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2nd City Workshop in Rome

On 27 November 2019, ELVITEN city partner – Rome held its second city workshop in the IX EUR City Hall of Rome organised by the dedicated Municipality. Municipality representatives of the workshop included the Capitoline councilor Linda Meleo (responsible for infrastructure), the municipal councilor Alessandro Drago (responsible for Mobility, Suburbs, Community Programs, Simple Rome) and the technical director of the Municipality Giacomo Guastella.

The main topic of the ELVITEN workshop was the long-term sharing of electric bikes. It presented technical aspects, objectives and expectations of the project with a special focus on travel data in Rome, but also of the other pilot cities. During the workshop, an interactive debate with public representatives took place, introducing the possibility of creating soft mobility corridors or routes dedicated to electric vehicles (max. 30 km/h). These corridors aim at improving the infrastructure, optimising the sharing processes and encouraging electric mobility.

The electric vehicles in Rome are registered as two-wheel mopeds and therefore require the use of helmet and a driver’s license. They are usually used for home-work trips, professional or personal purposes throughout the territory of Rome. The 60 bikes are free of charge and target employees of public bodies and private companies based in Rome.

A short video summarising the 2nd workshop in Rome is available (in Italian) on ELVITEN YouTube channel.

A press report (in Italian) of the Rome Municipality.

On 27 November 2019, ELVITEN city partner – Rome held its second city workshop in the IX EUR City Hall of Rome organised by the dedicated Municipality. Municipality representatives of the workshop included the Capitoline councilor Linda Meleo (responsible for infrastructure), the municipal councilor Alessandro Drago (responsible for Mobility, Suburbs, Community Programs, Simple Rome) and […]

Genova Smart Week 2019

The Genova Smart Week 2019 took place from 25 to 30 November 2019 offering events, meetings and initiatives dedicated to the Smart City and the Circular Economy, promoted by the Genoa Smart City Association and the Municipality of Genoa. The goal of the 5th edition was to present the best practices of companies and institutions and to analyse the patterns of development of the smart city.

Six days full of conferences, exhibitions, workshops and technical meetings for operators and test drives on electric vehicles in the heart of the city. ELVITEN project partner in Genoa – Duferco Energia showcased to visitors ELVITEN’s electric vehicles’ features, replied to a lot of questions and curiosities on E-mobility and described the project’s opportunities for consumers. Overall, the one-week event was successful at familiarizing citizens, users, industry and local politicians with future practices in the mobility sector.

ELVITEN project partner Duferco Energia SpA is a Duferco Group company operating in the Italian energy market. Created to manage the Group’s investments in renewable production plants, it subsequently focused on the marketing of electricity and gas for all market segments.

The Genova Smart Week 2019 took place from 25 to 30 November 2019 offering events, meetings and initiatives dedicated to the Smart City and the Circular Economy, promoted by the Genoa Smart City Association and the Municipality of Genoa. The goal of the 5th edition was to present the best practices of companies and institutions […]

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 […]

Second ELVITEN city workshop in Trikala

ELVITEN project partner in Trikala organised on 26 October 2019, the 2nd city workshop. The local event took place at the GiSeMi Innovation Hub in Trikala. The attendees of the event (around 30 participants) were encouraged to take a ride in one of 4-wheeler Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) which are provided for project demonstrations in Trikala.

Mr Odisseas Raptis (CEO of e-trikala S.A.), kicked off the workshop by welcoming the participants. He presented the ELVITEN project in detail, the original idea behind the project (why EL-Vs are not well known and used) and how the ELVITEN project acts as a solution to this challenge. Mr Charis Kalliaras (Special Advisor to the Mayor) held a presentation about the usage of EL-Vs for building sustainable urban mobility. He talked about the example from Trikala regarding the state of LVs/ELVs, how to improve the potential of use of ELVs and how ELVITEN is acting in this regard.

Mr George Gorgogetas (e-trikala) talked about the challenges regarding the project in Trikala so far, the demonstration status and the users. He pointed out that many people were acquainted with use of EL-Vs for the first time through ELVITEN. He also stressed that ELVITEN users enjoy riding these vehicles and their usage can have a positive impact in the city center that is often congested by regular cars. A number of e-bikes were provided at the event premises for participants during a coffee break. Mr Vasilis Apostolakoulis (e-trikala) presented ELVITEN users’ opinions and their problems such as: vehicles battery issues and their limited mirror view of the road on the sides.

Q&A session concluded the 2nd city workshop in Trikala, with topics such vehicles’ safety, city infrastructure, charging points and future sustainability of the ELVITEN project and EL-Vs.

ELVITEN project partner in Trikala organised on 26 October 2019, the 2nd city workshop. The local event took place at the GiSeMi Innovation Hub in Trikala. The attendees of the event (around 30 participants) were encouraged to take a ride in one of 4-wheeler Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) which are provided for project demonstrations in […]

ELVITEN is live in the Eternal City!

The Comune di Roma and S3Transportation have teamed up to bring ELVITEN to the Eternal City!

The city of Rome is located in the central-western part of Italy and is the capital of Italy and of the Lazio region. It is the most populous city in Italy (with over 4 million residents) and the 4th most populous city in the European Union. Rome is one of the oldest and continuously occupied sites in Europe. Known as the Eternal City, it is a cosmopolitan of globally influential historical, cultural and archaeological heritage.

The municipality of Rome is administered over XV (15) Districts. District IX (located in the South of Rome) will be the location of the ELVITEN demonstrations. Sixty-four percent of the territory of the city is covered in hills, with seventy percent of District IX covered in hills (forty percent slightly highly, thirty percent very hilly). Sixty-eight percent of the city is covered in green areas. Public transportation in Rome consists of bus, metro, railways and trams. Despite limited parking for private transportation, public transportation performs poorly in comparison. During peak times during the week, passengers wait an average of 32 minutes for the bus and 10 to 15 for the metro and tram (respectively). The city also limits the amount of traffic in their four Limited Traffic Zones (LTZ). These zones are only accessible through permit and the cost varies depending on the proximity to the city centre and the type of engine.

The Municipality of Rome is promoting electric mobility via free access to the LTZ and deploying a wide network of charging stations. At the moment there are 118 with an expected increase to 300 in the near future. ELVITEN brings 60 eBikes to District IX to promote integrated and sustainable mobility. There will be 8 e-Hubs located in the IX Town Hall, which are innovative charging stations that also allow parking of the eBikes. There are some stands located near the Eur Laurentina and 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 booking of the eBikes are done through the ELVITEN app, which provides free testing of the EL-Vs with approved and registered helmets and license. In Rome, ELVITEN targets owners, sharers and delivers.

Stay tuned for more details about ELVITEN in Rome!

The Comune di Roma and S3Transportation have teamed up to bring ELVITEN to the Eternal City! The city of Rome is located in the central-western part of Italy and is the capital of Italy and of the Lazio region. It is the most populous city in Italy (with over 4 million residents) and the 4th […]

ELVITEN is in Genoa!

Comune di Genova and Duferco Energia have teamed up to bring ELVITEN to the city of Genoa!

The coastal city of Genoa is located in a narrow stretch between the Apennines mountains and the Ligurian sea. Due to its historical past, impressive landmarks and being the busiest port in Italy (and twelfth busiest in the European Union), Genoa has been nicknamed La Superba, or “the proud one”.

The Metropolitan city of Genoa can be characterised completely as hilly with narrow flats near the rivers or brooks, and has been considered coastal mountains. As the sixth-largest city Italy, it is home to over 850,000 residents, with 50% of the urban population concentrated in the city center. It is among the most green cities in Italy and offers its citizens very good public transportation through buses and the underground. The city has LTZ (Limited Traffic Zones) which discourages the use of vehicles. The municipality has also incentivised citizens in the past to purchase bicycles or electric motorcycles. The Comune di Genoa has teamed up with Duferco Energia to bring 10 Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) for shared use.

Citizens interested in testing out of the EL-Vs can download the Duferco Energia app and register for ELVITEN through the app. Upon registration, users can then login to their ELVITEN account and fill out a background questionnaire regarding their mobility habits which grants them access to the ELVITEN network.Users can also access the ELVITEN unifying app using their ELVITEN credentials, for incentives and a better EL-V experience. Once an ELVITEN EL-V is booked, users gain access to the eTricycle and the various charging points located around the city.

Watch the video on our Youtube channel to find out how you can test an ELVITEN EL-V in Genoa!

Comune di Genova and Duferco Energia have teamed up to bring ELVITEN to the city of Genoa! The coastal city of Genoa is located in a narrow stretch between the Apennines mountains and the Ligurian sea. Due to its historical past, impressive landmarks and being the busiest port in Italy (and twelfth busiest in the European […]

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 […]

Málaga: ELVITEN Press Conference

On 7 August, the mayor of Málaga Francisco de la Torre accompanied by City Councillors of Tourism and Innovation, Rosa Sanchez and Susana Carillo, presented ELVITEN during a press conference. The Rad Power Bikes will be utilised by residents of Málaga to promote sustainable mobility in the city.

The city of Málaga participates in ELVITEN through project partner Promálaga. For a year, more 250 users will test the forty e-bikes over the period of two months. During the year long demonstrations, the e-Bikes will be collecting data via black boxes. ELVITEN will gather data regarding the trajectory of trips taken, frequency of use, user opinions, ratings and issues encountered by users. This information will be used to create a strategy for implementing EL-Vs in other European cities.

The e-Bikes are given to selected users with a helmet and a security lock for them to use for a period of two months. In order to qualify, citizens must be 18 years or older, with a valid drivers license and a secure place to store the e-Bike. Once the user is selected, they must make a 100 euro deposit that will be returned at the end of the trial period. As there are 15 e-hubs installed in the parking lot of the Tabacalera, the principle users are workers who work close to the complex. There have been 285 submitted user applications to date. Thirty-seven bikes have already been utilised and a total of 942 trips have been registered. The applications are still open and all interested users are welcomed to apply for the opportunity to receive an e-Bike. For more information, visit the Promálaga website.

 

 

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.

Watch the video on The ZeroFleet to learn more about the pilot and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our newsletter!

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 […]