IL PROGETTO ELVITEN A GENOVA
Genova ha una popolazione di circa 600.000 abitanti con una densità di circa 2.405 abitanti per km2, è la sesta città più grande in termini di popolazione e ospita i porti più importanti d’Italia. Il territorio genovese si sviluppa su un’area di circa 240 km2 e ha una struttura molto articolata e differenziata, con una serie di centralità locali che funzionano da poli attrattori di mobilità e corrispondono a bacini specifici di domanda. In esso risiedono circa 600˙000 abitanti dei quali il 27% supera i 65 anni. I vincoli orografici del territorio, la densità demografica pari a circa 2400 ab/km2 e alcune “accelerazioni” storiche nello sviluppo urbanistico hanno prodotto un sistema infrastrutturale (strade e aree di sosta) in parte inadeguato e soprattutto disomogeneo. La rete stradale si sviluppa per 1406 km con una larghezza media pari a 7 metri, la mobilità sostenibile, quindi, rappresenta una risposta per ridurre l’inquinamento e il rumore. Data la topografia montuosa dell’area,
Caratteristiche dei trasporti
Genova è tra le città più “verdi” in Italia, con una media di circa 47auto ogni 100 abitanti. Il sistema di trasporto pubblico (autobus / metropolitana + treno) viene utilizzato per circa il 27% dei viaggi, ma l’auto privata è ancora il mezzo prevalente, utilizzato per circa il 37% dei trasporti. Solo lo 0,1% (~ 1.000) del totale degli spostamenti giornalieri a Genova viene effettuato in bicicletta. La flotta totale di veicoli a Genova è composta da circa 695 683 veicoli (inclusi automobili, autobus, motocicli, camion, ecc.), di cui il 60.6% di automobili e il 30.8% di motocicli. Lo 0,70 è Ibrido – elettrico.
A Genova ci sono circa 100 EL-V e 16 punti di ricarica pubblici.
Con una flotta di oltre 214.499 di motocicli non elettrificati, Genova ha uno dei più alti rapporti di L-V per abitante in Europa. Il progetto ELVITEN a Genova mira a creare un’ampia rete di ricarica.
ELVITEN offrirà uno strumento di incentivazione, App dedicate e 10 tricicli veicoli elettrici per lo sharing. ELVITEN fornirà EL-Vs per l’uso gratuito. A Genova, ELVITEN ha come target proprietari e utilizzatori di veicoli elettrici leggeri ed aziende.
NEWS / GENOA
ELVITEN Interview Series – KYBURZ Switzerland AG
This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – KYBURZ Switzerland AG, their tasks in the project, and views on Electric Light-Vehicles and urban mobility.
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KYBURZ Switzerland AG develops and produces high-quality electric vehicles for delivery companies, industrial companies, municipalities and private individuals.
The original 3-wheeled KYBURZ electric vehicles for postal delivery have become an integral part of the roadscape in many countries. KYBURZ is an international leader in high-quality mobility and transport solutions for the last mile.
Finding pleasure in development while focusing on sustainability and environmentally friendly methods and products KYBURZ Switzerland AG is looking forward to the future and can build on its solid basis of craftsmanship and many years of experience. The warranty for the service and maintenance of its products is one of the company’s highest priorities as well as being an important line of business.
Tens of thousands of proven KYBURZ DXP delivery vehicles are in use in many European countries as well as Australia. This need-based application of reliable and safe vehicles is requested for collection and delivery at low cost of ownership. It is used in many ways and constantly optimized like every product by KYBURZ.
In addition to the delivery of twenty vehicles, KYBURZ’ part in the ELVITEN project is the transfer of data from all kind of vehicles to the ELVITEN cloud platform. Usage data, motion data, or technical data: the KYBURZ fleet box captures available information of all kind of vehicles like e-bikes or Electric Light-Vehicles and transmit them to a server by mobile network. With this technical service KYBURZ provides the data basis for the scientific evaluations and studies within the ELVITEN project.
As a market orientated medium enterprise which employs around 150 people KYBURZ’s motivation to participate in the ELVITEN project has many reasons: The collaboration with an international team of researching scientists may be one. The practical application and ongoing development of the company’s own data transmission system is a central interest in joining the ELVITEN project besides the connection to different partners with experience in the sharing economy.
Urban as well as suburban mobility as we know it today really calls for new approaches. Traffic space in European cities is limited by the historical development. While maintaining individual forms of mobility, only a reduction in vehicle size and mass and the sharing of transport modes can be a solution. Electric Light-Vehicles (EL-V) will play a major role in this process.
KYBURZ Switzerland as a producer of LE-Vs is constantly gaining new knowledge and experience, which is used in the optimization and development of lightweight forms of electric mobility. At the same time, there are still many questions to be answered in this topic: Does the individual mobility of people follow the same path as the transport, distribution and delivery of goods?
Individual mobility behaviour of many people is very irrational in many different ways. A change in mobility will be implemented by financially precisely calculating companies. Electric Light-Vehicles (EL-V) yet started to be the financially more attractive solution for the distribution of goods in European cities.
Improved knowledge about mobility, as gained in the Elviten project, supplemented with the already existing advantages of Electric Light-Vehicles, will massively change the urban and suburban street scene in the near future. KYBURZ Switzerland is convinced to be a leading partner for this transformation following the Martin Kyburz’s (CEO, founder and owner) words: “Each and every one of us is responsible for positively influencing world events and only when everyone does, we will have the chance to succeed.”
This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – KYBURZ Switzerland AG, their tasks in the project, and views on Electric Light-Vehicles and urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! KYBURZ Switzerland AG develops and produces high-quality electric vehicles for delivery companies, industrial companies, municipalities and private individuals. […]
Perceptions and use of light electric vehicles in Bari, Rome, Genoa, Malaga, Berlin and Trikala: Citizens’ survey
ELVITEN is testing different schemes for sharing, rental or ownership of light EVs through demonstrations in six European cities. The project evaluates the potential for light EVs to replace trips in cities currently made by car, van or motorcycle, for both personal trips and business trips (including use by companies for small deliveries).
This short survey is aimed at citizens living in or near one of the six demonstration cities (or who visit one of them regularly): Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome, Trikala,
It asks about your regular mode of transport for local urban trips (before and after the COVID-19 restrictions) and your views on light EVs (whether you use them or not).
It is completely anonymous and does not ask any personal information.
The survey is available in English, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish (select using the drop-down “Languages” box on the top right of the screen in the survey).
To respond to the survey (until 31 July 2020), please follow this link.
ELVITEN is testing different schemes for sharing, rental or ownership of light EVs through demonstrations in six European cities. The project evaluates the potential for light EVs to replace trips in cities currently made by car, van or motorcycle, for both personal trips and business trips (including use by companies for small deliveries). This short […]
ELVITEN Interview Series – T Bridge
This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which Simone Porru (PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering) – Functional Analyst at T Bridge, shares his role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as views on urban mobility.
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A short introduction of your organisation.
T Bridge is a consulting and ICT company driven by innovation and expertise. With over one hundred experts, T Bridge has been working on the local public transport and ICT in Italy and all over Europe, with companies, local public authorities and their technical departments. By providing consulting services on process analysis, functional design, architectural design, and integrated solutions implementation, and technical and methodological support for enterprises and government agencies, T Bridge supports its customers in devising development strategies, creating innovation processes, and building corporate culture to foster growth and generate value. To achieve its mission, T Bridge designs and implements cutting-edge strategies by integrating management consulting and ICT expertise, heavily investing in methodologies, organisational knowledge, and resources development, making them its main success key factors.
What is your task/responsibility in the ELVITEN project?
In the ELVITEN project, I have been mainly working on the ICT requirements analysis, on the integration and deployment of the ICT tools for the ELVITEN mobility services, and on the coordination of software maintenance activities. As leader of the Work Package (WP) on ICT platform and tools, T Bridge coordinated the software development efforts that led to the deployment of the e-mobility applications, necessary for the success of the ELVITEN demonstrations. While I initially worked on defining the requirements, with the main objective of collecting all the data coming from different localized e-mobility services into a central platform, and then on coordinating the development of localized software solutions, I was especially involved in the development of the Incentive Smart App, which leveraged the EPPI platform devised by Softeco and Quaeryon in a previous project. Citizens showed great interest towards the incentive app, thus proving that rewarding virtuous behaviours can effectively promote interest towards electric vehicles and increase their usage.
What was your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?
T Bridge has been committed to devising innovative solutions for urban e-mobility services since the Ele.C.Tra project, in which it was the technical coordinator. Considering our previous experience, we immediately recognized the full innovation potential behind the main concept of ELVITEN, also understanding that it represented for our company the most natural, timely continuation of our previous work in Ele.C.Tra. We joined the project with the main goal of sharing and increasing our expertise in urban e-mobility, by leveraging and building on our previous collaboration with local businesses and public administrations to give our contribution in devising unique, customized solutions for the city of Genoa and the other demonstration sites, while aiming at integrating all the localized e-mobility services to collect all the data in a single platform. From my personal point of view, I was excited by the idea of collaborating with such a large number of mobility experts, both from industry and academia, with the common goal of promoting e-mobility across Europe within different local contexts.
What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?
I believe that light electric vehicles have a huge untapped potential, as shown by their unique advantages with respect to ICE vehicles, especially within the urban context. Each of them provides a unique driving experience, which is being more and more favourably perceived, as we get used to their presence and understand how the numerous different typologies of electric vehicles, each with its own distinctive features, can better suit specific mobility needs. In most European major cities, electric vehicles seem to blend with the atmosphere of the old city centres, providing a silent means of transport, quietly but swiftly moving through narrow streets that would easily amplify even the slightest noise, making them a better alternative to ICE vehicles. The disruptive changes triggered by the ongoing pandemic have also led to an increasing interest towards personal mobility means, a segment where electric vehicles shine.
During the ELVITEN project, we also had the chance to shed light on limiting features which, if resolved, would certainly result in greater adoption of light electric vehicles. More specifically, thanks to the drivers’ issue reports collected via the Unifying App, two key issues stood out: comfort and safety, and policies. Light electric vehicles are expected to be as comfortable as their ICE counterparts, as the European citizen is highly concerned with build quality and driving experience. On the other hand, policies can boost adoption by making the use of light electric vehicles even more cost-effective and convenient than ICE vehicles.
Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility?
EL-Vs are reshaping the urban environment by adding variety to mobility solutions. New usage schemes are flourishing thanks to EL-Vs increasing adoption, giving the impression that citizens are more and more aware that they can optimize the cost-effectiveness and convenience of their urban trips by using the most suitable transportation vehicles and services for a specific mobility need. Last, but not least, as adoption increases, citizens are being made even more aware about the sustainability of urban movements with regard to air (and noise) pollution.
What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?
Considering the most recent disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe that the future market for urban mobility will be more favourable to environmentally-friendly and, at least in the mid-term, to personal transport vehicles. This is because individuals are increasingly aware about the advantages brought by the decrease in urban pollution triggered by lockdown measures, and the safety ensured by personal vehicles, which are more sanitization- and prevention-friendly. We must be aware that even temporary changes can trigger long-lasting changes in behaviours. Local authorities will have to consider that citizens will most probably turn to safer mobility habits, thus possibly trying to avoid overcrowded public transportation whenever possible. Innovative solutions and timely decisions will be crucial to avoid unmanageable changes in traffic patterns and to take advantage of the current situation, thus laying the foundations for a long-term virtuous cycle. Policies will need to be adjusted to fit this new scenario, and will be key to embrace the change and take this chance to make electric mobility gain momentum.
This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which Simone Porru (PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering) – Functional Analyst at T Bridge, shares his role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as views on urban mobility. Enjoy the reading! A short introduction of your organisation. T Bridge is […]