As capital of Germany, Berlin counts around 3.5 million inhabitants in an area of 892 km2. Berlin’s climate is classified as a maritime temperate climate, but with larger temperature differences between the seasons due to its inland position. In another climate classification, it is also classified as a temperate continental climate.

Transport characteristics

Excluding walking, 41% of all trips in Berlin are made by car, van or motorcycle. 40% are made by the public transport system, which includes rail, metro, bus and tram. The last 19% of the trips are made by bicycle. Berlin is known for its well-developed public transportation system. The metro system has a total length of 146.5 kilometres, the rail 331.5 kilometres, the tram 193.6 kilometres and the bus system is the largest with a total length of 1675 kilometres. There are 1,195,149 cars registered in Berlin, of which are 1,668 fully electric vehicles and 8,400 hybrids.

There are multiple electric car sharing providers operating in the city, but their charging networks are not integrated. At the moment, there are 147 charging stations in the city.

In Berlin, 10 e-scooters to be offered for long-term sharing.

ELVITEN will integrate the charging network. ELVITEN will offer an incentive tool and monitoring apps. ELVITEN will provide free testing.

In Berlin, ELVITEN addresses owners, sharers and deliverers.


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.

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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 […]


The Intercharge Network Conference (ICNC) is a two day international conference on the future of mobility. It has become the global go-to event for new mobility professionals and business leaders. Now in its fifth year, the conference took place on 13 and 14 June in Berlin, one of the ELVITEN pilot cities.  It attracted about 1.000 participants and included selectively invited international industry, start-ups, academia and policy representatives as well as the media.

The intercharge network, which is provided through Hubject GmbH, connects various emobility players and provides Electric Vehicle drivers with simple and customer-friendly access to charging stations throughout all of Europe. The platform is seen as a neutral and open pan-European market place that provides an ideal fertile soil for various business models and solutions. The ELVITEN project was prominently represented via a booth that was integrated into the Hubject Research and Development booth. The booth was marked by an ELVITEN dedicated backdrop and a screen that was continuously showing the recently released movie about Berlin’s pilot for ELVITEN: The ZeroFleet.

The ZeroFleet is a pilot that is running parallelly with the demonstrations occurring in the other five pilot cities. It follows the framework of ELVITEN and shares similar goals: to promote the usage of Light Electric vehicles (EL-Vs). Using the ten ZeroScooters, the Berlin pilot site collects trip data via black boxes. Data is also collected through questionnaires administered to ZeroPilots (users). The goal of ELVITEN is to analyse all the collected data from the six cities and create guidelines for ideal business models as well as their integration into urban transport systems.

The eScooters are offered as a long-term sharing scheme, which means that people can rent a scooter for free for three weeks in a row. The test driver will act like the owner of the vehicle and take it home and be responsible for charging it. This allows for the black boxes to document and collect data on realistic trips stemming from the everyday lives of different people. Via the ZeroZone Website, interested users can apply for a specific three-week-cycle. Hubject’s ZeroFleet manager then coordinates the timeslots and sends out confirmations along with instructions on when and where to pick up the scooter and how to fill out the questionnaires.

The ICNC was the perfect place to not only present the ZeroFleet but to acquire potential test users for the pilot from among the many visitors interested in “new mobility”. It also presented the perfect situation to begin discussions on the ideal ecosystems for EL-Vs and their integration into urban transport systems with global eMobility experts.

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.



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