The city of Zurich hosted the FIA Smart Cities Forum that took place on the 10 June 2018. The event with the theme “Smart Data for Shaping the Cities of Tomorrow” was the perfect occasion to gather stakeholders interested in the future of mobility to discuss on today’s smart cities challenges and developments. Started in 2017, the forum aims to encourage stakeholders to address concerns such as pollution, congestion and road safety and bring potential solutions to these problems with regards to urban mobility.
In this context, the ELVITEN project exhibited two of the Electric Light Vehicles (EL-Vs) provided by the Swiss company Kyburz, one of the 21 project partners. The two fully electric vehicles, suitable for professional and private transport, were located at the auditorium where the discussions were taking place.
The discussion was opened by Peter Goetschi, President of the Touring Club Suisse with keynote speakers such as David Zipper, Resident Fellow of the Urban and Regional Policy Program of the German Marshall Fund, Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General of Polis and Nathan Borgford-Parnell, Science Affairs Officer at the Climate and Clean Air Coalition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
In order to reach the project’s objectives, FIA Region I carried out a public survey to collect data on citizens’ attitudes towards EL-Vs. Around 7,400 answers were collected from road users in Rome, Bari, Genoa, Malaga, Berlin and Trikala. The project has been organising round tables and workshops in each city to evaluate usage schemes and how to approach local stakeholders.
The FIA Region I is also leading an awareness campaign that will target users in the different project locations and that aims to inform them about the use and functionalities of EL-Vs. The campaign also encourages citizens to join public demonstrations of Electric Light Vehicles, scheduled to start in November 2018.
These types of vehicles, together with e-bikes and e-scooters will be showcased during a nine-month round of demonstrations that will be organised in six cities around Europe including Berlin, Rome and Málaga. The project, that kicked off in November last year, has the objective of encouraging European citizens to use alternative and clean means of transportation for their urban traveling. It has been funded under the Horizon 2020 programme seeks to make cities more intelligent and sustainable and collect data on the use of EL-Vs, which is a key aspect for the deployment of this type of vehicles in Europe.