Persuasive Electric Vehicle (PEV)
The Persuasive Electric Vehicle (PEV) is designed to encourage healthy lifestyle habits and provide a sustainable means of transportation. It combines the benefits of an electric powered vehicle, of an autonomous vehicle and of the shared bicycle programs.
-In transportation of goods mode, the PEV could cover delivery on what is known as “the last urban mile”. In other words, the PEV could be used as an autonomous courier service taking advantage of its attributes –small and maneuverable– to efficiently service congested city areas or cuts in traffic.
-In passenger transport mode, the PEV would function as a bicycle providing more safety and comfort thanks to its structural design, which offers more protection than conventional bikes, as well as its electrical assistance system, easing effort while pedaling.
On September 23rd 2016, the Comú of Escaldes-Engordany and the Foundation signed a collaborative agreement for promoting innovation and technology. The town council is sensitive to new technologies and they see the deployment of new initiatives or projects that favor innovation as an opportunity to promote entrepreneurial spirit and to transform the parish. Furthermore they have provided technicians with spaces in the parish to carry out field tests.
Citizens involvement in the creation/innovation process allows the end user to participate in the prototype´s design improvement and, therefore, for the final product to be better accepted.
On September 24th 2016, a pilot test for the PEV took place at the Coprínceps Square.