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ELVITEN in Trikala on World Environment Day

The World Environment Day on 5 June 2020 was celebrated in Trikala, with a message for the environment. The visit of the Deputy Minister of Digital Governance – George Georgantas to Trikala, on the issue of KEPLUS, gave the opportunity to be informed about actions in the electric drive already implemented by the Municipality of Trikala and e-trikala SA. The Mayor and President of KEDE, Dimitris Papastergiou informed Mr. Georgantas about the ELVITEN project implemented in Trikala. In Trikala, three-wheeled and two-wheeled vehicles were selected, some of which are used by e-trikala, while some were given for use by courier companies. The presentation coincided with the announcement of measures by the government for electrification.

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The World Environment Day on 5 June 2020 was celebrated in Trikala, with a message for the environment. The visit of the Deputy Minister of Digital Governance – George Georgantas to Trikala, on the issue of KEPLUS, gave the opportunity to be informed about actions in the electric drive already implemented by the Municipality of […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – e-Trikala

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which George Gorgogetas from e-Trikala SA shares their role and contribution to the project implementation, and views on urban mobility.

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A short introduction of your organisation.

e-Trikala SA consists a Development Company of the Municipality of Trikala which was established in March 2008, while the ICT activity officially begins at 2004 with the operation of the Information Society Office of the Directorate of the Municipality of Trikala. E-Trikala established the first free WiFi network in the city of Trikala and undertook most of the Municipality’s ICT projects and activities. It also started running and participating in new projects, on a national and European level and covering multiple areas of interest such as e-health, wireless networking, fiber optics, mobility, intelligent transportation.

Finally, e-Trikala is a leading partner in a network of ten large cities in Central Greece, called “Digital Cities SA”, which all apply whenever applicable the methods of any successful project/initiative. The dissemination of best practices is one feasible outcome of this networking. The catchment population of these capital cities may reach 1 million citizens, nearly one tenth of Greek population.

What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

My main responsibility has been the Project’s management and the demonstrations in Trikala, organizing the events, dissemination activities, vehicle and user management, definition of vehicle usage schemes.

What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

I was already interested in electric vehicles, their eco-friendly approach and usage of new technologies, so I was quite excited to see that Trikala would be part of such a project. It gave me a change to try them and also urge other people to use them and help in getting them known to a wider audience who in other circumstances, would have never tried them.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

After trying the e-bikes and 4 wheelers, I would definitely want to own one. I want to contribute to less pollution in the environment, but also appreciate the ease of use that they offer. The need to move to greener energy is vital and we are at a point where the technology is more than ready for full electric vehicles to replace traditional ones.

Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility?

In small cities like Trikala, where everyday distances that people travel are not very long, I can see people gradually shifting to using EL-Vs, firstly because in the long term they will cost less as the need no petrol. Their small form factor also makes it ideal for basic city usage. Trikala is already a city where most of the population uses bikes, and so far everyone who has tried an e-bike wants to own one!

What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?

As prices drop and the technology in electric mobility advances, more people make the shift to electric vehicles. In combination with gas prices being much more expensive, I believe that electric vehicles will gain more and more ground, in combination with more charging stations so that people can make full long trips.

 

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which George Gorgogetas from e-Trikala SA shares their role and contribution to the project implementation, and views on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation. e-Trikala SA consists a Development Company of the Municipality of Trikala which was established […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – SEAbility

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – SEAbility, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on urban mobility.

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A short introduction of your organisation.

SEAbility is an SME, active in the fields of intermodal Freight Transport (road, air, and sea), and logistics. By leveraging its expertise in these domains, SEAbility also has become an ICT and technology provider, offering Service oriented Architecture (SoA) solutions and consultancy services covering all areas of transportation and also fields related to environmental issues, smart mobility, energy, safety and security applications.

Currently, SEAbility is promoting the use of new technologies and the uptake of novel and disruptive trends in logistics, transport and mobility, such as cargo modularisation, cargo tracking, green transport, the Internet of Things (IoT), and deployment of telematics, communication, sensors and devices.

What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

Within ELVITEN project, SEAbility is engaged in the ICT Requirements analysis and assets inventory as well as in ICT platform tools and services integration by supporting both the ICT tools deployment and the sustainable business model identification for Trikala city. SEAbility is also providing its services in Trikala demonstration supporting data collection and user engagement.

What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

During the last decade, SEAbility is devotedly working towards the direction of reducing its environmental footprint through supporting the development of novel ICT services and tools, for facilitating the decarbonation of urban freight transport. That’s why joining ELVITEN project, was a real opportunity for Seability. It has been given not only the chance to further develop its expertise on the electromobility related ICT solutions but also to collaborate with a remarkably qualified team, united in its vision to boost electromobility with an urban, social and business added value.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

The transition to low and -even possible- zero-emission vehicles has become paramount for reaching the ambitious environmental mitigation targets, as they have been described in The European strategy for low-emission mobility. At the same time, the environmental improvement in the transport sector is considered very slow. Towards this direction, Electric Vehicles are considered as a very dynamic promising solution, while Electric-Light Vehicles are constituting a substantial segment of the wider Electric Vehicles market. Electric-Light Vehicles seem to start evolving given the technological improvements and upgrades in batteries and the increasingly higher environmental awareness and sustainability for air quality and subsequently for the quality of life. However, the acceptance of e-mobility and its penetration in our everyday lives need further examination of the individual’s mobility attitude and patterns, and that is what ELVITEN aims at.

Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility? 

Electric mobility is expected to pave the way towards a new culture of urban and mobility planning. Running alongside, ELVITEN encourages the wider use of EL-Vs, recognizing the multiple benefits (economic, social, environmental) in the urban mobility as well as the arising need of a modal shift in individual mobility and more precisely to lighter, smaller, and more environmentally friendly alternatives. The usage of EL-Vs is expected to have substantial impact on the urban environment, health, energy consumption, society, air and noise pollution and at the same time, to allow the integration of EL-Vs with other private and public modes of transport, facilitating the daily commuting and the delivery trips.

What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?

The future market of urban mobility considers clean, decarbonized, and cost/ time efficient transportation as a prerequisite. Electromobility along with automation, ITS and smart mobility solutions tend to create synergies towards this direction and disrupt the traditional mobility patterns. According to the European Roadmap Electrification of Road Transportthe future market penetration of EVs depends on a multitude of factors including technological developments and breakthroughs, policy support, deployment of charging infrastructure…future customer needs for mobility and their acceptance of new technologies…’. And this is what ELVITEN is working on!

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – SEAbility, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation. SEAbility is an SME, active in the fields of intermodal Freight […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – S3T

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which José F. Papí, Senior-Partner at S3Transportation, CEO at Etelätär Innovation shares their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as views on urban mobility.

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A short introduction of your organisation.

S3Transportation (Smart, Safe and Sustainable Transportation) is a consulting firm specialised in Transport Engineering & Economics and Transport Innovation. The company brings together a senior partnership active in the transportation area since 1986, and already holds 50+ references with 40+ clients in the corporate, multilateral, government and non-for-profit sectors.

Etelätär Innovation is S3Transportation’s Innovation Division and is specialised in the prototyping, piloting and market deployment of crowd-sourced mobility solutions linking data, persons, things, vehicles and infrastructures. Etelätär’s team has been assigned to work in the ELVITEN project on behalf of the S3Transportation Group.

What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

Within the ELVITEN consortium, our company has been responsible for:

  • Studying e-mobility demand in the 6 pilot cities (Rome, Berlin, Genoa, Málaga, Bari, Trikala).
  • Providing 193 L1eA e-bikes and 36 charging e-hubs to the ELVITEN cities.
  • Undertaking Big Data Analytics to monitor valuable KPIs and derive insights from the demonstrations.
  • Elaborating business and exploitation models for the market uptake of Electric Light Vehicles.

What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

Our company’s vision is that mobility based on centralised thinking is becoming obsolete and can only do little to tackle today’s mobility challenges. In our opinion, the leap forward is to allow citizens to co-create low-cost, peer-to-peer mobility networks in a spontaneous way. In short, moving from a supply-driven (top-down) to a demand-driven (bottom-up) mobility. Having invested EUR 5 million in R&D since 2015, the company already counts on a catalogue of 5 innovative solutions, runs two permanent Mobility Labs (one in Belgium and one in Spain in the framework of the University UAX-Etelätär Centre of Excellence for Collaborative Mobility) and in addition holds a strategic partnership with leading Japanese engineering company OC Global.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles (EL-Vs)?

EL-V markets are growing day by day, driven by an increase in social environmental awareness. Still very unknown for most users and often mixed with regular e-bikes that offer much less engine power and less luggage-carrying possibilities, the global EL-V market is forecasted to grow, especially in developing countries. For instance, in India 30 to 40 percent of electric scooters are expected to be electric in the next 7 or 8 years (ET Auto, 2020). Just in 2020, China has seen an increase in 513,000 public and 714,000 privately-owned charging stations, an additional 43.8 percent compared to 2019 (Renewable Energy World, 2020). But not only in developing countries but also in developed ones, EL-Vs are forecasted to become a main actor in mobility, increasing their share from 5-10% to 30% (Heineke, 2019).

Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility? 

In the post-COVID-19 scenario, users are already becoming more interested in EL-V services because of EL-Vs characteristics and the possibility of maintaining social distancing while commuting or undertaking daily trips. This trend will keep increasing services demand once restrictions are completely lifted in each urban area where ELVITEN vehicles are deployed. Not only the current situation helps the EL-V market grow but also their environmental impact, which is a big social challenge which EL-Vs can contribute to: EL-Vs have lower emissions and their CO2 emissions are decentralised. These advantages are also coupled with remarkable economic benefits, because a EL-V is cheaper than a motor vehicle and its maintenance and operation costs are also lower. This makes EL-Vs a very promising alternative to public transport and private commuting.

What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?

Electromobility is here and has come to stay. In addition, COVID-19 has increased the potential of EL-Vs markets. We are already observing:

  • An increasing demand for EL-V sharing systems;
  • That EL-Vs allows easy disinfecting as a means of individual transport;
  • That the EL-V market is growing, and exponentially in the case of developing countries; and
  • That EL-Vs are a suitable and attractive alternative to public transport and commuting.

To show our skin in the game in relation to EL-Vs, we have invested heavily in a premium electro-mobility solution targeting Office Parks, Intra-Company Network, University Campuses, Hotel & Golf Resorts, Marinas, Eco-Tourism, etc. The solution is named “Movere” and counts on several commercial deployments in several countries; the website shows its potential application to hotels.

The all-in Movere system is composed of last-generation EL-Vs, modular and secured charging stations (e-hubs), and a complete tech-pack enabling booking, fleet management and GPS- and IOT-based tracking. We have bet on this service because EL-Vs are aligned with today’s ‘political’ agendas on Smart Cities, emissions reduction and sustainable mobility. We do not want to miss the train…or we would rather say, the EL-V…

 

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which José F. Papí, Senior-Partner at S3Transportation, CEO at Etelätär Innovation shares their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as views on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation. S3Transportation (Smart, Safe and Sustainable Transportation) is […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – T Bridge

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which Simone Porru (PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering) – Functional Analyst at T Bridge, shares his role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as views on urban mobility.

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A short introduction of your organisation.

T Bridge is a consulting and ICT company driven by innovation and expertise. With over one hundred experts, T Bridge has been working on the local public transport and ICT in Italy and all over Europe, with companies, local public authorities and their technical departments. By providing consulting services on process analysis, functional design, architectural design, and integrated solutions implementation, and technical and methodological support for enterprises and government agencies, T Bridge supports its customers in devising development strategies, creating innovation processes, and building corporate culture to foster growth and generate value. To achieve its mission, T Bridge designs and implements cutting-edge strategies by integrating management consulting and ICT expertise, heavily investing in methodologies, organisational knowledge, and resources development, making them its main success key factors.

What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

In the ELVITEN project, I have been mainly working on the ICT requirements analysis, on the integration and deployment of the ICT tools for the ELVITEN mobility services, and on the coordination of software maintenance activities. As leader of the Work Package (WP) on ICT platform and tools, T Bridge coordinated the software development efforts that led to the deployment of the e-mobility applications, necessary for the success of the ELVITEN demonstrations. While I initially worked on defining the requirements, with the main objective of collecting all the data coming from different localized e-mobility services into a central platform, and then on coordinating the development of localized software solutions, I was especially involved in the development of the Incentive Smart App, which leveraged the EPPI platform devised by Softeco and Quaeryon in a previous project. Citizens showed great interest towards the incentive app, thus proving that rewarding virtuous behaviours can effectively promote interest towards electric vehicles and increase their usage.

What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

T Bridge has been committed to devising innovative solutions for urban e-mobility services since the Ele.C.Tra project, in which it was the technical coordinator. Considering our previous experience, we immediately recognized the full innovation potential behind the main concept of ELVITEN, also understanding that it represented for our company the most natural, timely continuation of our previous work in Ele.C.Tra. We joined the project with the main goal of sharing and increasing our expertise in urban e-mobility, by leveraging and building on our previous collaboration with local businesses and public administrations to give our contribution in devising unique, customized solutions for the city of Genoa and the other demonstration sites, while aiming at integrating all the localized e-mobility services to collect all the data in a single platform. From my personal point of view, I was excited by the idea of collaborating with such a large number of mobility experts, both from industry and academia, with the common goal of promoting e-mobility across Europe within different local contexts.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

I believe that light electric vehicles have a huge untapped potential, as shown by their unique advantages with respect to ICE vehicles, especially within the urban context. Each of them provides a unique driving experience, which is being more and more favourably perceived, as we get used to their presence and understand how the numerous different typologies of electric vehicles, each with its own distinctive features, can better suit specific mobility needs. In most European major cities, electric vehicles seem to blend with the atmosphere of the old city centres, providing a silent means of transport, quietly but swiftly moving through narrow streets that would easily amplify even the slightest noise, making them a better alternative to ICE vehicles. The disruptive changes triggered by the ongoing pandemic have also led to an increasing interest towards personal mobility means, a segment where electric vehicles shine.

During the ELVITEN project, we also had the chance to shed light on limiting features which, if resolved, would certainly result in greater adoption of light electric vehicles. More specifically, thanks to the drivers’ issue reports collected via the Unifying App, two key issues stood out: comfort and safety, and policies. Light electric vehicles are expected to be as comfortable as their ICE counterparts, as the European citizen is highly concerned with build quality and driving experience. On the other hand, policies can boost adoption by making the use of light electric vehicles even more cost-effective and convenient than ICE vehicles.

Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility? 

EL-Vs are reshaping the urban environment by adding variety to mobility solutions. New usage schemes are flourishing thanks to EL-Vs increasing adoption, giving the impression that citizens are more and more aware that they can optimize the cost-effectiveness and convenience of their urban trips by using the most suitable transportation vehicles and services for a specific mobility need. Last, but not least, as adoption increases, citizens are being made even more aware about the sustainability of urban movements with regard to air (and noise) pollution.

What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?

Considering the most recent disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe that the future market for urban mobility will be more favourable to environmentally-friendly and, at least in the mid-term, to personal transport vehicles. This is because individuals are increasingly aware about the advantages brought by the decrease in urban pollution triggered by lockdown measures, and the safety ensured by personal vehicles, which are more sanitization- and prevention-friendly. We must be aware that even temporary changes can trigger long-lasting changes in behaviours. Local authorities will have to consider that citizens will most probably turn to safer mobility habits, thus possibly trying to avoid overcrowded public transportation whenever possible. Innovative solutions and timely decisions will be crucial to avoid unmanageable changes in traffic patterns and to take advantage of the current situation, thus laying the foundations for a long-term virtuous cycle. Policies will need to be adjusted to fit this new scenario, and will be key to embrace the change and take this chance to make electric mobility gain momentum.

 

 

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which Simone Porru (PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering) – Functional Analyst at T Bridge, shares his role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as views on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation. T Bridge is […]

ELVITEN Interview Series – Promalaga

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – Promalaga, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on urban mobility.

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A short introduction of your organisation.

The Empresa Municipal de Iniciativas y Actividades Empresariales S.A. (Promalaga) is a local public authority in Malaga City (Spain). Their main functions amongst its ample scope of activities are the development, deployment and promotion of economic and social activities contributing to the economical, tourism, technological and social growth in the city of Malaga and its surrounding areas. They also aim to promote and develop activities to generate stable and quality jobs, with projected direct socio-economic industry of Malaga and contribute to the reform of the production model of Malaga and Spain through the support and consolidation companies that produce products and services of high value added.

As our leitmotif, we intend for this endeavour to become a hallmark of the city, where innovation and technology must be everyday processes. We can see this in the progress we have made in recent years with the University, the Technology Park, the different public administrations, and the private business by means of public-private collaboration. The city is turning into a real urban laboratory and has defined its Smart City strategy. The city boasts state of the art aviation, railway, and seaport infrastructure as well as an extensive network of roads and highways that make it a privileged location.

Its main objective is to become the main tool for helping the different economic sectors of Malaga and its surrounding areas, which will enable the new challenges posed in the context of an open economy. The technological development of their productive sectors is regarded as a key factor of growth and sustainability of their economy. Particularly, the Municipal Incubator Network has been configured as one of the main instruments that the City Council has to promote the creation and consolidation of companies, employment and support for entrepreneurs.

What is your task and responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

The activities that are carried out by Promálaga in the ELVITEN project are aimed to introducing a new and clean electric light vehicle in the city of Malaga. Thanks to the implementation of Kyburz black boxes in the vehicles, it can achieve a wide study of trip data such as locating every EL-V, collecting the speed, the number of trips and the trip duration. To attract users, regional media campaigns has been made. Promálaga has taken part in the design and development of several ELVITEN associated apps that the EL-V users can use: The Booking App for the reservation of EL-V’s charge points; Digital Coach; Smart App and ELVIGAME. The impacts in terms of environmental awareness, our actions include the traffic modelling and setting the terms of emission and energy savings. Promálaga has contribute to produce different guidelines. The manufacturers can start designing new and more attractive EL-V generations, and through public administrations and other stakeholders can raise awareness in terms of sustainability.

Promálaga is responsible of carrying out the pilot demonstration in the city of Malaga. The pilot has counted 40 L1eA vehicles and users have been selected based on their mobility habits so they could use the vehicles for two-month periods. In total, almost 200 users have passed through the pilot, and 6,000 trips have been generated.

What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

The Spanish coasts are especially sensitive to the effects of the climate change, such as the increase of the ocean temperatures, the rising of the sea level or the impacts of the coastal erosion. In recent years, there has been a great demographic increase in the Mediterranean area, by the Spanish population but also by tourists, entailing a change in the land use due to the growth of urbanizations on the coast. All of this turns the coastline into a vulnerable and threatened area in the environmental and socio-economic sense. In the light of this situation, Malaga has begun to organize reforms on the promenades to promote mobility on the coast, allowing the existence of a continuity in the maritime axis of the city, connecting this way different districts.

By joining the ELVITEN Project, Malaga obtains information about a clean urban transport system, while reducing harmful gas emissions and the non-renewable energy consumption. With the introduction of new, clean forms of mobility, we aim to support the citizens’ awareness of sustainable development.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

Light Electric Vehicles provide an extensive series of advantages for sustainable development, mainly described as drastically reducing of the emission of CO2, Nox, NMHC and PM gases, and the collaboration with the reduction of atmospheric and acoustic pollution. With the existing plans of electrifying transport, as well as the proposals that are being carried out to facilitate the acquisition of electric vehicles through incentives (subsidies, tax reductions), Europe is approaching a market with cheaper costs in terms of environmental impact, but also regarding to production and maintenance. The cities are moving at different speeds to transform their fleet from polluting vehicles to more environmentally friendly vehicles. Mobility managers must use the tools at their disposal to facilitate and accelerate this transition and achieve results in a shorter time frame.

Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility?

An 81% of the vehicles (PCs and LCVs) in Malaga are Euro 5, achieving the approved measures regarding the amounts of emissions allowed with respect to transport in the European Union. However, the use of alternative fuels is still at a 1%. Given this, Malaga is included in the European objectives for 2050 to electrify transport and implement the 30% of the countries’ vehicle fleet as electric.

What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?

Urban mobility is rapidly expanding the possibilities of using electric vehicles. Since 2015, the Spanish government established the “Plan MOVES”, which in May of 2020 has updated a budget of 65 million euros, 70% of which is intended to subsidize the purchase of ecological vehicles. Barcelona and Valencia will launch in mid-June a series of incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles, under the so-called “Plan de Fomento de Uso de la Bicicleta”. Along with this, it is contemplated the improvement of the itineraries and connections between municipalities to shorten distances and allow to carry out these routes by bicycle. Other cities include tax deductions for the purchase of electric vehicles.

Faced with COVID-19, the Ministry of Transport is currently studying the need to adjust the concentration of travellers in public transport. This, together with the increase in teleworking, supports the possibility of traveling at different times than the peak hours, and is as well an opportunity to promote the use of electric vehicles. Several companies are acting to participate in the sustainable development: ENDESA plans to install 2,000 charging points for electric vehicles; the national post company plans to renew its fleet with electric vans.  All these advances make it clear that the Spanish market seeks to get closer to a sustainable transport model for the environmental development.

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – Promalaga, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation. The Empresa Municipal de Iniciativas y Actividades Empresariales S.A. (Promalaga) is […]

ELVITEN interview series – EMISIA

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – EMISIA, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on urban mobility.

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About EMISIA

EMISIA S.A. was established in February 2008 as a spin-off company of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) and the management team consists of previous members of the Laboratory of Applied Thermodynamics (LAT). The company specialises in the areas of emission data collection and analysis, emission inventorying and modelling, software development for emissions calculations and inventories, and impact assessment studies of transport and environmental policies. EMISIA staff consists of mechanical, electrical and software engineers with a strong scientific background in the areas of transport emissions and environmental pollution. The expertise of the team has been built in several projects funded by either the public or the private (industrial) sectors. In addition, the personnel have been involved in several studies related to the formulation of environmental policy at European level. EMISIA researchers have developed and use specialised methodologies for the estimation of technological development in vehicle fleets and the calculation of pollutant emissions from transport.

EMISIA undertakes impact assessment studies for the transport sector, related to technological and legislative measures in local, urban, national or international level. The company is also involved in the collection of CO2 monitoring data for passenger cars, vans, and trucks, as part of their services for EEA, and has ample experience from involvements in the review of air pollutant emission inventories submitted under both CLRTAP and the NECD and the GHG inventories submitted to UNFCCC. The most recognised tool of EMISIA is COPERT, a widely used model by many European countries for road transport emission inventories. This software tool is supported by the European Environment Agency and the Joint Research Centre, while it has been developed, maintained and constantly updated by EMISIA. COPERT is also supported by reliable and up-to-date vehicle fleet and activity road transport data that EMISIA actively maintains and updates; this data is ready to be used in air pollutant and GHG emission calculations, being one of the most detailed and precise database of road transport data in the EU. Finally, EMISIA personnel has been developing software for inventorying of emission sources at a national level, including calculations with the EMEP/EEA Guidebook on emission inventories, reporting over GIS maps, presentation of temporal profiles of road transport activity and other functions.

EMISIA and ELVITEN

The main responsibility of EMISIA in the ELVITEN project is to perform an environmental analysis in order to investigate the impact of more EL-Vs entering into the fleet of European cities in the future in replacement of conventional (ICE) vehicles. EMISIA is also responsible for the coordination of the cost-benefit analysis in order to scale-up the impacts on a city level, quantify costs and benefits from the usage of EL-Vs and come up with conclusions and recommendations for their potential market uptake. Going into more details about the environmental analysis, EMISIA studies and quantifies the impact from: i) air pollutant and GHG emission savings coming from the usage of EL-Vs instead of ICE vehicles, ii) sound emission (noise) savings, and iii) Well-To-Tank (WtT) CO2 emissions from the electricity production needed for the charging of EL-Vs.

The monetised benefits are summarised for each ELVITEN city and are compared against the costs associated with the introduction of more EL-Vs. EMISIA joined ELVITEN because this project was considered as a very interesting opportunity for the company, which is in an excellent position to carry out the assignments and responsibilities undertaken in the framework of this project. ELVITEN promotes green, electric urban mobility with the usage of EL-Vs instead of conventional (ICE) vehicles and EMISIA has a strong interest in this topic, which can have a significant environmental impact on the transport sector at European level in the future. Hence, EMISIA can provide the long established experience and understanding of L-category vehicle technology and the environmental performance of these vehicles in order to assist in drawing reliable conclusions and recommendations for their market uptake.

Transport, EL-Vs and electromobility

Transport connects people, cultures, cities, countries and continents. It is one of the main pillars of modern society and global economy. At the same time, it is responsible for a significant part of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and causes air and noise pollution and habitat fragmentation. Hence, one of the main targets of the EU is to turn Europe’s carbon-dependent transport sector into a clean and smart mobility system. At the moment, however, transport in Europe remains very dependent on oil because Europeans of all age groups remain firmly attached to their ICE vehicles. Public transportation, despite improvement, has done little to persuade them otherwise and reduce emissions. While it remains a valid approach for emissions reductions, the question of how to encourage Europeans towards greener transport modes is also significant. Another policy direction is the usage of cleaner fuels which, together with higher fuel efficiency, can help reduce the environmental and health impacts of transport to an acceptable degree. Common standards and an extensive fuelling infrastructure need to be developed to encourage a wider uptake of cleaner fuels. Car buyers/users are more likely to choose alternatively fuelled vehicles when they feel confident that they can easily recharge or fuel their car without the risk of running out of fuel on the road.

Concerning the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility, we believe that these vehicles will be in the interest of legislators, policy makers, and vehicle manufactures for many years in the future. Due to the high urbanisation level in European cities, there are often traffic and air quality problems; and EL-Vs with their small size and electric powertrain can play a significant role in the gradual modification of citizen’s habits and ways of movement and transportation. Overall, we believe that transport electrification is expected to significantly contribute towards achieving EU environmental targets at urban level.

Electromobility in general can be a significant component of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) for each city, promoting environmental-friendly mobility patterns with emphasis on low (or zero) emission vehicles, combined with the creation of the necessary supporting infrastructure for their operation (i.e. charging stations for the electric vehicles). Many municipalities in Greece have already started promoting the usage of EL-Vs with the necessary legal framework, incentives and additional measures in order to facilitate and increase their usage. These measures include for example exemption from various fees (such as circulation fees, registration and luxury taxes) and free access to specific areas. However, it is acknowledged that the most significant measure in order to speed up the market uptake of electric vehicles is to provide financial incentives for the purchase of new vehicles.

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – EMISIA, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! About EMISIA EMISIA S.A. was established in February 2008 as a spin-off company of the Aristotle University […]

ELVITEN is presented at STEVE project’s webinar

On 28 May 2020, the EU-funded H2020 STEVE project along with Polytechnic of Torino and the City of Torino, together with selected representative experts organised a webinar on “Scenarios of electro-mobility: cross-fertilization and dissemination of best practices and researches within EU“.

The webinar had an open debate on topics like:

  • Electric vehicle user centric design
  • Experiments of electrified L-category vehicles in the urban transport system
  • Charging infrastructures

During the webinar, ELVITEN project was presented to participants by Christina Anagnostopoulou from ELVITEN Project Coordination Team at ICCS. In the presentation, she explained the project overview, objectives and achievements till date. She also presented how the demonstrations are conducted in the six ELVITEN cities, the different type of vehicles used for demonstrations, and user acceptance. Finally she concluded by explaining the next steps in the project.

The STEVE project intends to maximise the impact of the demonstrations in different European cities, generate vital data for the next generation of EL-Vs and support the mind-shift necessary for a successful integration of EL-Vs in the urban transport system.

To see the full presentation click here.

Picture: STEVE project ©

On 28 May 2020, the EU-funded H2020 STEVE project along with Polytechnic of Torino and the City of Torino, together with selected representative experts organised a webinar on “Scenarios of electro-mobility: cross-fertilization and dissemination of best practices and researches within EU“. The webinar had an open debate on topics like: Electric vehicle user centric design […]