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ELMOS activities in Rostock successfully completed

With the political adoption of the e-mobility strategy and the opening of the 5th pedelec rental station in Warnemünde as the last steps, the ELMOS activities in the German forerunner city Rostock were successfully completed by 30 April 2015.

Please find an overview on the main activities and outcomes of the ELMOS project in Rostock here

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Pedelec rental stations of the demonstrator project on a digital map

On the website http://www.elros-leihen.de/ you can find an embedded map of Google Maps with all elros pedelec rental stations at a glance. Under the slogan “elros – electric mobility in Rostock” Rostocker Straßenbahn AG hat set up a fleet of 34 pedelecs, which can be accessed from 3 pedelec rental stations in the city:

  • Rostock Reutershagen,
  • Rostock Lütten Klein,
  • Rostock Warnemünde

and 2 satellite stations in the surroundings:

  • Baltic Sea resort Nienhagen,
  • Bad Doberan.

The new electric mobility services are tested since September 2013. To the fully automated pedelec hire system belongs an electronic booking and payment system. An elros pedelec can be booked up to 8 weeks in advance. You need only a PC or smartphone. Day visitors can get an elros day ticket for € 19.00 without prior registration from the following sales partners of the Rostocker Straßenbahn AG: Tourist information Seaside resort Warnemünde, Tourist information Bad Doberan-Heiligendamm and spa administration of the Baltic Sea resort Nienhagen.

On the website elros-leihen.de the map with the elros pedelec rental stations is interactive. By clicking on the cycle icon users get more information like address and photo of the station, number of pedelec boxes as well number of luggage boxes: http://www.rsag-online.de/elros/mietstationen   

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Promotion of elros pedelec for tourists and day visitors in the Seaside resort Warnemünde

elros pedelec Promotion in front of the Touist Information of the Seaside resort Warnemünde (©Janette Heidenreich)

On April 10, the RSAG presented the elros pedelecs to tourists and day visitors in the Seaside resort Warnemünde. Interested people could test drive for free the new elros pedelecs.

Day tickets for € 19 are available from April to October at the Tourist information of the Seaside resort Warnemünde.

The Tourist information is located 250 meters away from the pedelec rental station on the church square.

With an elros day ticket users can go for a ride for max. 24 hours - even overlapping days: e.g. today from 14.00 till tomorrow 14.00.

More Information: www.elros-leihen.de

Promotion for tourism professionals „Fit for 2015“

presentation of elros-pedelecs to tourism professionals of the Hanseativ City of Rostock (© Michael Reitz)

On April 15, the Rostocker Straßenbahn AG (RSAG) presented their elros-p edelecs to tourism professionals of the Hanseatic City of Rostock.

The invitation of urban tourism center was addressed to Concierge, sales representatives, receptionists, guides, individual hosts and trainees.  

More than 50 tourism professionals take the opportunity to find out about new offers as well as events for tourists and day visitors.

Special offer of the RSAG was the new day ticket for the rental of an elros-pedelecs without registration on the Internet.

Especially small hotels and guesthouses were interested in this new solution.

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The Hanseatic City of Rostock has adopted the e-mobility strategy as a framework to promote electric mobility and as a technical paper on the “Mobility Plan Future”

At the 25 of March the City Council of the Hanseatic City of Rostock adopted the e-mobility strategy which also includes an action plan “Electric Mobility”. By means of the electric mobility strategy and the action plan, the Hanseatic City of Rostock pursues a coordinated expansion of its previous e-mobility activities and the long-term establishment of e-mobility in the city and the region. With a time horizon until 2030, the Hanseatic City of Rostock sets a strategic frame for electric mobility for the first time, which has, in particular, been aligned with the aims and provisions of the Mobility Plan Future.


The electric mobility strategy is intended to activate further municipal, private sector and political actors to get involved in the local introduction and continuation of electric mobility and thus to contribute jointly to a more ecologically sound and economically efficient transport system. From the strategy development process, the primary objective ensures:

Electric Mobility in Rostock in 2030

  • In the future, electric mobility in the Hanseatic City of Rostock is integrated even stronger as an integral part of the entire transport system and it plays a prominent role in sustainable urban planning and urban development.
  • The advantages of electric mobility are exploited to expand local and regional multimodal use of transport modes and to further its attractiveness. Furthermore, electric mobility offers impulses for new mobility services and patterns of consumption.
  • Linking public electric transport with new forms of e-mobility for individual, business and freight transport considerably contributes to strengthening sustainable transport modes and plays a key part in the envisaged transfer of motorised individual transport towards more sustainable modes (target: 70%).
  • Electric mobility supports the goals of the Hanseatic City of Rostock in the fields of transport, energy and climate and thus contributes to environmental improvement.

The Action Plan “Electric Mobility”

Whereas the strategy describes the mission statements, goals, fields of action and the approach to measure selection for the expansion of electric mobility, the action plan (annex to the strategy) defines more than 20 concrete measures for strategy implementation. The measures mentioned in the action plan range from measures strengthening multi-modal travel such as a mobility card and portal to e-car and pedelec-pooling concepts for businesses, municipal (e-)fleet management and the provision of information material on electric vehicles and e-mobility services. Financial requirements resulting from the Action Plan should be soon discussed with all stakeholders and submitted to the City Council of the Hanseatic City of Rostock until October 2015.

The e-mobility strategy and the action plan show that the Hanseatic City of Rostock is ready to further improve the quality of life in the city for its inhabitants. In addition, it wants to contribute to achieving the goals of the “National Development Plan for Electric Mobility“ and to play a pioneering role in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern when it comes to electric mobility.

You can download the German version of the e-mobility strategy here 

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5th pedelec rental station of the Demonstrator ”elros – Elektromobilität in Rostock” is launched

The new pedelec rental station in Rostock-Warnemünde (© Joachim Kloock)

Yesterday Rostocker Straßenbahn took the 5th pedelec rental stations in operation. The new station is located in the centre of the Seaside resort Rostock-Warnemünde - next to the Protestant church. The new pedelec rental station in Rostock-Warnemünde belongs to the fully automated pedelec rental system of the Rostocker Straßenbahn AG – the demonstrator within the European project “ELMOS”.

Compared to the other, the new station has a special feature: Integrated are 6 luggage boxes, in where cyclists can store their luggage for 24 hours. And two of the luggage boxes are equipped with a 230V charging socket.

Tourists and day visitors, who want to take a day trip to the elros-pedelec, can get the elros day pass for € 19 from the Tourist information of the Seaside resort Rostock-Warnemünde. With the elros day pass, users can go for a ride for max. 24 hours – even overlapping days: e.g. todoy from 14.00 till tomorrow 14.00.

Information about the pedelec rental system and registration for duration users on the website www.elros-leihen.de

The Hanseatic City of Rostock has elaborated the draft of the electric mobility strategy

The draft of the e-mobility strategy has been created in a participatory development process including the involvement of relevant stakeholders from local politics, business and various interest groups. In total, more than 50 experts were involved through an online survey on the future of e-mobility in Rostock and two electric mobility fora. The process was coordinated by the project steering group “e-mobility”.

By means of the electric mobility strategy and the action plan, the Hanseatic City of Rostock pursues a coordinated expansion of its previous e-mobility activities and the long-term establishment of e-mobility in the city and the region.

With a time horizon until 2030, the Hanseatic City of Rostock sets a strategic frame for electric mobility for the first time, which has, in particular, been aligned with the aims and provisions of the Mobility Plan Future. In spring 2015 the City Council is expected to adopt the strategy for the Hanseatic City of Rostock. 

You can download the abstract of the e-mobility strategy here 

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Integrated intermodal electric mobility strategy for the Hanseatic City of Rostock nearly completed

Under the responsibility of the local mobility coordinator of the Hanseatic City of Rostock the last step to completing the electric mobility strategy for the municipality was done with the finally meeting of the local project team on December, 9. Representatives of different municipal departments and companies agreed on the final draft of the electric mobility strategy and the action plan.

The strategy includes a description of the initial situation, the results of the SWOT analysis, the overarching mission statement and guiding principles in the identified fields of action.

The Action Plan sets out concrete measures to implement the electric mobility strategy for the following fields of activity:

  • multi-modality
  • the electrified community
  • the tourism industry
  • around the economy and services
  • electric sharing services

In the next spring the City Council is expected to adopt the strategy for the Hanseatic City of Rostock. The strategy will be a part of the new integrated “Mobility Plan Future” (Mobilitätsplan Zukunft) which is under development now and legal until 2030. 

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Second Electric Mobility Forum in Rostock

Welcome speech of Holger Matthäus, senator for construction & environment (© Hanseatic City of Rostock)

On November 7, 2014, nearly 50 experts from the city administration, associations, companies and research institutions participated in the second electric mobility forum at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce to Rostock.  

The aims of the second forum were discussions about goals and fields of activity as well as concrete actions. By the end of 2014 the Hanseatic City of Rostock will establish a long-term electric mobility strategy and as well as an action plan.

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Rostock participated at the joint Conference of UBC and City of Gdynia "Baltic Sea Region advancing towards sustainable urban mobility planning", 23-24 Oct 2014

© Steffen Nozon

The mobility coordinator of Rostock Mr Steffen Nozon has been invited to the conference to contribute the experiences from the Hanseatic City of Rostock concerning the planning process for the new masterplan for mobility - so called "Mobility Plan Future", but also disseminate the results and lessons learned from the abc.multimodal and elmos-project.
The concept of the sustainable urban mobility plan - SUMP - built the background for discussing new mobility offers and future cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region on sustainable mobility together with about 80 participants.

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Review of test rides of the elros pedelecs on the trade fair "RoBau" in Sept 2014

@ Hanseatic City of Rostock

The Hanseatic City of Rostock participated in the fair „RoBau“ on 26th to 28th of September in Rostock. The RoBau has been the most successful construction fair in northeastern Germany. At the stand space we presented the project elros –Elektromobilität in Rostock. The Visitors got to know more about the rental system in Rostock and they could try the new elros elektric bike.

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Reviwe of Climate Protection Day in the Hanseatic City of Rostock

© Hanseatic City of Rostock

This year, the Climate Protection Day took place during the European Mobility week on the 20th of September in the pedestrian zone near the “Kröpeliner Tor” of the Hanseatic City of Rostock.

Together with colleagues from the municipality and the local transport provider Rostocker Straßenbahn AG we presented the ELMOS project to citizens of te Hanseatic City of Rostock. In a little quiz the people responded questions and could hit a prize. That was very interesting for little children and her parents.

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Demonstrator project “elros” nominated for E-Bike Award 2014

The National Cycling Plan (NRVP) 2020 and the coalition agreement of the new federal government provide for the integration of electric bicycles (Pedelecs) in existing mobility concepts. These Concepts will be rewarded with the E-Bike Award 2014. Prizes will be awarded for the best ideas and projects for sustainable electric mobility in everyday life. The price is awarded within the LEV Conference, the most important international gathering of the light electric vehicle industry, and will be held from 2 to 3 October 2014, on the INTERMOT, the leading international trade fair for motorcycles, in Cologne/Germany.

An independent jury will select the best concepts that will be presented and honored on October 2, 2014 as part of the award ceremony. The demonstrator project of Rostocker Straßenbahn AG “elros – electric mobility in the Hanseatic City of Rostock” is one of eight nominated projects.

Before the award ceremony on October 2, various lectures deal with the theme "electric bikes in public spaces". The guest of honor Rudolf Sharping, president of the Federal German cyclist, will give a keynote on the impact of electric mobility on health. Hannes Neupert, President of the Association Extra Energy, takes a look at the trend that the electric bicycle is increasing worldwide. Subsequently, experts discuss how the pedelec can be an integral part of public transportation. 

The visit of the E-Bike Award ceremony including frame program is free of charge. Applications may be sent by e-mail to ebikeaward@rwe.com. The trade event begins by 13 clock in Rheinsaal Koelnmesse. The award ceremony is scheduled for 19:30 clock.

On  Octuber 3, the LEV-Conference focused on the topic "The pedelec as fleet and rental vehicle" is oganized by ExtraEnergy.org

The programme of E-Bike-Award 2014 ceremony and LEV-Conference 

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More movement for everyday: elros Pedelec Road shows on 21 and 22 August 2014

Next week there are 2 elros pedelec road shows:

  • August 21, from 13:00 to 17:00, in Rostock Lütten Klein on the Boulevard
  • August 22, from 11:00 to 15:00, in Bad Doberan, on the square “Alexandrinenplatz” 

Interested people can intensive test drive for free the new elros pedelecs of the Rostocker Straßenbahn AG.  On site there is a test-it course with a special hill-climbing element with 10% slope. The test drivers can experience the high performance of elros Pedelecs. The elros pedelecs assist drivers to 200% - at the maximum support of the motor are added twice of the driver performance.

The two pedelec road shows are organized by Rostocker Straßenbahn AG, the traffic department of the Hanseatic City of Rostock - partner in the ELMOS project - as well as the non-profit organization ExtraEnergy www.extraenergy.org 

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First Electric Mobility Forum in Rostock

On July 4, 2014, 40 experts from the city administration, associations, companies and research institutions participated in the first electric mobility forum at the “Energy meeting point” of the local energy supplier, Stadtwerke Rostock AG. The aim of the forum was the joint assessment of local conditions for the further development of electric mobility in Rostock. In a SWOT analysis, the strengths and opportunities for the development of new electric mobility services have been developed. Furthermore, creative ideas were collected in the World Café. The results of the first electric mobility forum form the basis for the second in September 2014. By the end of 2014 the Hanseatic City of Rostock will establish a long-term electric mobility strategy and as well as an action plan.

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Demonstrator ”elros – Elektromobilität in Rostock” is launched

Pedelec rental station in Rostock Lütten Klein

Today Rostocker Straßenbahn took 4 pedelec rental stations in operation. These stations belong to the new fully automated pedelec rental system of the Rostocker Straßenbahn AG – the demonstrator within the European project “ELMOS”. Two stations are located in the Hanseatic City of Rostock: in the district Reutershagen and Lütten Klein. Two more stations are located in the surroundings: in Bad Doberan and in the spa resort Nienhagen. Under the slogan “Hin und weg mit Pedelec” a total of 26 pedelecs are offered to interested users. Target groups are commuters, daily cyclists and tourists. Up to 4 weeks a pedelec can be reserved on the Internet. Users need a personal e-mail-adress for registration on the website www.elros-leihen.de The fees are calculated automatically depending on the loan period and deducted from user account.

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Cycling connects - ELMOS at the Congress for Cycling promotion in the South Baltic and beyond

The Hanseatic City of Rostock as Lead Partner of the South Baltic EU-project abc.multimodal together with partners organized the conference: „Cycling connects – Cycling promotion in the South Baltic and beyond“ on 22nd - 23 rd of May 2014 in Rostock to disseminate the project results and more encouraging projects. Invited were representatives from administrations, associations and planning offices of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Germany; the South Baltic Area and the Baltic Sea Region; political decision-makers and representatives of the EU, the Federation and federal states.

Janette Heidenreich, project manager for the ELMOS project, gave a brief insight into the pilot project of the Rostocker Straßenbahn AG: “elros - Pedelecs as mobile connection to public transport”. Here you can download the PP-presentation.    

More information about the abc.multimodal-project activities in the Hanseatic City of Rostock you can find on the website www.radregion-rostock.de

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Construction of RSAG pedelec rental stations completed

pedal rental station after construction (©
Christian Geschonnek)

»This week, three stations of the fully automated pedelec rental system of the Rostocker Straßenbahn AG were built up. One station is located in the district Rostock Lütten Klein, next to the customer service center of the Rostocker Straßenbahn AG. It consists of 10 pedelecs boxes and one technical box.

Furthermore, there are two stations in the surroundings with 5 pedelec boxes and one technical box. One station is located in the Ostseebad Nienhagen, a small seaside resort with around 2.000 inhabitants, and 9 km away from the station in Rostock Lütten Klein. The other one is located in Bad Doberan, a medium sized city with around 12.000 inhabitants, 13 km away from the pedelec rental station in Rostock Reutershagen. Last one has been built up and tested in autumn of 2013.  

Now the planned network of pedelec rental stations for the demonstrator is completed. The aim is to take the pedelec rental system in operation in the beginning of June. Next week we will start the test operation of the system. Selected test drivers will check the interaction of pedelecs and stations with the integrated booking and payment system. Go-Live for the fully automated pedelec rental scheme of the Rostocker Straßenbahn AG is planned for the 6th of June. Slogan for the demonstrator is "elros - Elektromobilität in Rostock". Key target groups of the demonstrator are commuters as well as everyday cyclists. The pedelec rental scheme is adressed to occasional travellers and tourists, too.  

Further information in German can be found on the landing page of the demonstrator www.elros-leihen.de

Here you can download the demonstator leaflet »

Here you can download the rates information »

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Elaboration of an integrated intermodal electric mobility strategy

The local public authority of the Hanseatic City of Rostock is working on the elaboration of an integrated intermodal electric mobility strategy for the municipality. 

Under the responsibility of the local mobility coordinator different municipal departments and companies are working together: the departement for environment, the department for civil and port engineering, the department of urban development and planning, the public transport company “Rostocker Straßenbahn AG” and the local energy provider “Stadtwerke Rostock AG”.

On base of a target group analysis, mission statements and objectives will be defined and action fields will be elaborated.

The strategy will be a part of the new integrated mobility plan “Mobilitätsplan Zukunft” which is under development now and legal until 2030.

An action plan should contain short and intermediate term measures supporting new kinds of electric mobility in the Hanseatic City of Rostock.

Public partizipation will be offered at two forums and as part of the integrated mobility plan.

By the end of the year, the City Council is expected to adopt the electric mobility strategy for the Hanseatic City of Rostock.

First RSAG pedelec rental station in Reutershagen: Completed test operation successfully

Employees of RSAG, the city administration and the Stadtwerke Rostock AG, the local energy supplier, tested the interaction of pedelec charging station and rental software at the first rental station in Rostock-Reutershagen from mid-September to mid-November 2013. Thanks to the numerous references of the test drivers the rental process could be optimized and technical errors corrected.

For example, new guide rails were installed in all pedelec parking boxes. The removal of the ‘elros’ pedelecs is now possible without great effort. The rental software will be adjusted until the official start of the rental system in April 2014. Various online payment options and automatic billing will be integrated. Furthermore, the reservation function will be improved. Available rental times per station will be indicated in the date mask by red or green.

The aim is to take three more stations in operation until April 2014. One is in Luetten Small, next to the customer service center of the Rostocker Straßenbahn AG stand. Two others are in the western outskirts of Rostock. From April 2014 interested users can book an ‘elros’ pedelec on the internet or with a smartphone. If the user is registered for the system, he will receive access to the four rental stations with an ‘elros’ customer card.

Further information in German can be found on the landing page www.elros-leihen.de
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'Go-Live' for 1st pedelec rental station in Rostock-Reutershagen

opening of the first pedelec rental station in Rostock-Reutershagen (© RSAG)

On 16th of September the Go-Live for the first pedelec rental station of Rostocker Straßenbahn AG was announced to representatives of the press. The station is located at a junction in the western part of the Hanseatic City of Rostock. Participants of the opening were the environment Senator as well as local project partners. One of the partners is the ‘Stadtwerke Rostock AG’, the local energy supplier, which supply the station with ‘green’ electricity. Another partner is the Hanseatic City of Rostock – the Office of Road and Port Construction, which built the foundation for the station as well as 12 bicycle racks.  

The station consists of 10 pedelecs boxes and one technical box. Until mid-November the station is in test operation. Up to 50 test drivers check the interaction of pedelecs, station and software. The results of the test phase form the basis for the extension of the pedelc rental system in the spring of 2013. Three more stations will be put into operation.

First information in German can be found on the landing page www.elros-leihen.de 
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Second preparatory survey – Determination of areas on the outskirts of Rostock for the new pedelec rental system

Complementing public transport chains and services by combining them with electric mobility offers new opportunities for the inhabitants and thus promotes a shift to intermodal and public transport in the same course. The Rostocker Straßenbahn AG is currently carrying out the second part of the preparatory survey for their planned pedelec rental system.

The public pedelecs should improve the daily transport chains for commuters from the surroundings as a pre-selected target group. The announcement has been made in the beginning of November and was obtained to PTV group - Planning Transport Traffic - Berlin. The survey will cover the identification of adequate locations for pedelec rental and charging stations at existing public transport hubs and beyond. Furthermore the existing infrastructure in these areas is analyzed more deeply for identify obstacles for the use of pedelecs in traffic.  Results are expected in December 2012.

Janette Heidenreich, Rostocker Straßenbahn AG/Strategic Projects

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Study trip to the „Wedelecs“-Project near Hamburg

"Wedelecs-"project of Stadtwerke Wedel: fully automatic and manned station (© Janette Heidenreich)

Three members of the ELMOS project group of RSAG visited the “Wedelecs”-project on 24 Oct 2012. They were invited by Mr Adam Krüppel, CEO of the Stadtwerke Wedel, energy provider of Wedel - a town with 30.000 inhabitants in the Northwest of Hamburg. Because the direct location on the river Elbe and its well-known ship greetings plant, many day-trippers and tourists come to Wedel.

Since three month Stadtwerke Wedel operate an own Pedelec rental system with 36 pedelecs the brand Raleigh. The pedelecs can be rented on two manned and two fully automatic rental stations. The fully automatic rental stations are work very simple. Users pay by EC- or credit card, a registration as new customer is not required. Users get a TAN-number for opening the separate battery and pedelec boxes. With the battery user get also the key for the bike look.  

The fee is € 2,50 per hour, 8,00 € for four hours or 18,00 € for a day. Marketing experts developed a powerful motto “Wedelecs – Leih dir Spaß” (in Englisch about “Wedelecs – Borrow you fun”). Through a service contract with a local bicycle repair shop the weekly maintenance of the pedelecs is guaranteed. The Wedelecs are well accepted: Since the launch in August 2012, there were more than 350 rentals.  

More information, only in German, you can find on the website

Janette Heidenreich, Rostocker Straßenbahn AG/Strategic Projects

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Preparatory survey - potentials of intermodal electric mobility in Rostock

The Rostocker Straßenbahn AG is currently carrying out a preparatory survey to identify the potential of intermodal electric mobility in the city of Rostock and in the surroundings. The announcement has been made in late March and was obtained to “Forsa”, Society for social research and statistical analyses, Berlin.

The RSAG market research includes also the quantitative and qualitative analysis of client groups and their preferences in terms of electrical intermodal mobility as well as the determination of parts of the city and suburban areas with the highest potential for the addition of commuter services to electric mobility services (Pedelec, e-Scooter).  

Preliminary results are expected in late June and final results in late September.