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ELVITEN at the FIA Smart Cities Forum hosted in Rome

On 12 April 2019, Rome hosted the third season of the FIA Smart Cities Forum. A series of high-level conferences, the Forum gathers a variety of stakeholders to discuss how private and public actors can lead the new mobility transition. The theme of this year’s event was “Innovation in the Eternal City” and was held at the E-Motion Pavilion, Formula E circuit. Appearances were made by Andrew McKellar (Secretary General for Automobile Mobility and Tourism, FIA) Alejandro Agag (CEO Formula E Holdings), and Virginia Raggi (Mayor of Rome).

In honour of the first-ever Formula E race in Rome, leaders in Development and Sustainability gathered together to share their insights regarding the future of urban mobility in rapidly growing cities. Among the topics that were discussed concerning the current challenges cities face in the field of urban mobility were congestion, pollution, lack of mobility choices and poor safety measures.

The ELVITEN project was presented by the Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi along with Linda Meleo, the Councillor for Transport Policies, Dario D’Innocenti, the president of the IX Municipio & Alessandro Drago, the municipal councilor for Mobility. Rome, as a pilot city, will be the site of experimentation of e-bike sharing in the promotion of integrated and sustainable mobility. There were demonstrations using one of the 78 electric bicycles that will be available. There will be 8 e-Hubs located in the IX Town Hall, which are innovative charging stations that will also allow parking of the bicycle that can be booked through the App. There will also be other stands located near the Eur Laurentina & Eur Magliana metro stations, along with other strategic areas of the IX Municipality (such as Via di Acqua Acetosa Ostiene, Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa or Adrea Meldola, Fonte Meravigliosa). The bikes will be available for more than a year, providing an ecological and functional vehicle for rapid travel.

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 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 […]

Stakeholders workshop in Rome

With the aim of presenting ELVITEN to stakeholders and potential supporters in the city of Rome, the Municipality IX of Rome, one of the 21 project partners, hosted the third ELVITEN workshop on the 17 April 2018.

During the first semester of 2018, the ELVITEN project hold a series of public workshops at the six pilot sites, namely, Bari, Rome, Trikala, Malaga, Genoa and Berlin. The activities targeted specific public interested in electromobility and local authorities who provided inputs on the implementation of the ELVITEN mobility scheme in the mentioned cities.

The event that took place at the Sala Protomoteca, the main Hall of the Rome Municipality, had a significant participation; around 100 high-level stakeholders actively joined the meeting.

The full-day activity gathered mobility managers, representatives of firms working in the sharing mobility and e-mobility, regional and national authorities, professionals and sectorial associations. Key Italian personalities also attended the event, such as the City Councillor to Mobility and the President of the Municipality IX, Dario D’innocenti. This latter opened the event, underlying the importance of ELVITEN to the city of Rome.

Moreover, some of the ELVITEN project partners also contributed to the workshop, which was the case of Italian ICT company T-Bridge, S3T based in London and who oversees the innovation strategies of new EL-Vs businesses, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and KYBURZ, the swiss EL-Vs manufacturing company that will provide some of the vehicles for the project testing.

The event was the perfect opportunity to debate about some of the challenges of ELVITEN in Rome, especially when talking about the deployment of EL-Vs in large cities such as the Italian capital.

The discussion went from issues such as the necessity of building new infrastructure, for instance, bike lines to the need of involving potential users from public bodies and private firms. In addition, participants expressed some concerns regarding the continuation of the ELVITEN scheme and the importance of implementing a more efficient business model to support the viability of the e-bike sharing in Rome beyond the end of the project.

With the aim of presenting ELVITEN to stakeholders and potential supporters in the city of Rome, the Municipality IX of Rome, one of the 21 project partners, hosted the third ELVITEN workshop on the 17 April 2018. During the first semester of 2018, the ELVITEN project hold a series of public workshops at the six pilot sites, […]