On 12 April 2019, FIA Region I showcased the ELVITEN project at the FIA Smart Cities Forum in Rome.
On the occasion, the Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, presented the project and Rome’s involvement. Indeed, Rome, as one of ELVITEN’s pilot cities, will host an e-bike sharing pilot which includes 8 charging hubs, parking 78 electric bicycles. Users will also be able to book one of the bicycles by using a custom mobile app.
The FIA Smart Cities Forum consists of a series of high-level conferences to discuss how private and public actors can lead the new mobility transition. The theme of this year’s event was “Innovation in the Eternal City”. In honour of the first-ever Formula E race in Rome, leaders in development and sustainability gathered to share their insights regarding the future of urban mobility in rapidly growing cities. The current challenges for urban mobility discussed at the event were congestion, pollution, lack of mobility choices and poor safety measures.
Among others, the event was attended by Andrew McKellar (Secretary General for Automobile Mobility and Tourism, FIA) Alejandro Agag (CEO Formula E Holdings), and Virginia Raggi (Mayor of Rome).
ELVITEN demonstrates the usefulness of light electrified vehicles for urban transportation. The focus is on bicycles, scooters, tricycles and quadricycles (EL-VS). ELVITEN is present in six different demonstration cities where it tries to achieve a mind-shift among users by providing them with a better EL-V experience. FIA Region I contributes in several areas such as user engagement, communication and event dissemination.