ELVITEN @EGVIA Workshop on Energy4Transport in Brussels
On 21 October, ELVITEN project participated in a workshop on ‘What technology mix to achieve zero net carbon energy carriers in road transport by 2050?’ which was jointly organised by EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) and ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) in Brussels.
The workshop highlighted Ursula von der Leyen’s goal to achieve zero carbon by 2050. A further goal is to protect EU’s citizens from air pollution. Hybrid and electric vehicles are an important means in the EU’s strategy. Therefore, the next steps include that innovations should be better considered, as well as an extension of studies beyond tire to wheel and air pollution (regulated and non-regulated) that need to be addressed.
Furthermore, speakers from major institutions tackling this issue provided an overview of what is at stake for the future and tried to answer the technical workshop’s title. The event concluded with an interesting panel on a current key trend in the transport sector: Electrification. EGVIA’s Chairman Stefan Neugebauer stated that: “Electrification is a short term solution to reach the 2030 CO2 targets, but it requires further efforts to reach full move away from fossil fuels, in particular for use in heavy-duty vehicles, through biofuels and synthetic fuels”. However, the use of biofuels can also be criticised, as the issue of air pollution remains unsolved. ELVITEN joined the workshop by promoting electrification in the transport sector and distributing project leaflets and giveaways.
Find more information about the event here.
On 21 October, ELVITEN project participated in a workshop on ‘What technology mix to achieve zero net carbon energy carriers in road transport by 2050?’ which was jointly organised by EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) and ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) in Brussels. The workshop highlighted Ursula von der Leyen’s goal to […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
ELVITEN deploys 75 e-Bikes in Bari
ELVITEN demonstrations have gone live in Bari!
Bari is the second most important economic centre in the South of Italy, with around 325,000 inhabitants. Its port is considered the largest passenger hub on the Adriatic Sea and attracts over 500,000 passengers annually. A large university city with hot and dry summers and mild winters, makes it a lively city full of history rich with the diversity of migrants and a younger crowd.
The city of Bari is almost completely flat making it ideal for the use of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs). The Regional Plan of Transport for 2015-2019 shows that the main mode of transport used by citizens is cars or vans (52%), followed by motorcycles (22%), public transportation (18%), and bicycles (5%). The aim of ELVITEN is to deploy 75 e-Bikes and raise awareness through the #LetsGoElectric campaign to upscale the use of more sustainable modes of transport.
ELVITEN project partner Politecnico Di Bari (POLIBA) has teamed up with S3Transportation to bring 75 Rad Power Bikes to the southern Italian city. 60 EL-Vs will be assigned as a corporate leasing scheme to the Polytechnic University of Bari, Acquedotto Pugliese of Bari, Port Authority, University of Bari, hotels and bed and breakfasts. The target users will be the employees of each company as well as tourists. Each company will provide parking spaces and charging points, and selected users will be granted short term use. 15 EL-Vs will also be provided to private agencies and fleet owners for rental services (including small parcel deliveries).
Interested participants can register at www.elviten-city-users-registration.eu. Selected users are then guided through the ELVITEN unifying app and given an e-Bike that can be used to explore the city using the Elvigame. Like the demonstrations occurring in Malaga, users receive incentives and have access to e-Hubs where they can charge and store their e-Bikes. The black boxes placed on the e-bikes will collect and store useful information that will help ELVITEN create guidelines for integration of EL-Vs into the urban transport system.
ELVITEN Goes Live in Trikala!
The ELVITEN registration point in Trikala is ready to welcome users!
The city of Trikala is situated in the Northwestern part of Thessaly, Greece. Home to around 82,000 inhabitants, the Greek city experiences warm summers and mild winters. With a historic city centre and close proximity to an important UNESCO world heritage site, Trikala is a city with a lot to offer.
Although the city does not suffer from severe congestion due to its medium size, it still experiences congestion during peak travel times. The main points of congestion within the city are around the three bridges that cross the river passing through the city centre. While local public transportation provide an economic option, it does not deliver last-mile solutions to the city centre. In an effort to have fewer cars in the city centre, local authorities promote green mobility and work to expand the usage of Electric Light Vehicles (EL-V’s). ELVITEN focuses on establishing a shared network 10 EL-V’s (5 e-tricycles and 5 e-quadricycles) provided by Swiss manufacturer Kyburz.
Citizens interested in testing out an EL-V can visit the ELVITEN registration point and meet with an ELVITEN Trikala operator. After checking the relevant documents, accepted users are then registered and guided through the ELVITEN app, which is used to book the EL-Vs. Once a vehicle is booked, users receive the keys from the ELVITEN Fleet Manager and pick up the vehicle from designated parking spaces. Data and trip information is collected via black boxes which will be used by ELVITEN to analyse and propose guidelines for integration into the transport system.
ELVITEN has began operating in Trikala since February of this year and open to the public since April. Interested citizens can visit our Youtube page to learn more about how they can get involved!
ELVITEN x Rad Power Bikes Arrive in Málaga
Citizens of Málaga will soon begin seeing ELVITEN x Rad Power Bikes all over their city! ELVITEN demonstrates how Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) can be used in urban areas and be integrated within existing charging networks. ELVITEN partner ProMálaga has teamed up with S3Transportation to bring forty Rad Power e-bikes to this urban city. Citizens interested in participating in the ELVITEN project can fill out an application for the chance to become one of the users who takes home an e-Bike.
In order to be considered, potential users need to fill out an online survey about their mobility habits, which can be requested via email. Applicants are then assessed on whether they fit the requirements to become a user, including having a valid drivers license. Selected users must then fill out a project participation contract and download the ELVITEN app which provides all of the information about the vehicle. Users receive the bike, an authorized helmet, a portable charger and an anti-theft security system that is to be utilised every time the bike is in use. Users also have access to e-Hubs located around the city where the bike can be charged and stored. Users are then allowed to enjoy their new bikes for a total of two months!
The selection of users has already begun. If you live in Málaga, visit our Youtube page to learn more about how you can join!
Four EL-Vs at this year’s Mill of the Elves
Before the official demonstrations are going to start in January 2019, ELVITEN is offering an opportunity to have a look at four Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) at this year’s Mill of the Elves event in Trikala. From 30 November – 6 January, visitors will be able to get informed about the usefulness and sustainability of EL-Vs and the ELVITEN project. The EL-Vs, which have been provisioned by ELVITEN partner Kyburz, are located next to the main entrance of the theme park beside the info point.
The Mill of the Elves is an annual Christmas theme park in Trikala, welcoming thousands of visitors. For the 8th consecutive year, the old Matsopoulos Mill is being transformed into a free access Christmas theme park. The park is open on a daily basis from 10 am to 10 pm.
ELVITEN partner e-Trikala will be present to hand out leaflets about the ELVITEN project and to inform about the EL-Vs.
More information about the Mill of the Elves Christmas theme park can be found here.
Before the official demonstrations are going to start in January 2019, ELVITEN is offering an opportunity to have a look at four Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) at this year’s Mill of the Elves event in Trikala. From 30 November – 6 January, visitors will be able to get informed about the usefulness and sustainability of […]
ELVITEN at the Genoa Smart Week 2018
The fourth edition of the Genoa Smart Week, organised by Genoa Smart City Association, the Municipality of Genoa and the Liguria Region was held this year on the 19-24 November 2018 with the objective to discuss the implementation of innovative projects to make Genoa a smart city.
The ELVITEN project was invited to participate in this highly relevant event since the project is committed to promote sustainable means of transport and integrate ITs tools into the city mobility solutions. Genoa is one of the six ELVITEN cities where Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) will be tested from one year starting in January 2019.
On 23 November, ELVITEN organised a conference aiming at discussing the potentialities of EL-Vs for the urban mobility renewal in Genoa. In front of 400 representatives from the scientific community, industry, civil society and public authorities, ELVITEN partner TBridge* presented the ELVITEN project and its impact on the mobility of the city. This was followed by an explanation of the project Regional Support Groups and how contributors will benefit from joining them.
In addition, on 24 November, the ‘Charge & Move’ treasure hunt was organised in cooperation with ELVITEN at the Matteotti Square. 120 people participated in the activity that had as a prize an electric bike offered by the Italian company Ecomission.
The participants hunted different clues, related to e-mobility, which were located in different venues in the city center. Besides, some quizzes were designed to test participants general knowledge of electromobility in Italy and in Europe.
The event, that gathered young people, families and some elderly people, was an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about sustainable mobility and make the public in Genoa more familiar with ELVITEN.
*The presentation (in Italian) is available here.