After the bus without a driver, the Municipality of Trikala in Greece, puts into circulation in urban environment five electric cars, which can be used by the residents as well as the visitors of the city.
On Wednesday, two of them, which were produced under the European project ELVITEN, which is being implemented by e-trikala SA with the Research Institute of Communications and Computer Systems of the National Technical University of Athens, were presented.
The Elvite program is co-funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 program. Its aim is to promote the use of light-duty electric vehicles (EL-Vs), such as scooter bikes, tricycles and quadricycles. There are 6 European cities: Trikala, Berlin, Rome, Genoa, Malaga, Bari. In each city, a different light vehicle propulsion system is implemented.
The vehicles were manufactured by Kyburz based in Switzerland. They are electrically powered and can be charged in a simple socket while the batteries have a range of 60 – 100 km, depending, of course, on the driving style. The charging time varies from 6 to 11 hours, and the top speed can reach 35 km/h.
In statements, the chairman of e-trikala SA, Yiannis Kotoulas, noted:
It is time for citizens and visitors to use electric vehicles. The professionals of the Municipality of Trikala have been using them for 15 days. These are five vehicles, three will be in the central square and two will be in Matsopoulos Park. It can be used by any citizen or visitor simply by demonstrating his identity. And with a machine driving license. They are insured, have registration plates, are perfectly legal to use, can go anywhere, have a range of about 80 km and a top speed of about 35 km. They will be here for a year.
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