ELVITEN promotes innovation, sustainability and urban mobility in Europe through demonstrating the usefulness of electrified L-category vehicles (EL-Vs) for urban transportation in six pilot cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. It aims to achieve a mind shift among users and will propose replicable usage schemes to address the issues surrounding the market deployment of EL-Vs.

The ELVITEN project is also supported by 23 Regional Support Groups, with new members ADAC and RACC.

On 21 October, the ELVITEN project celebrated its conclusion with a final event dedicated to sustainable mobility.

Overall, 644 users registered to use the service in the six pilot cities for a total of 38,866 trips. From the analysis of the data on ELVITEN vehicles’ use, it became apparent that users who did not use the vehicles on a regular basis, became with time, regular users. With the COVID-19 pandemic, pilot cities became a privileges observatory to assess changes in mobility: there was a major increase in light electric vehicle usage in the 6 demonstration cities at the end of the COVID-19 lockdown.

In addition, the scaled-up analysis revealed that there is no evidence that replacing passenger cars with electric vehicles will reduce travel times, but EL-Vs may be advantageous in terms of parking times.

When it comes to introducing EL-Vs in urban mobility, speakers stressed the need for an urban mobility plan that would include as well as electric mobility. Such an urban plan should, for instance, include a polycentric vision of charging points and a review of road infrastructure. Additionally, the study of EL-Vs acceptance showcased the important role that facilitating conditions and experience affects the acceptance of EL-Vs.

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