ELVITEN IN BERLIN

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.

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ELVITEN Interview Series – Hubject

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which Ricarda Mendy, R&D Project Coordinator at HUBJECT shares her role and contribution to the project implementation, and views on urban mobility.

Enjoy the reading!

A short introduction of your organisation

Hubject is a dynamic company in the future industry of electromobility. Since our founding in 2012, we have made it our mission to drive forward the development of electric mobility. With more than 300 partners, the Hubject platform is the biggest international digital B2B market place for services related to the charging of electric vehicles. More than 140.000 charge points on three continents are connected to the open Hubject platform. Since 2012, we have been connecting different market players in order to create a digital and cross-border charging network for electric vehicles – the intercharge network. Our portfolio addresses e.g. charge point operators, emobility service providers, energy suppliers, fleet operators, car sharing companies, service card providers or automotive manufacturers.

What is your task and responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

As the project manager for Hubject, I am responsible to make sure that we fulfil our role within the project the best way possible and contribute to this EU project with our competencies and resources in the most efficient and most effective way. That also means to make sure that deadlines for deliverables are met and our promises from the project proposals kept.

Content wise, I did data research and created input for the data analyses and guidelines after the demonstrations took place.

At the same time, I am involved on a very operational level. I took care of designing the sharing scheme for our demonstration with 10 e-Scooters in Berlin, ordered all the equipment, implemented the pilot, developed marketing strategies and monitored the data generation. Thankfully, during the demonstration I had support from our fleet manager who took care of the user coordination as well as the maintenance of the scooter.

What is your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

Our core business at Hubject is creating a seamless charging experience in the emobility world, for which we created Europe’s leading e-Roaming platform. We wanted to widen our horizon and expand our focus from regular EVs to Electric-light vehicles and get an early foot in the door as they become more popular in modern transport systems. Up until today, public charging is not yet a common thing for EL-Vs, but there are a few interesting concepts that are being tested at the moment (e.g. battery swapping) that we are excited to learn about as well as about the user and charging behaviour that we can observe in the data outcome of the ELVITEN project.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

I think they will definitely play a big role in future urban transport systems. We might still be in kind of an experimental phase, where various vehicle types are still being tested and infrastructure in cities still needs to be adapted. But in the long run, I think they will be very valuable for the widely accepted goals of getting rid of cars in city centres and creating an emission free environment in urban places.

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

The advantages of EL-Vs are multifaceted and can potentially impact urban mobility via multiple and even unexpected channels. Even though the characteristic of EL-Vs being pretty low-noise is theoretically widely known, it was actually another level for our scooter users when experiencing it for the first time. We are so used to the smell and noise of today’s conventional traffic as well as to traffic jams in city centres that EL-Vs have the potential of taking over almost a revolutionary role in changing but also complementing today’s urban mobility (e.g. as a last-mile solution combined with public transport).

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

The current market for urban mobility is very innovative and experimental. That also entails a lot of fluctuation of new market players joining and leaving the scene. I hope that the future market holds a place for the most resilient and long-term thinking ones. Of course, this also needs to be accompanied by according policies and laws that give new and unconventional forms of urban transport a chance and creates an environment for their needs. That sometimes means that traditional industries have to experience cutbacks, but I think there is no other choice than making those bold decisions for creating a healthier environment for everybody and saving a little piece of our home planet in each city at the end of the day.

 

This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which Ricarda Mendy, R&D Project Coordinator at HUBJECT shares her role and contribution to the project implementation, and views on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation Hubject is a dynamic company in the future industry of electromobility. Since […]

Recommendations by ELVITEN to planning authorities emerged after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the needs and habits of all users across our world, these new changes are not only becoming the new normal but will have repercussions in the near future. In this regard, ELVITEN partners created a report “Recommendations for Planning Authorities emerged after COVID-19” to offer to planning authorities some recommendations related to light electric mobility.

The recommendations are based on the results and experience acquired within the ELVITEN project, trends, and market drivers observed during the pandemic period.

Some of the lessons learned are:

  • SAFETY is a fundamental service offering to the user.
  • REGULATION POLICIES are required to adapt to the behaviour of the different user groups to help the planning of services.
  • PARTNERSHIP WITH PRIVATE OPERATORS are required to renew and to develop the offer of innovative services, which are widely accessible and are integrated with other means of transportation.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY will have to be re-launched as the COVID-19 pandemic has got unprecedented challenges, but at the same time provided a chance to rebuild economies in a way which reinforces the connection between human well-being and a healthy environment.
  • TECHNOLOGICAL TOOLS are increasingly important to enable data collection and data analysis. Companies should focus on increasing adaptive capacity by looking to better integrate, refocus and in some cases diversify their offer.

ELVITEN believes these lessons learned can help planning authorities to propose new mobility models adapted to the new context, which will affect urban transport systems at least in the short and medium term.

To read the full report, click here.

ELVITEN Press release – August 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the needs and habits of all users across our world, these new changes are not only becoming the new normal but will have repercussions in the near future. In this regard, ELVITEN partners created a report “Recommendations for Planning Authorities emerged after COVID-19”  to offer to planning authorities some recommendations […]

Recommendations for Service Providers after COVID-19

In spring 2019, after 18 months of preparatory activities, the ELVITEN partners started to deploy the demonstration phase in six European cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome, and Trikala. The goal was to collect data from the pilot sites to demonstrate how Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) can be used in urban areas.

After few months of demonstrations, the pilot activities became a privileged observatory to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the users’ behaviour and the new mobility needs of European citizens. The collected data in the ELVITEN demonstration cities enabled to obtain useful indications on how the EL-Vs services helped users’ needs during the COVID-19 crisis.

ELVITEN partners prepared a report “Recommendations for Service Providers emerged after COVID-19” to offer some recommendations to light electric mobility service providers. The recommendations are framed based on the results and experience acquired within the ELVITEN project and are integrated with the evidence, trends, and market drivers observed during the pandemic.

Some of the recommendations to service providers are:

– Safety and hygiene: Service providers who can manage to convince users that their vehicles are the safest will have a significant advantage over those who may not have the resources to do so.

– Strategy: Most of the revenue was previously generated locally in many cities, primarily due to the tourists. But due to the current health crisis, travelling is very much restricted and service providers must look for new strategies. Shifting from short-term offers to monthly subscriptions to maintain a low cost per trip for all new regular users can bring in new revenues and help the service providers.

– Integration: Technological innovations such as platforms for the integration of mobility services, and market innovations such as sharing services (cars, bikes, and scooters) can and should contribute to the development of sustainable mobility provision for all citizens.

“Mobility needs to reinvent itself in some way to adapt to the upcoming challenges arising from COVID-19. Operators, software developers, vehicle manufacturers, public services and public
authorities will all have to be creative to find ways to address a wide range of social, technical, and commercial problems created or exacerbated by the pandemic. “

To read the full report, click here.

ELVITEN Press release – July 2020.

 

In spring 2019, after 18 months of preparatory activities, the ELVITEN partners started to deploy the demonstration phase in six European cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome, and Trikala. The goal was to collect data from the pilot sites to demonstrate how Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) can be used in urban areas. After few months […]

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