ELVITEN IN TRIKALA
Trikala is a medium-sized city of around 82.000 inhabitants, with a historic city centre, over 608.48 km2 with a population density of approximately 134 inhabitancies/km2. The climate is mainly of Mediterranean character, with warm summers and mild winters, while the temperature is affected by the mountains nearby.
The road network in Trikala covers 313 km. Local public transport consists of buses and free shared bicycles and is an economic option. It is estimated that in Trikala there are 259 cars (public and private), 2 public buses, 70 motorcycles, and 140 trucks – goods road motor vehicles68 per 1,000 citizens.
Public transportation does not deliver last-mile solutions to the city centre. ELVITEN will set up a sharing network of 5 electric tricycles and 5 electric quadricycles.
ELVITEN will offer an incentive tool and monitoring apps.
In Trikala, 5 electric tricycles and 5 electric 4-wheelers to be deployed.
ELVITEN will provide free testing. In Trikala, ELVITEN tackles sharers and deliverers.
NEWS / TRIKALA
ELVITEN at the 1st Restart mAI City Plug & Play Conference
In ELVITEN’s project city Trikala, the 1st Restart mAI City Plug & Play Conference took place on 26-28 September. The conference aims to familiarise all Greek Municipal Authorities with existing policies which affect the country’s mobility and with easy, functional and technological solutions. More than 400 employees from all over the country were expected to participate at the networking event in order to create friendly, functional, safe and smart cities in compliance with the EU Urban Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
On the first two days, policies and initiatives were discussed by the participants, focusing on a national and EU level such as mobility and sustainability in smart cities and the role of technology. The third day consisted of presentations and discussions on a local level, where the Municipality of Trikala had the opportunity to demonstrate its applied programmes and solutions such as Smart Trikala, MEA and Activage.
ELVITEN was presented at the conference at the exhibition as a joint stand with ICT4CART represented by the ELVITEN project coordinator – Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS).
In ELVITEN’s project city Trikala, the 1st Restart mAI City Plug & Play Conference took place on 26-28 September. The conference aims to familiarise all Greek Municipal Authorities with existing policies which affect the country’s mobility and with easy, functional and technological solutions. More than 400 employees from all over the country were expected to participate […]
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!
e-Trikala & ELVITEN host Open Air Event
On 17 April, Trikala, ELVITEN partner e-Trikala hosted an open air event in the central square to introduce the five vehicles that will be offered for the purpose of touring, riding and simple daily tasks. Located at the Information Centre (InfoPoint), the event attracted citizens from all over the city interested in getting more informed, registering for the project and trying the vehicles.
Present at the event was the Mayor of Trikala, Dimitris Papastergiou. He gave a speech about the continuation of actions for sustainable mobility as well as the combination of green movements with green investment projects. The chairman of e-Trikala, Yannis Kotoulas, spoke about the essence of the program, namely the free movement of citizens, and the extraction of useful conclusions regarding the behaviour and benefits of electrification in cities and sustainable mobility.
Under the ELVITEN program, the testing of electric light vehicles will take place over a period of one year in Trikala along with the other five participating cities. In Trikala, there is a total of ten vehicles (five tricycles and five quadricycles) produced by KYBURZ will be tested. The tricycles EL-Vs are offered for common use to suppliers of light goods, while quadricycles are offered to citizens and visitors. The use of the vehicles are supported by booking services as well as through applications for collecting points in order to receive rewards and provide incentives for users.
The ELVITEN project (http://www.elviten-project.eu), co-funded by the European Commission through the HORIZON 2020 program, aims to promote the use of light-duty electric vehicles (EL-Vs) such as bicycles, scooters, tricycles and quadricycles, as a comfortable means of transportation in the cities. #letsgoelectric