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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.

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.

 

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.

Would you like to know more about the activities? Click on the city of your interest.

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 […]