ELVITEN deploys 75 e-Bikes in Bari
ELVITEN demonstrations have gone live in Bari!
Bari is the second most important economic centre in the South of Italy, with around 325,000 inhabitants. Its port is considered the largest passenger hub on the Adriatic Sea and attracts over 500,000 passengers annually. A large university city with hot and dry summers and mild winters, makes it a lively city full of history rich with the diversity of migrants and a younger crowd.
The city of Bari is almost completely flat making it ideal for the use of electric light vehicles (EL-Vs). The Regional Plan of Transport for 2015-2019 shows that the main mode of transport used by citizens is cars or vans (52%), followed by motorcycles (22%), public transportation (18%), and bicycles (5%). The aim of ELVITEN is to deploy 75 e-Bikes and raise awareness through the #LetsGoElectric campaign to upscale the use of more sustainable modes of transport.
ELVITEN project partner Politecnico Di Bari (POLIBA) has teamed up with S3Transportation to bring 75 Rad Power Bikes to the southern Italian city. 60 EL-Vs will be assigned as a corporate leasing scheme to the Polytechnic University of Bari, Acquedotto Pugliese of Bari, Port Authority, University of Bari, hotels and bed and breakfasts. The target users will be the employees of each company as well as tourists. Each company will provide parking spaces and charging points, and selected users will be granted short term use. 15 EL-Vs will also be provided to private agencies and fleet owners for rental services (including small parcel deliveries).
Interested participants can register at www.elviten-city-users-registration.eu. Selected users are then guided through the ELVITEN unifying app and given an e-Bike that can be used to explore the city using the Elvigame. Like the demonstrations occurring in Malaga, users receive incentives and have access to e-Hubs where they can charge and store their e-Bikes. The black boxes placed on the e-bikes will collect and store useful information that will help ELVITEN create guidelines for integration of EL-Vs into the urban transport system.
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!
Duferco Energia presents ELVITEN at the GoaBoa Festival
The Goa Boa festival is a music event that takes place every year in Genoa, Italy. The event is a part of the ‘Genova Città dei Festival’ exhibition, organized by the Municipality of Genoa. During the ten day long music festival, the event welcomed in thousands of people.
ELVITEN partner Duferco Energia, participated in the event to promote ELVITEN after the installation of the first two e-charging hubs, which brought 24 brand new charging points dedicated to Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs), in Genoa. At the Duferco Energia x ELVITEN booth, attendees of the festival were able to ask questions about e-mobility and learn more about how ELVITEN is making transport more sustainable in the city of Genoa.
Being among one of the greenest cities in Italy, in Genoa there are already 100 EL-Vs and 16 charging points. ELVITEN will bring 10 electric tricycles to Genoa for shared mobility and create a charging network. The EL-Vs will be provided for free use and tackle owners, sharers and deliverers.
ELVITEN x Rad Power Bikes Arrive in Málaga
Citizens of Málaga will soon begin seeing ELVITEN x Rad Power Bikes all over their city! ELVITEN demonstrates how Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) can be used in urban areas and be integrated within existing charging networks. ELVITEN partner ProMálaga has teamed up with S3Transportation to bring forty Rad Power e-bikes to this urban city. Citizens interested in participating in the ELVITEN project can fill out an application for the chance to become one of the users who takes home an e-Bike.
In order to be considered, potential users need to fill out an online survey about their mobility habits, which can be requested via email. Applicants are then assessed on whether they fit the requirements to become a user, including having a valid drivers license. Selected users must then fill out a project participation contract and download the ELVITEN app which provides all of the information about the vehicle. Users receive the bike, an authorized helmet, a portable charger and an anti-theft security system that is to be utilised every time the bike is in use. Users also have access to e-Hubs located around the city where the bike can be charged and stored. Users are then allowed to enjoy their new bikes for a total of two months!
The selection of users has already begun. If you live in Málaga, visit our Youtube page to learn more about how you can join!
Berlin Mobility Act: Working Towards Full Sustainability
Berlins public transportation systems are considered to be one of the best in the world. The city is efficiently connected through the U-Bahn (underground or subway), the S-Bahn (light rail), buses and trams. While the U-Bahn is the most efficient way of getting around the inner city, the S-Bahn comes in handy for covering larger distances. Buses, trams and bicycles come in more useful when trying to travel shorter distances. Despite the city being very well connected, a set of wheels is often needed in order to travel to locations outside of the city centre. With most Berliners not owning a car, ride-sharing platforms have become the cheapest, most efficient and sustainable way to get around the city.
This wave of sustainable urban mobility is all due to the Berlin Mobility Act, which strives to create a balance between cars, bicycles, public transport and pedestrians. The goal is to improve the efficiency of transport mobility as a whole, support the Berlin Senate to make car traffic in Berlin climate-neutral by 2050, and eliminate the number of fatalities and seriously injured persons, also known as vision zero. Two important measures included in the act are to redesign dangerous junctions and to create safe bicycle lanes along all main roads.
Berlin is well on its way to achieving its goals. ELVITEN contributes to this vision by working closely with project partner Hubject to bring 10 e-Scooters to Berlin. Increasing shared mobility and integrating existing charging networks, ELVITEN contributes to Berlins goal of becoming more sustainable. #LetsGoElectric
Berlins public transportation systems are considered to be one of the best in the world. The city is efficiently connected through the U-Bahn (underground or subway), the S-Bahn (light rail), buses and trams. While the U-Bahn is the most efficient way of getting around the inner city, the S-Bahn comes in handy for covering larger […]
CREDS e-Bike Study
The Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) in the UK has released a report based on existing research called Shifting the focus: energy demand in a net-zero carbon UK. The study highlighted that electric vehicles aren’t actually the best form of transportation when considering environmental impact or urban traffic.
Due to their lower operation cost, electric cars are likely to increase, contributing to further congestion in cities. While electric cars do provide a more environmentally sustainable alternative to gas powered vehicles, they do not address the issue of congestion or inactivity. The CREDS report found that active forms of transportation such as electric bikes, were better solutions to reducing traffic and alleviating health concerns.
The study found that over time, electric cars will likely increase the number of cars on the road due to their lower cost to operate than gas vehicles. This will result in further congestion in cities, an increase in urban sprawl and potentially negative societal health impacts in the form of obesity.
The report states:
“Relying mainly on electrification of vehicles to reach carbon targets can have the consequence of increasing traffic congestion because of the lower cost and lower taxation of electric fuel. Everyday travel should be shifted to the most sustainable modes. Priority on roads should be given to walking, cycling (including e-bikes and e-scooters) and public transport.”
ELVITEN aims to establish and integrate a network of Electric Light Vehicles in six pilot cities: Malaga, Berlin, Trikala, Genoa, Rome and Bari.
The Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) in the UK has released a report based on existing research called Shifting the focus: energy demand in a net-zero carbon UK. The study highlighted that electric vehicles aren’t actually the best form of transportation when considering environmental impact or urban traffic. Due to their lower operation […]
ELVITEN at ICNC 2019
The Intercharge Network Conference (ICNC) is a two day international conference on the future of mobility. It has become the global go-to event for new mobility professionals and business leaders. Now in its fifth year, the conference took place on 13 and 14 June in Berlin, one of the ELVITEN pilot cities. It attracted about 1.000 participants and included selectively invited international industry, start-ups, academia and policy representatives as well as the media.
The intercharge network, which is provided through Hubject GmbH, connects various emobility players and provides Electric Vehicle drivers with simple and customer-friendly access to charging stations throughout all of Europe. The platform is seen as a neutral and open pan-European market place that provides an ideal fertile soil for various business models and solutions. The ELVITEN project was prominently represented via a booth that was integrated into the Hubject Research and Development booth. The booth was marked by an ELVITEN dedicated backdrop and a screen that was continuously showing the recently released movie about Berlin’s pilot for ELVITEN: The ZeroFleet.
The ZeroFleet is a pilot that is running parallelly with the demonstrations occurring in the other five pilot cities. It follows the framework of ELVITEN and shares similar goals: to promote the usage of Light Electric vehicles (EL-Vs). Using the ten ZeroScooters, the Berlin pilot site collects trip data via black boxes. Data is also collected through questionnaires administered to ZeroPilots (users). The goal of ELVITEN is to analyse all the collected data from the six cities and create guidelines for ideal business models as well as their integration into urban transport systems.
The eScooters are offered as a long-term sharing scheme, which means that people can rent a scooter for free for three weeks in a row. The test driver will act like the owner of the vehicle and take it home and be responsible for charging it. This allows for the black boxes to document and collect data on realistic trips stemming from the everyday lives of different people. Via the ZeroZone Website, interested users can apply for a specific three-week-cycle. Hubject’s ZeroFleet manager then coordinates the timeslots and sends out confirmations along with instructions on when and where to pick up the scooter and how to fill out the questionnaires.
The ICNC was the perfect place to not only present the ZeroFleet but to acquire potential test users for the pilot from among the many visitors interested in “new mobility”. It also presented the perfect situation to begin discussions on the ideal ecosystems for EL-Vs and their integration into urban transport systems with global eMobility experts.
CIVITAS Award Ceremony
On 2 October in Graz, Austria, CIVITAS will host its 17th edition of the CIVITAS Forum Conference. The forum brings together industry leaders from all over the continent and beyond to discuss and analyse the most pressing mobility issues and come up with pioneering solutions to bring better and cleaner transport to Europe. As is part of the tradition, CIVITAS will hold an Awards Ceremony during the forum that will highlight some of the most innovative, ambitious and successful sustainable urban mobility work that is currently being carried out.
A call has been launched for applications to the 2019 CIVITAS Awards. All cities that have signed the CIVITAS Declaration and are members of the CIVITAS Forum Network are are invited to apply by 19 July (those interested in applying who have not yet become Forum members may complete and sign the declaration here). There are four categories in which applicants can win prizes, with the possibility of entries in multiple categories. The four categories are as follows:
- The Bold Measure award rewards a daring approach that has yet to be implemented and examples of ambition leading to successful outcomes
- The Citizen & Stakeholder Engagement award rewards a city that has successfully engaged its citizens and/or relevant stakeholders to tackle local urban mobility challenge
- The CIVITAS Legacy award rewards a city that has translated its commitment to the CIVITAS network and sustainable mobility into high-impact, innovative measures
- The Transformation award, which rewards a city that has used mobility measures to transform itself into a smarter and more liveable environment
Winners are selected by the CIVITAS Award Jury, apart from the transformation award that will be chosen by the CIVITAS Political Advisory Committee. The prizes include a custom trophy and letter of acknowledgement signed by the European Commission, visibility through the CIVITAS website and promotional material as well as pan-European media coverage and invitations to EC conferences and workshops organised by DG MOVE.
The CIVITAS awards provides a platform for cities and towns to and share their excellence in the field. Recipients of the award not only have their efforts in policy-making and implementation highlighted but also receive recognition from the European Commission. Winners also serve as role models to other cities and towns all across Europe, inspiring others to create their own initiatives in order to make cleaner and better urban transport.
On 2 October in Graz, Austria, CIVITAS will host its 17th edition of the CIVITAS Forum Conference. The forum brings together industry leaders from all over the continent and beyond to discuss and analyse the most pressing mobility issues and come up with pioneering solutions to bring better and cleaner transport to Europe. As is […]
ELVITEN at The ITS Congress
ELVITEN project partner ERTICO is hosting its 13th European Congress from 3-6 June. Taking place in Eindhoven, it is the largest event entirely dedicated to the digitalisation of transport and smart mobility. As an innovative solution to urban mobility, ELVITEN will also be there to contribute to the week of learning about the latest ITS technologies and mobility concepts.
The theme of the 2019 13th European ITS Congress is “Fulfilling ITS Promises” which is all about innovative and impactful solutions that make life and mobility cleaner, safer and more efficient. On Wednesday 5 June at ERTICO stand number 2:1, there will be an overall presentation about ELVITEN along with the NeMo Project from 12:00 to 12:30. Attendees will have a chance to learn more about the project during the information session as well as interact and test apps that have been developed within the project to incentivise users to make use of the vehicles.
The ELVITEN project promotes more innovation, sustainability and connected urban mobility in six pilot sites. It does this by demonstrating the usefulness of electrified L-category vehicles (EL-Vs) for urban transportation. By addressing the issues surrounding wide market deployment of EL-V’s, ELVITEN aims to make users more familiar and facilitate their use.
ELVITEN project partner ERTICO is hosting its 13th European Congress from 3-6 June. Taking place in Eindhoven, it is the largest event entirely dedicated to the digitalisation of transport and smart mobility. As an innovative solution to urban mobility, ELVITEN will also be there to contribute to the week of learning about the latest ITS […]