(The presentations and recordings of this event are available here).
On 21 October, the ELVITEN project celebrated its conclusion with a final event dedicated to sustainable mobility.
This event was attended by more than 200 individuals interested in the accomplishments of this project, and 8 partners coming from the different pilot cities presented the main findings of the research and elaborated on user’s behaviour regarding EL-Vs.
ELVITEN promotes innovation in sustainable urban mobility 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.
Overall, 644 users registered to use the service in the six pilot cities for a total of 38,866 trips. With the COVID-19 pandemic, pilot cities became a privileged 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 period.
Silvia Andreussi, Project Manager City of Rome – IX District (RomaC), gave an overview on how the pilot project has been implemented in Rome, from the signature of the usage agreement, to the creation of and the Regional Support Group, from the collection of data to the dissemination activities. Now that ELVITEN is coming to an end, the City of Rome will continue investing in EL-Vs and will collaborate with the Polytechnic University of Bari to define a Plan for Light Electric Mobility in Rome.
Alessandro Rinaldi and Prof. Maria Pia Fanti from Polytechnic University of Bari gave a look to the future, explaining how cities could adapt for a smooth deployment of EL-Vs. In particular, a plan for EL-Vs is now necessary: public authorities are called to redesign urban space to facilitate an efficient diversification of the mobility offer and ensure the coexistence of different transport modes.
Anna Antonakopoulou, from ICCS, presented the usage and acceptance of light electric vehicles in the six demonstrations cities. In fact, she explained the collection of data which allowed the understanding of the acceptance of such vehicles from its 67 users and during 38,866 trips. Based on different figures, it proved that the users, who did not use the vehicles on a regular basis, became regular users with time.
Cino Repetto, from T-Bridge, underlined an interesting element with regards to the EL-Vs usage. During the last months of experimentation, pilot cities became a privileges observatory to understand how COVID-19 pandemic changed the mobility behaviour. The needs and habits of users have been significantly changed by this pandemic and which will have repercussions in the years to come. Jose F. Papi, from S3Transportaton, showed that there was a major increase in light electric vehicle usage in the 6 demonstration cities at the end of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Maria Georgakaki, from EMISIA, explained that when it comes to introducing EL-Vs in urban mobility, there is no evidence that replacing passenger cars with electric vehicles will reduce travel times. Additionally, the study of EL-Vs acceptance showcased the important role and influence of facilitating of usage circumstances, hedonic motivation, experience and habit towards the behavior use of EL-Vs. However, further research should be made to understand this innovation in terms of the impact that it couldh have on urban mobility
In order to better understand the project, you are welcome to watch the final video here.