Noticias

2nd City Workshop in Rome

On 27 November 2019, ELVITEN city partner – Rome held its second city workshop in the IX EUR City Hall of Rome organised by the dedicated Municipality. Municipality representatives of the workshop included the Capitoline councilor Linda Meleo (responsible for infrastructure), the municipal councilor Alessandro Drago (responsible for Mobility, Suburbs, Community Programs, Simple Rome) and the technical director of the Municipality Giacomo Guastella.

The main topic of the ELVITEN workshop was the long-term sharing of electric bikes. It presented technical aspects, objectives and expectations of the project with a special focus on travel data in Rome, but also of the other pilot cities. During the workshop, an interactive debate with public representatives took place, introducing the possibility of creating soft mobility corridors or routes dedicated to electric vehicles (max. 30 km/h). These corridors aim at improving the infrastructure, optimising the sharing processes and encouraging electric mobility.

The electric vehicles in Rome are registered as two-wheel mopeds and therefore require the use of helmet and a driver’s license. They are usually used for home-work trips, professional or personal purposes throughout the territory of Rome. The 60 bikes are free of charge and target employees of public bodies and private companies based in Rome.

A short video summarising the 2nd workshop in Rome is available (in Italian) on ELVITEN YouTube channel.

A press report (in Italian) of the Rome Municipality.

On 27 November 2019, ELVITEN city partner – Rome held its second city workshop in the IX EUR City Hall of Rome organised by the dedicated Municipality. Municipality representatives of the workshop included the Capitoline councilor Linda Meleo (responsible for infrastructure), the municipal councilor Alessandro Drago (responsible for Mobility, Suburbs, Community Programs, Simple Rome) and […]

Genova Smart Week 2019

The Genova Smart Week 2019 took place from 25 to 30 November 2019 offering events, meetings and initiatives dedicated to the Smart City and the Circular Economy, promoted by the Genoa Smart City Association and the Municipality of Genoa. The goal of the 5th edition was to present the best practices of companies and institutions and to analyse the patterns of development of the smart city.

Six days full of conferences, exhibitions, workshops and technical meetings for operators and test drives on electric vehicles in the heart of the city. ELVITEN project partner in Genoa – Duferco Energia showcased to visitors ELVITEN’s electric vehicles’ features, replied to a lot of questions and curiosities on E-mobility and described the project’s opportunities for consumers. Overall, the one-week event was successful at familiarizing citizens, users, industry and local politicians with future practices in the mobility sector.

ELVITEN project partner Duferco Energia SpA is a Duferco Group company operating in the Italian energy market. Created to manage the Group’s investments in renewable production plants, it subsequently focused on the marketing of electricity and gas for all market segments.

The Genova Smart Week 2019 took place from 25 to 30 November 2019 offering events, meetings and initiatives dedicated to the Smart City and the Circular Economy, promoted by the Genoa Smart City Association and the Municipality of Genoa. The goal of the 5th edition was to present the best practices of companies and institutions […]

ELVITEN @ STA Annual Conference and Innovation Awards

On 26 November 2019, ELVITEN participated in the STA Annual Conference and Innovation Awards in Brussels.

During the Session 1: Bringing Smart Transportation Infrastructures to Reality, various projects focused on smart transportation infrastructure were presented, e.g. ELVITEN and PAsCAL. Mr José F. Papí, President & SG of STA and ELVITEN project partner – S3Transportation (Smart, Safe and Sustainable Transportation), presented ELVITEN first results to the audience. He described the general goal of the project and achievements so far, including the dashboard where you can check the latest data gathered from ELV trips, users feedback and ICT tools.

Session 2: Discussing the Smart Transportation Infrastructures of the Future explored among other topics: the future of transport research in the next framework programme – Horizon Europe and current challenges of EU instruments providing funding for transport infrastructure projects.

The last session of the conference, the ‘STA Innovation Awards’, honoured global innovators that contributed to deploying smart transportation infrastructures, and to improving the methods, technologies and standards associated with transportation infrastructures. The awards were given in two categories:

  • Person of the Year 2019: Mr Steve Phillips, Secretary-General at Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) & Mr Gauthier Michaux, Head of Road Signalling at the Service Public de Wallonie – Mobilité & Infrastructures (Belgium)
  • Best Innovation Projects 2019: NOESIS: Novel Decision Support tool for Evaluating Strategic Big Data Investments in Transport and Intelligent Mobility Services & BIOREPAVATION: Innovation in Bio-Recycling of Old Asphalt Pavements

 

On 26 November 2019, ELVITEN participated in the STA Annual Conference and Innovation Awards in Brussels. During the Session 1: Bringing Smart Transportation Infrastructures to Reality, various projects focused on smart transportation infrastructure were presented, e.g. ELVITEN and PAsCAL. Mr José F. Papí, President & SG of STA and ELVITEN project partner – S3Transportation (Smart, Safe […]

ELVITEN ICT tools and dashboard

Different ICT tools have been developed under the ELVITEN project to collect data of the usage of ELVITEN’s means of transport in each city: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. Data coming from such tools will be used later on to develop efficient business models. You can find below a short summary of all applications developed and used within the ELVITEN project.

Digital Coach app: the app is a fleet monitoring tool sending location and telemetry data to the data warehouse to create a detailed driving analysis. Moreover, a summary of trip and weather is created and transmitted. This app is used in every project city.

Booking App: this app collects booking messages regarding vehicles, charging points and parking spaces. It is currently used in Trikala, Malaga and Bari.

Serious Game App: this app combines elements of fun and entertainment for users of EL-Vs in project cities, providing riders with useful information about the project, the benefits of the use of EL-Vs and touristic or interesting places in the city. It is currently used in Trikala, Malaga and Bari and will be soon available in Rome.

Smart App: this app is an end-user application that allows an ELVITEN user to interact with the incentive system and fill in questionnaires. It is used in Trikala, Malaga, Bari, Genoa and Rome.

D-Mobility app: the app offers charging services to Duferco Energia e-mobility customers. It is only used in Genoa.

There is also a new tool on the ELVITEN website – dashboard, which provides up to date information (updated every 24 hours) regarding EL-Vs usage in all six European pilot cities. The data being provided on the website comes among other sources from the black boxes fixed on the ELVITEN EL-Vs. Find the dashboard here and check how each city is performing.

Check the ELVITEN YouTube channel with videos demonstrating different tools used in ELVITEN cities.

Different ICT tools have been developed under the ELVITEN project to collect data of the usage of ELVITEN’s means of transport in each city: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. Data coming from such tools will be used later on to develop efficient business models. You can find below a short summary of all […]

ELVITEN 5th General Assembly in Zurich

On 30 and 31 October 2019 the ELVITEN project 5th General Assembly and Steering Committee meetings were held in Zurich. The consortium partners met to discuss the status of the ELVITEN project and future plans for the last year of the H2020 funded project. The meeting was hosted by ELVITEN’s partner KYBURZ Switzerland AG which is providing the electric light vehicles for the project demonstrations in Genoa and Trikala.

The General Assembly was opened by ELVITEN’s coordinator – Dr. Angelos Amditis who highlighted  the most important phase of collecting the data provided by ELVITEN ELVs users, trips, dashboard and ICT tools. During the assembly project partners discussed ELVITEN’s progress status within the last months with a special focus on ongoing demonstrations in project cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome and Trikala. As part of the GA meeting in Zurich project partners participated in KYBURZ Switzerland AG company visit with a few tour options e.g. production and supply chain management; second life vehicle, lithium battery recycling, service, research & development.

So far, some tangible achievements within the project have been made. The daily collected data coming from ELVITEN’s trips, users experience and supporting ICT tools in each city are publicly available via dashboard on ELVITEN website . All the project cities offer a short or long term use of ELVs for registrered users and demonstrations will continue till April 2020. Project partners from Berlin and Trikala have already organised the second city workshops. The remaining city partners will follow with such workshops by the end of November. The main goal of organising 2nd city workshop is  to single out the criticalities and the difficulties for improving the attractiveness of the demonstrated ELV services, tools and incentives. Furthermore, the ELVITEN project has entered the next phase of analysing the gathered data and it moves further to create the aimed business models plans to boost the potential for the market uptake of EL-Vs, as well as to create an exploitation strategy and innovation management plan. Moreover, the number of Regional Support Groups members have increased and reached already 70 supporters.

The ELVITEN project promotes innovation, sustainability and connected urban mobility in Europe through demonstrating the usefulness of electrified L-category vehicles for urban transportation.

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On 30 and 31 October 2019 the ELVITEN project 5th General Assembly and Steering Committee meetings were held in Zurich. The consortium partners met to discuss the status of the ELVITEN project and future plans for the last year of the H2020 funded project. The meeting was hosted by ELVITEN’s partner KYBURZ Switzerland AG which […]

Second ELVITEN city workshop in Trikala

ELVITEN project partner in Trikala organised on 26 October 2019, the 2nd city workshop. The local event took place at the GiSeMi Innovation Hub in Trikala. The attendees of the event (around 30 participants) were encouraged to take a ride in one of 4-wheeler Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) which are provided for project demonstrations in Trikala.

Mr Odisseas Raptis (CEO of e-trikala S.A.), kicked off the workshop by welcoming the participants. He presented the ELVITEN project in detail, the original idea behind the project (why EL-Vs are not well known and used) and how the ELVITEN project acts as a solution to this challenge. Mr Charis Kalliaras (Special Advisor to the Mayor) held a presentation about the usage of EL-Vs for building sustainable urban mobility. He talked about the example from Trikala regarding the state of LVs/ELVs, how to improve the potential of use of ELVs and how ELVITEN is acting in this regard.

Mr George Gorgogetas (e-trikala) talked about the challenges regarding the project in Trikala so far, the demonstration status and the users. He pointed out that many people were acquainted with use of EL-Vs for the first time through ELVITEN. He also stressed that ELVITEN users enjoy riding these vehicles and their usage can have a positive impact in the city center that is often congested by regular cars. A number of e-bikes were provided at the event premises for participants during a coffee break. Mr Vasilis Apostolakoulis (e-trikala) presented ELVITEN users’ opinions and their problems such as: vehicles battery issues and their limited mirror view of the road on the sides.

Q&A session concluded the 2nd city workshop in Trikala, with topics such vehicles’ safety, city infrastructure, charging points and future sustainability of the ELVITEN project and EL-Vs.

ELVITEN project partner in Trikala organised on 26 October 2019, the 2nd city workshop. The local event took place at the GiSeMi Innovation Hub in Trikala. The attendees of the event (around 30 participants) were encouraged to take a ride in one of 4-wheeler Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) which are provided for project demonstrations in […]

ELVITEN @EGVIA Workshop on Energy4Transport in Brussels

On 21 October, ELVITEN project participated in a workshop on ‘What technology mix to achieve zero net carbon energy carriers in road transport by 2050?’ which was jointly organised by EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) and ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) in Brussels.

The workshop highlighted Ursula von der Leyen’s goal to achieve zero carbon by 2050. A further goal is to protect EU’s citizens from air pollution. Hybrid and electric vehicles are an important means in the EU’s strategy. Therefore, the next steps include that innovations should be better considered, as well as an extension of studies beyond tire to wheel and air pollution (regulated and non-regulated) that need to be addressed.

Furthermore, speakers from major institutions tackling this issue provided an overview of what is at stake for the future and tried to answer the technical workshop’s title. The event concluded with an interesting panel on a current key trend in the transport sector: Electrification. EGVIA’s Chairman Stefan Neugebauer stated that: “Electrification is a short term solution to reach the 2030 CO2 targets, but it requires further efforts to reach full move away from fossil fuels, in particular for use in heavy-duty vehicles, through biofuels and synthetic fuels”. However, the use of biofuels can also be criticised, as the issue of air pollution remains unsolved. ELVITEN joined the workshop by promoting electrification in the transport sector and distributing project leaflets and giveaways.

Find more information about the event here.

On 21 October, ELVITEN project participated in a workshop on ‘What technology mix to achieve zero net carbon energy carriers in road transport by 2050?’ which was jointly organised by EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) and ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) in Brussels. The workshop highlighted Ursula von der Leyen’s goal to […]

Horizon 2020 Transport Work Programme 2020 calls

Six transport topics under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Transport Work Programme 2020 are open for application. The available budget for transport EU co-funded projects provides approximately €92 million under the following topics:

  • Mobility for Growth (MG),
  • Automated Road Transport (ART),
  • Green Vehicles (GV), and
  • Next Generation Batteries (BAT) calls.

The applications (submitted electronically) have to present project proposals aiming to make the European transport safer, cleaner and more resilient. The projects will be selected for funding in two-stage evaluation. First, candidates should submit short project proposals by 9 January 2020. They will be then informed within 3 months after the submission deadline if they have qualified for the second stage of the selection process. The full project proposal must be then submitted by 8 September 2020.

The transport topics for application are:

  • Cities as climate-resilient, connected multimodal nodes for smart and clean mobility; new approaches towards demonstrating and testing innovative solutions
  • Decarbonising long-distance shipping
  • Understanding and mitigating the effects on public health of emerging non-regulated nanoparticle emissions issues and noise
  • Enhancing coordination between Member States’ actions in the area of infrastructure research with a particular focus on biodiversity and ameliorating environmental impacts and full automated infrastructure upgrade and maintenance
  • Network and traffic management for future mobility
  • Improving road safety by effectively monitoring working patterns and overall fitness of drivers.

On 7 October, the Horizon 2020 Transport Info Day took place in Brussels. The European Commission (DG RTD, DG MOVE) and INEA presented funding opportunities under the Mobility for Growth (MG), Automated Road Transport (ART), Green Vehicles (GV), and Next Generation Batteries (BAT) calls and gave an overview of the application and evaluation process as well as tips for writing a good proposal. If you missed the event you can find the agenda, the presentations, and recordings of the sessions here.

Find more information about how to receive the EU funding and apply on the Funding & tenders opportunities website and become as ELVITEN project a part of the Horizon 2020 funded project and help to green the transport sector. #LetsGoElectric #H2020Transport

Six transport topics under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Transport Work Programme 2020 are open for application. The available budget for transport EU co-funded projects provides approximately €92 million under the following topics: Mobility for Growth (MG), Automated Road Transport (ART), Green Vehicles (GV), and Next Generation Batteries (BAT) calls. The applications (submitted electronically) have to […]

Micro-mobility: the next big thing?

On 14 October 2019, the European Commission (DG MOVE) organised a conference on ‘Micro-mobility: the next big thing?’ in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference discussed new transport developments of micro-mobility such as electric scooters, bikes, mopeds, and drones.

Together with representatives of city authorities, micro-mobility companies and the European Commissioner for Transport Ms. Violeta Bulc, the conference aimed to be the first large-scale event to provide a platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities micro-mobility presents for people moving in urban areas and for deliveries. The agenda of the conference included workshops, presentations, an exhibition and panel discussions. The first panel ‘Is there a role investors and regulators can play in micro-mobility?’ discussed how micro-mobility can be promoted from the regulatory and the entrepreneurial side.

Commissioner Bulc emphasized that the micro-mobility brings challenges in three key areas: investments, inclusion in public transport and safety. Risk of E-LVs includes that users tend to ignore existing traffic regulations and act irresponsible. Increasing numbers of users drinking and driving are challenging safe traffic. However, she highlighted that “micro-mobility is here to stay and will reshape the future of mobility. It will also contribute to the manifestation of the Vision Zero.”

Read more about the event here.

 

On 14 October 2019, the European Commission (DG MOVE) organised a conference on ‘Micro-mobility: the next big thing?’ in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference discussed new transport developments of micro-mobility such as electric scooters, bikes, mopeds, and drones. Together with representatives of city authorities, micro-mobility companies and the European Commissioner for Transport Ms. Violeta Bulc, the […]