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 […]
Successful Launch Event in Berlin
Berlin celebrated its official ELVITEN pilot launch event on 16 August, to inform a broad public about ELVITEN, as well as, its pilot project “Zerofleet”.
In cooperation with the EUREF campus, a member of the Berlin regional support group, who organized free food, music, drinks and sport activities, Hubject set up an ELVITEN booth equipped with a wide range of ELVITEN merchandise and other goodies from members of the Regional Support Group and provided several eScooters from the ZeroFleet for test rides on campus.
The Berlin ELVITEN pilot called “Zerofleet” had been facing a smoothly running start-up period since the pilot launch on 2 April and a long waiting list for becoming a test driver had been in place even before the launch. While those applicants had been informed through various digital channels via social media and (campus) newsletters, Hubject wanted to make sure to have enough test users throughout the demonstration and therefore scheduled the official launch event midway through the pilot in order to enhance the pool of potential drivers for the second part of the demonstration.
This goal was achieved successfully, since many more potential users could be acquired during the event. Also, the goal of spreading the word on the ELVITEN mission was successful since not only test riders but people in general approached the booth and asked about the ELVITEN project. Since the target group were mainly employees working on the EUREF-campus, they were interested in new developments and opportunities in the mobility sector.
Berlin celebrated its official ELVITEN pilot launch event on 16 August, to inform a broad public about ELVITEN, as well as, its pilot project “Zerofleet”. In cooperation with the EUREF campus, a member of the Berlin regional support group, who organized free food, music, drinks and sport activities, Hubject set up an ELVITEN booth equipped […]
ELVITEN in Berlin: The Zerofleet
ELVITEN partner Hubject has gone live with ZeroFleet in Berlin!
Berlin is the largest city and capital of Germany with over three million residents. As a global city of culture, media, science and politics, Berlin attracts approximately twelve million visitors annually. The second most populous city in Europe after London, it is home to world-renowned universities, orchestras, museums, and entertainment venues. Its temperate climate, historical importance and lively culture makes all contributes to Berlin’s appeal.
Due to its location in a low-lying area, Berlin is mostly flat making it ideal for the use of EL-Vs. Excluding walking, 41% of all trips are made by car, van or motorcycle. Its well-developed public transportation system makes it easier to travel through the city during peak times where congestion causes traffic. 40% of the trips done in the city are by public transportation while 19% are by bicycle. With the overall populations desire to own a personal vehicle drops and the city’s vision for a climate neutral Berlin by 2050, sustainable mobility is a top priority. The aim of ELVITEN is to deploy ten eScooters in a ride-sharing scheme and raise awareness using the #LetsGoElectric campaign in order to promote more sustainable modes of transport.
The Hubject ZeroFleet is a pilot running parallelly to the other demonstrations occurring in the five other cities. The ten eScooters are being offered on a long-term sharing scheme where participants will have and use the scooter for three weeks free of charge. After applying, chosen users will receive the eScooter, a helmet, a lockable box and insurance. In return, participants are expected to fill out a 10 question questionnaire and post a minimum of three photos on social media with the tags #LetsGoElectric and #ThisIsHubject. Black boxes on the eScooters will collect data that ELVITEN will use to create guidelines for ideal business models as well as the integration of EL-Vs into urban transport systems.
ELVITEN partner Hubject has gone live with ZeroFleet in Berlin! Berlin is the largest city and capital of Germany with over three million residents. As a global city of culture, media, science and politics, Berlin attracts approximately twelve million visitors annually. The second most populous city in Europe after London, it is home to world-renowned […]
Berlin Mobility Act: Working Towards Full Sustainability
Berlins public transportation systems are considered to be one of the best in the world. The city is efficiently connected through the U-Bahn (underground or subway), the S-Bahn (light rail), buses and trams. While the U-Bahn is the most efficient way of getting around the inner city, the S-Bahn comes in handy for covering larger distances. Buses, trams and bicycles come in more useful when trying to travel shorter distances. Despite the city being very well connected, a set of wheels is often needed in order to travel to locations outside of the city centre. With most Berliners not owning a car, ride-sharing platforms have become the cheapest, most efficient and sustainable way to get around the city.
This wave of sustainable urban mobility is all due to the Berlin Mobility Act, which strives to create a balance between cars, bicycles, public transport and pedestrians. The goal is to improve the efficiency of transport mobility as a whole, support the Berlin Senate to make car traffic in Berlin climate-neutral by 2050, and eliminate the number of fatalities and seriously injured persons, also known as vision zero. Two important measures included in the act are to redesign dangerous junctions and to create safe bicycle lanes along all main roads.
Berlin is well on its way to achieving its goals. ELVITEN contributes to this vision by working closely with project partner Hubject to bring 10 e-Scooters to Berlin. Increasing shared mobility and integrating existing charging networks, ELVITEN contributes to Berlins goal of becoming more sustainable. #LetsGoElectric
Berlins public transportation systems are considered to be one of the best in the world. The city is efficiently connected through the U-Bahn (underground or subway), the S-Bahn (light rail), buses and trams. While the U-Bahn is the most efficient way of getting around the inner city, the S-Bahn comes in handy for covering larger […]
ELVITEN at ICNC 2019
The Intercharge Network Conference (ICNC) is a two day international conference on the future of mobility. It has become the global go-to event for new mobility professionals and business leaders. Now in its fifth year, the conference took place on 13 and 14 June in Berlin, one of the ELVITEN pilot cities. It attracted about 1.000 participants and included selectively invited international industry, start-ups, academia and policy representatives as well as the media.
The intercharge network, which is provided through Hubject GmbH, connects various emobility players and provides Electric Vehicle drivers with simple and customer-friendly access to charging stations throughout all of Europe. The platform is seen as a neutral and open pan-European market place that provides an ideal fertile soil for various business models and solutions. The ELVITEN project was prominently represented via a booth that was integrated into the Hubject Research and Development booth. The booth was marked by an ELVITEN dedicated backdrop and a screen that was continuously showing the recently released movie about Berlin’s pilot for ELVITEN: The ZeroFleet.
The ZeroFleet is a pilot that is running parallelly with the demonstrations occurring in the other five pilot cities. It follows the framework of ELVITEN and shares similar goals: to promote the usage of Light Electric vehicles (EL-Vs). Using the ten ZeroScooters, the Berlin pilot site collects trip data via black boxes. Data is also collected through questionnaires administered to ZeroPilots (users). The goal of ELVITEN is to analyse all the collected data from the six cities and create guidelines for ideal business models as well as their integration into urban transport systems.
The eScooters are offered as a long-term sharing scheme, which means that people can rent a scooter for free for three weeks in a row. The test driver will act like the owner of the vehicle and take it home and be responsible for charging it. This allows for the black boxes to document and collect data on realistic trips stemming from the everyday lives of different people. Via the ZeroZone Website, interested users can apply for a specific three-week-cycle. Hubject’s ZeroFleet manager then coordinates the timeslots and sends out confirmations along with instructions on when and where to pick up the scooter and how to fill out the questionnaires.
The ICNC was the perfect place to not only present the ZeroFleet but to acquire potential test users for the pilot from among the many visitors interested in “new mobility”. It also presented the perfect situation to begin discussions on the ideal ecosystems for EL-Vs and their integration into urban transport systems with global eMobility experts.
ELVITEN Partners Host 2nd City Workshop in Berlin
Berlin is one of ELVITENs six project cities participating in the testing and integration of charging networks of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs). Project partner Hubject and Regional Support Group (RSG) member eMO (the Berlin Agency for Electromobility) co-hosted the 2nd City Workshop on the 13 May.
This workshop was held for RSG members and other relevant stakeholders of the Electric Light Vehicle (ELV) industry in Berlin. Approximately sixty participants attended the workshop at the EUREF campus, another RSG member, which included an exhibition. The exhibition displayed Berlin manufacturers’ latest innovations of ELVs and allowed participants to test the vehicles before the discussions took place inside. The tech-friendly environment of the EUREF campus enabled a lively discussion before the kick-off of the event by Hubject and eMO representatives.
The event was framed around the possibilities and opportunities that can arise from the use of ELVs. Following recently announced legislation in Germany allowing e-kickscooters, there is a lot of room for innovation and growth. Questions around whether ELVs can make meaningful contributions to climate protection, provide traffic relief, and their role in commercial transport were the base of discussion during the Ninth Smart Mobility Forum, which provided the framework for the 2nd City Workshop. Opening remarks were given by Carsten Puhl, CTO at Hubject and Gernot Lobenberg, head of eMO. Following this introduction, eMO Innovation Manager Frank Panse spoke about the issues surrounding micromobility as well as the opportunities they provide for businesses and start-ups.
The ELVITEN project was introduced by Ricarda Mendy, Research & Development (R&D) Project Coordinator at Hubject. The data collected from the operation of electric scooter fleets in the six European pilot cities allows for the evaluation of optimisation of fleet management. Mendy also spoke to stakeholders about ELVITEN Berlin’s demo pilot, ZeroFleet by Hubject, which serves to collect trip data via blackboxes and questionnaires. Other highlights include Best Practices presented in short lecture series. Also noteworthy are presentations given by Richard Damm, Head of Division at the Federal Ministry of Transport, and other panellists who enabled lively discussions. Concluding discussions raised the questions about what makes business models in the PLEV/LEV sector successful. These workshops are integral to the mission of ELVITEN to continue open discussions between all relevant stakeholders involved in the future of mobility.
The goal of ELVITEN is to not only demonstrate the usefulness of EL-Vs in the six European pilot cities but to integrate the existing charging stations into a wide platform available for users. Through incentivising the use of EL-V’s for regular and occasional urban travellers, ELVITEN is committed to the future of sustainable transportation and a greener urban future.
Stakeholders in Berlin Regional Support Group Ready
Berlin, the German capital, is one of the six ELVITEN pilot sites. Boasting 3.5 million inhabitants with multiple electric car sharing companies throughout the city, ELVITEN provides free testing and integration of charging networks. Berlin is also one of the pilot sites that will begin the testing of 10 electric scooters as of April 2019.
ELVITEN is happy to announce that the Regional Support Group (RSG) of Berlin has been put together and the agreements have been signed. This constitutes a major step towards the objective of the project which is encouraging the urban population and fleet operators to incorporating Electric Light Vehicles into their daily lives and consequently make their use more popular.
We are happy to welcome the following partners to the RSG of Berlin:
Our partners are all committed to making the future more sustainable. Here is a quick look at how:
- Forschungscampus (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) promotes education and research as the foundation for the future providing the basis for leading an autonomous and responsible life within industry and society.
- RYDIES- urban micro-mobility solutions provides a platform and business-to-business (B2B) marketplace to link mobility service providers to their customers.
- Yoove is an agency with mobility and sustainable at its core.
- ZIV: Zweirad-Industrie-Verbrand is a national representation of interests and the service provider of the German and international bicycle, e-bike, component and accessory industry. Initiatives such as ProFahrrad promoting cyclists and cycling.
- eBee: smart technologies provides affordable and easily accessible public charging stations that synergise with city infrastructure.
- eMO: Berlin agency for electromobility brings together experts in business, politics, science and administration while supporting the initiation, execution and marketing of regional, national and international innovation of projects in the field of smart mobility.
- EUREF Campus Berlin hosts currently 3,500 people working, researching & learning in more than 150 companies, institutions and startups around the topic of energy, mobility and sustainability.
- LEVCON (Light Electric Vehicle Configurator) is a Berlin based company developing and selling EVs for business and private purposes with a focus on customized solutions in order to support dynamic processes in production and logistics.
The RSG serves a multitude of purposes. Members engage actors outside of the ELVITEN project consortium such as companies, authorities and associations that will support the demonstrations. This may consist of fleet operators, charging point operators, electric vehicle manufacturers, road infrastructure operators, public authorities, service providers and other organisations that are involved or interested in electromobility. This includes research organisations, academics and the media. On the other hand, all members of the RSG provide valuable feedback regarding varying aspects of dissemination in order to help clarify and understand market needs and expectations. They are also an invaluable asset in the circulation of project achievements and ensuring the visibility of the ELVITEN project.
The members of the RSG benefit from visibility through events and as active participants in the ELVITEN project. Furthermore, members will be informed about all project developments and invited to meetings & workshops with the opportunity to participate in discussions concerning the organisation of the demonstrations.