stand was placed in a key location of the exhibition area where communication material such as the ELVITEN video, the project leaflets, roll-up, and some branded giveaways were displayed. Sonja Pajkovska and Ricarda Mendy from Hubject were at the booth during the two days Conference welcoming attendees and providing further information about ELVITEN.
Besides, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which oversees the dissemination of ELVITEN, was also present establishing contacts with stakeholders who could potentially join the project Regional Groups and support the demonstrations of EL-Vs in Berlin that is scheduled for April 2019.
The Interchange Network Conference (ICNC) 2018 that took place at the ELVITEN city, Berlin, on the 7-8 June was a unique opportunity to present the project to relevant local stakeholders and professionals in the field of electromobility and smart cities. The event was organised by ELVITEN project partner, Hubject, which is in charge of coordinating the […]
Travel on Cities Survey Launch
As part of the Project preparatory studies, ELVITEN has launched its Survey on Travel in Cities that entails 26 questions on users’ commuting and urban transport preferences.
The aim of the Survey is to collect information about Light Electric Vehicles (EL-Vs) usage and users’ mobility patterns and it targets specifically urban users in the project demonstration cities: Rome, Berlin, Bari, Malaga, Genoa and Trikala. Nevertheless, the Survey has been designed to be answered by citizens living in any European city since the learnings from the Project are looking to be implemented in 50 further cities in Europe.
The answering of the questionnaire is expected to last 10 minutes and it is entirely anonymous. The Survey has been made available in English, Spanish, German, Italian and Greek and was open until 12.02.2018.
ELVITEN Kick-off meeting
On 21-22 November 2017, ELVITEN Consortium gathered in Athens to kick off the ELVITEN project.
During the two-day meeting, the 21 European partners addressed the current challenges of urban mobility.
All involved parties had the chance to discuss the actions needed to increase direct user experience and raise public awareness about Light Electric Vehicles (EL-Vs). Together with research and IT institutes, academics and city local authorities, ELVITEN will support services, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and policies to boost the use, ownership and sharing by private citizens and professionals of electric light vehicles.