Electrified L-category Vehicles Integrated into Transport and Electricity Networks

ELVITEN is an H2020 European project consisted of 21 partners from 9 European Countries that aims to boost the usage of all categories of light electric vehicles (EL-Vs), including bicycles, scooters, tricycles and quadricycles, in urban environment and ultimately to achieve a mind-shift among users by providing them with a better EL-V experience.

The ELVITEN consortium has the following principal objectives:

  • First, it seeks to make users more familiar and facilitate them to use EL-Vs instead of ICE vehicles for their private transport and for light urban deliveries.
  • Second, it attempts to collect rich information sets made of real usage data, traces from dedicated ICT tools, and usersʼ opinions after real trips.
  • Third it will generate detailed guidelines and business models for service providers, Planning Authorities and manufacturers in order to make EL-Vs more attractive and more integrated in the transport and electricity networks.

ELVITEN will holistically tackle all issues impeding the wide market deployment of EL-Vs, by proposing replicable usage schemes to boost ownership or sharing of all categories of EL-Vs by systematic and occasional urban travellers and by light delivery companies. Existing charge points in the ELVITEN Demonstration Cities, including private ones, will be integrated in a Brokering and Booking service and EL-V charging possibilities will be integrated in the biggest eRoaming platform in the market, to enable EL-V users to charge independently from charge point operators. Sharing services will be set up and supporting policies and incentives will be put in place. ICT tools will be deployed to support and motivate EL-Vs usage, including a Brokering and a Booking service for EL-Vs and charge points, an EL-V fleet monitoring tool and Eco-Drive app, a Serious Game and an Incentive Management Smart Card.

One-year long demonstrations with 383 equipped EL-Vs of all categories in Genoa, Rome, Bari, Malaga, Berlin and Trikala, will allow the collection of a big data bank of trip data and usersʼ experiences and opinions after the trips. The analysis will shed light on the real driving and charging patterns of EL-Vs, on reported problems encountered and on the usersʼ opinions and perceptions.
A Cost Benefit Analysis will evaluate the potential market uptake of EL-Vs. Sustainable business models will be proposed for sharing, rental, parking or charge services for EL-Vs and for the deployed ICT tools. Guidelines to EL-V manufacturers and to Planning Authorities will be prepared and agreements will be signed with another 50 Follower Cities so that they transfer in their own regions the ELVITEN usage schemes.

ICCS is the ELVITEN project coordinator, responsible for all operational and administrative coordination tasks and the project technical manager, responsible for ensuring that the technical work and deliverables conform to the planned schedule and budget and that the project meets its technological objectives. It is also responsible for the definition of the demonstrations methodology (T2.1), leader of the ELVITEN Demonstrations (WP4) and responsible for the acceptance evaluation (T5.3). ICCS will also work closely with the whole project consortium for the best planning of the ELVITEN dissemination activities towards the wide promotion of the project final results to all interested stakeholders.