Riksbyggen's Brf Viva is the first to introduce the Zbee electric vehicle in its vehicle pool
Soon the residents of Brf Viva can zoom around in a Zbee, a light electric vehicle a mix between a bike and a car. Riksbyggen's Brf Viva in Gothenburg is being built without residential parking spaces and instead, offers new mobility solutions. Riksbyggen has started a collaboration with GoRide on shared mobility with vehicles from Clean Motion.
May 2nd is the start of a five-month pilot where the residents of Brf Viva can book and use a Zbee, which is a light electric vehicle for urban passenger transport. It has been a prerequisite right from the start of the project with Brf Viva, that it is accommodation without owned cars but that there should be other mobility solutions that reduce the need for a personal car. There will be four "ordinary" electric cars in the vehicle pool as well as five electric bikes and four electric cargo bicycles.
- We're now taking one step further and are expanding the vehicle pool in Brf Viva with a new type of electric vehicle. Riksbyggen is testing new innovations in Brf Viva to create a more sustainable housing environment, from how the houses have been built to make it easier for residents to live more sustainably, says Charlotta Brolin, sustainability specialist, Riksbyggen.
A Zbee is optimized for shorter trips in cities and a unique alternative between bike and car. The introduction of Zbee together with bicycles and cars provides a whole new pool of vehicles that covers all needs from short trips to the shops to long trips to the countryside.
- In fact, the majority of today's transport needs can already be carried out with vehicles that are both smoother and more environmentally friendly than an ordinary car. As Brf Viva is a Positive Footprint Housing project, it feels quite natural that there is a Zbee to use. It will be very interesting to see how it is received by the residents of Brf Viva, says Christoffer Sveder from Clean Motion.
- Zbee complements regular bikes and cargo bikes excellently. They offer larger transport options while providing excellent protection from weather and wind. We believe that users of the pool will realize that they only need a car in exceptional cases, says Markus Östlund from GoRide.
Riksbyggen, Västtrafik and EC2B are also testing a new digital service in Brf Viva that will make it easier for people to combine different modes of transport, such as bicycle, car pool and public transport. In the project, which is part of the EU project IRIS Smart Cities, solutions are tested and developed at Riksbyggen for instance, and then copied and replicated in the other cities of the project and further across the EU.
The vehicles are booked through the digital mobility service EC2B, which is developed by Trivector in collaboration with Riksbyggen, GoRide and Västtrafik within the IRIS Lighthouse project. The EC2B service aims at making it easier for people to combine different modes of transport, such as bicycle, car pool and public transport. In the IRIS project, solutions are tested and developed in three Lighthouse cities (Gothenburg, Utrecht and Nice), and then replicated in other cities within and beyond the project.
The development of mobility services is part of the research within Positive Footprint Housing, PFH. PFH is interdisciplinary research for holistic thinking about innovative sustainable housing and urban development. The work in PFH will result in increased environmental, social and economic sustainability where gained insights and lessons will receive their first practical application in Brf Viva. The project was initiated by Riksbyggen in collaboration with, among others, Johanneberg Science Park, Chalmers, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg Energi, Gothenburg City and RISE.
IRIS Smart Cities is coordinated by Johanneberg Science Park on behalf of the City of Gothenburg.