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.
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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
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.