ELVITEN IN ROME
In Rome, ELVITEN is present in District IX, which unites business and residential areas with lots of commuting. Although the area is flat, there is almost no cycling infrastructure available.
ELVITEN will create a network for 78 electric shared bikes. ELVITEN will offer an incentive tool and monitoring apps. ELVITEN will provide free testing of EL-Vs.
In Rome, ELVITEN tackles owners, sharers and deliverers.
NEWS / ROME
Fourth ELVITEN General Assembly in Trikala
The fourth General Assembly of the ELVITEN EU research project took place on 21- 22 in Trikala, one of the six ELVITEN cities that will start testing Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) soon.
Citizens of Rome, Bari, Malaga, Berlin, Genoa, and Trikala will start seeing the ELVITEN two, three- and four-wheeler EL-Vs. In total, the project will deploy more than 200 vehicles, provided by the Swiss company Kyburz, one of the project partners and by RAD Power Bikes. The objective of these demonstrations is to evaluate the usefulness of this specific type of vehicles in the six cities, make citizens more familiar with the EL-Vs and finally encourage ICE vehicle users to switch to more sustainable means of transportation.
The deployment of the EL-Vs in the cities will be accompanied by an awareness campaign. The campaign will invite citizens to share the #LetsGoElectric over social media and their opinions over electromobility, every time that they see one of the electric vehicles.
With the objective of encouraging citizens to contribute to making the six cities more sustainable and greener, the ELVITEN partners in the cities have put in place a number of incentives for those achieving the highest record using ELVITEN services and apps. The awards will range from useful everyday goodies (e.g. bottles of water, mugs, helmets etc.), to more entertaining services such as free cinema tickets, free entrance to an amusements park, free swimming pool subscription and much more.
The two days meeting that gathered 21 partners from 11 countries in Europe was a perfect occasion to discuss all these matters and also to launch the demonstrations of L-category electric vehicles in the hosting city Trikala. Partners had the chance to test them right before the vehicles will be offered to the public as a sharing service.
ELVITEN Stakeholder Workshops
With the objective to involve local stakeholders in the development of ELVITEN, the project started holding its first round of stakeholder’s workshops as part of the preparation for the project demonstrations of EL-Vs that will kick off in December 2018.
From April to September 2018, several meetings were organised at the six ELVITEN cities where project partners introduced the project to local authorities and professionals in the transport and mobility sector.
ELVITEN city leaders collected useful feedback provided during the workshops which will contribute to a better deployment of the ELVITEN scheme in each project location.
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Educating the first generation of e-bike riders
Within the frame of the European Mobility Week 2018, the ELVITEN project organised an engaging event to provide young students a first-hand experience with e-bikes allowing them to learn about IoT technologies applied to sustainable mobility.
The Mobility Week took place from 16-22 September and aimed at raising awareness on cities’ mobility challenges. Under the slogan ‘Mix and Move’, the European initiative encouraged stakeholders to organise events related to multimodal means of transport which was the topic of this year’s campaign.
In this context, the Municipality IX of Rome, one of the 21 ELVITEN partners coordinated the event that attracted close to 250 high school students from the Liceo Majorana. From 16 to 21 September, students had the opportunity to test 10 electric bikes in the urban environment of the Italian capital. They shared their experiences on social media following the hashtag #smash4majorana.
The event was organised in collaboration with the Horizon 2020 project Smash and the private company Askoll, which provided the e-bikes. This Italian company specialised in electromobility, also integrated the Greenspider Gmbh technology for the geo-referencing of the vehicles as well as the ‘smart locks’ and a dedicated app for students to be able to use the e-bikes.