Experimenting the use of e-bicycles involving University students
Through an agreement between Enel Green Power and the “Roma Tre” University, an experimentation of 18-months was promoted in the city of Rome aimed at developing electric mobility in order to contribute to reduce emission of greenhouse gases: 30 e-bicycles were made available to the students and data on their use were collected. The data collected were analyzed through reports on the man-bicycle-city relationship, and the related effects in economic, social and environmental terms. The project consisted of 4 phases: Phase 1: START-UP: Opening day and e-bike delivery; Phase 2: EXPERIMENTATION: Use of e-bikes and data collection according to the travel diary method; Phase 3: ANALYSIS of the data collected and report;

Resources needed

E-bicycles on loan for free use with on-board technology for collecting travel data relating to - at least - one year of use of vehicles.
Characteristics of bicycles: Autonomy: 25 km;

Evidence of success

30 students traveled 17,500 kilometers a year on a bicycle, obtaining more than 2,000€ in savings on petrol and 120 kg less CO2 in the air than a scooter. Every student has used the bike for an average of 790 km, covering an average of 5km each trip for a duration of 20'. Almost 80% of the trips were to go to university or work or to run errands. As a result of the project, a service has been set up that provides a fleet of automated collection bicycles, free of charge for students and employees

Difficulties encountered

1. giving impulse to the use of the e-bicycles among students; 2. carrying out an analysis on the development’s potential of cycling in Rome; 3. testing the adaptability of an e-bike model in the city of Rome.

Potential for learning or transfer

A change of behavior is encouraged, starting from the young generations, in fact the respect for the environment takes into account the direct involvement of university students. The agreement between the Roma Tre University and Enel Green Power has allowed the development of electric mobility.

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Main institution
Lazio Region
Lazio, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
July 2012
End Date
July 2014


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