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Iberdrola plans to install a total of 25,000 e-vehicle charging points in Spain by 2021. Most of them – 16,000 – will be installed in homes and the remaining 9,000 in companies that would like to offer this service to their employees or customers. In line with its commitment to promoting sustainable mobility and offering its customers products and services they want when they want them, Iberdrola has launched its new Smart Mobility plan to promote electric mobility.

Smart Mobility is a global comprehensive solution that includes the acquisition of a charging station, its installation and guarantee, the consultation and the possibility of operating it in real time and remotely through a simple app available for all IOS and Android devices (Smart Mobility Hogar app), and a supply contract that is adapted to each customer.

Iberdrola has also designed a specific electricity plan to charge e-vehicles at the homes that take advantage of the lowest cost times of day (from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.) to charge the battery for less, cutting the estimated cost to 50 cents for every 100 kilometres. Electric charging has been calculated as being 10 times cheaper than petrol.

Iberdrola is committed to supplying 100% green electricity and has a certificate guaranteeing it is from renewable sources that ensures that this energy comes from clean generation.

Iberdrola, with sustainable mobility

The company promotes electric mobility in line with its commitment to sustainability. The electrification of transportation is an effective way to fight climate change which is why the company has a Sustainable Mobility Plan that involves employees, company, customers, and suppliers through specific actions which aim to promote sustainable mobility.

Iberdrola has also incorporated the United Nations’ Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its business strategy and Sustainability Policy. Iberdrola’s investment in electric mobility contributes directly to achieving Goals 13 (action for the climate) and 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and indirectly to Goals 3 (health and well-being), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure).

Source: Iberdrola

FlixBus, Europe’s largest long-distance mobility provider, is now investing in E-Mobility as the first company in the world to test E-Buses on their long-distance bus routes. Beginning in April, the first all-electric Flix-E-Buses will begin test operations with the premiere route between Paris and Amiens, France. The second Flix-E-Bus will hit the road between Hessen and Baden-Württemberg, Germany, in Summer 2018 as part of the German domestic network expansion for summer travelers.

“We want to help shape the future of mobility. Although e-buses are currently much more expensive to buy, we are convinced that this will be a worthwhile investment in the long run, for our company, our customers and the environment,” said André Schwämmlein, Founder and CEO of FlixBus. “As a provider, we are demonstrating that this is a potential turning point in mobility. Likewise, the first all-electric long-distance bus is a signal to bus manufacturers to drive innovation and develop alternatives to pure diesel vehicles. Sustainable mobility is not only about driving business but is also about the social and environmental aspects of traveling.”

Giving Everyone the Option to Travel Sustainably

The long-distance bus is one of the most environmentally-friendly modes of transportation available today, thanks to a modern fleet and the ability to fill large capacities within each vehicle. People who choose bus over car for longer routes reduce their CO2 emissions by 80 percent.

“The current trend is moving away from private car travel and towards shared mobility options such as buses,” said Schwämmlein.  “FlixBus is proud to be a pioneer in helping to propel this change and reliance on transportation with fossil fuels by providing some of the most climate-friendly mobility options in Europe.”

FlixBus will continue to invest in grid expansion in the coming months. In addition to international lines, approximately 140 new destinations will be added in German-speaking countries alone, with further connections planned across the 26 other markets in which FlixBus currently operates.

To fulfill the company mission of providing smart and green mobility for everyone to experience the world, FlixMobility is preparing for two major milestones with the launch of FlixTrain, the first long-distance green train, on March 23 in Germany and the launch of FlixBus USA beginning in Los Angeles, California, in Spring 2018.

The future of the energy system depends on whether we develop solutions that provide flexibility to efficiently integrate renewable energy sources. Intelligent building technology is the key to success. The joint venture planned by SMA and Danfoss aims to provide supermarket operators with an integrated solution that interconnects cooling and refrigeration technology, photovoltaics, energy storage technology and e-mobility. Intelligently managing loads and integrating the overall system into the energy market allows supermarket operators to reduce their operating expenditure, optimize their carbon footprint and considerably improve their long-term competitiveness. In addition, they will become a key component of the energy system of the future.

“Our expertise in photovoltaics, battery-storage systems and energy management is a complementary fit with Danfoss’ long-standing experience in cooling and refrigeration technology and its access to customers in the food retail segment,” said Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Reinert, Board Member for Operations and Technology of SMA Solar Technology AG. “I am delighted that this planned joint venture will allow us to further expand our strategic partnership with Danfoss.”

“The food retail segment is both of strategic importance and a playing field for innovation,” said Jürgen Fischer, President of Danfoss Cooling. “Innovative products from cooling and heating technology combined with photovoltaics, energy storage and charging stations will be used in the supermarket of the future. Supermarkets will not only provide fresh goods, but also transform the utility grid, which will become more reliable, greener and more flexible. Danfoss and SMA are very well positioned to tap into this new market. As part of this planned joint venture, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, we will work together to develop our tried-and-tested technology and secure ourselves a leading market position in this segment.”

SMA’s newly founded subsidiary, Coneva GmbH, will cooperate with Danfoss’ Cooling Segment to design a service offering tailored to the individual requirements of the food retail segment. “The SMA energy management platform ennexOS is an ideal tool for optimizing the energy consumption of retailers using parameters like the current electricity prices, outside temperature, solar irradiation and temporary grid requirements,” explained Jochen Schneider, general manager of Coneva GmbH. “Surplus self-generated electricity can either be sold directly or stored in electric and thermal storage systems. The integration into the energy market also allows us to secure the supply of cost-effective, environmentally friendly energy. In addition, we can integrate charging stations.

The planned joint venture is likely subject to the approval of competent antitrust authorities.

Efacec has inaugurated its new facilities dedicated to e-mobility with a total investment of €2.5 m. With this new plant, located in Maia, the company will increase its annual production capacity to 3,800 fast chargers, with the possibility of reaching up to 9,000 units, and plans to create more 340 jobs, related to new technologies and evolution patterns of mobility, by 2025.

To achieve a turnover growth of two to three digits annually in the next years, coming close to the €100 m barrier, is the objective of this strategic step.

The opening session was chaired by the Portuguese Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, and was attended by Efacec’s majority shareholder, Isabel dos Santos, and guests from electric mobility, energy and R&D areas as well.

This new plant strengthens Efacec’s export capacity to demanding and sophisticated markets, namely United States of America and Europe. Currently the electric vehicle chargers developed by Efacec are present all over the world. Through its Electric Mobility unit, the Portuguese company produces a complete range of electric vehicle chargers for private, public, fast, ultra fast and wireless segments.

It should be noted that Efacec takes part on the main electric mobility projects worldwide, namely in the European consortium led by automotive OEMs, which will install 400 large power charging stations on the main roads in Europe, and as well on a similar project developed in the United States of America, which will invest $2 b over the next 10 years in charging infrastructure.

Pioneer in the area of e-mobility and a world leader in the production of fast and ultra fast chargers for electric vehicles, Efacec materializes in this new plant its continuous effort on R&D and product engineering. This infrastructure, which incorporates the best practices from the technology and engineering domains, has been designed looking for a large scale production of fast charging devices.

Prepared to take advantage from a strong support of IT tools to the production process, the plant has different operational areas, namely R&D laboratories, dedicated areas for product engineering and final test and 3D printing for quick prototyping. The entire process is based on the Lean Manufacturing concept, seeking to continuously optimize layouts and work sequences and monitoring, control, efficiency and quality methodologies as well.

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Special issue focusing on sustainable mobility, published as a supplement to the September 2017 issue of FuturENERGY, for special distribution at the following events: EVS30 (Germany, 9-11/10), emove 360º (Germany, 17-19/10), Madrid Summit 2017 (Spain, 24/10), Expoelèctric (Spain, 11-12/11), CEVE 2017 (Spain, 26-27/10) y Smart City Expo World Congress (Spain, 14-16/11).

This special report includes the following:

Electric vehicles to accelerate to 54% of new car sales by 2040
The electric vehicle, a key component in the technological, industrial and energy transformation
More than US$80 billion expected to be spent on global EV infrastructure by the end of 2025
Charging stations in the Barcelona metropolis
LIVE Platform: the transition to sustainable mobility, challenge by challenge
Magnetic induction charging continues to grow in Europe
Load balancing systems for charging networks
Electric vehicle charging on motorways with second-life batteries
The electric vehicle and charge management
Thermal management materials for developing state-of-the-art battery packs
Dynamic charging e-corridors, a possible, but not guaranteed, solution
Specialist engineering for e-mobility projects

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Groupe Renault has announce the creation of Renault Energy Services. The aim of this new subsidiary is to have an active presence in the energy and smart grid sectors, both of which are fundamental to the expansion of e-mobility.

Renault Energy Services will function much like a start-up and its objective is to invest in smart grid-related projects by forging privileged ties with the energy industry’s various stakeholders. Renault Energy Services will focus chiefly on the development of smart charging, vehicle to grid interaction and second-life batteries.

Thanks to its new subsidiary, Groupe Renault intends to make a real contribution to the expansion of smart charging networks which, by facilitating the communication of data, are capable of making real-time adjustments to the supply of electricity for more-efficient management of resources. Renault electric vehicles connected to smart grids will benefit from more economical, lower-carbon electricity. In addition to permitting the development of smart charging, smart grids favour both interaction between electric vehicles and networks (vehicle to grid) and projects involving second-life batteries:

• Smart charging adjusts battery charging rates as a function of customers’ needs and the availability of electricity via the grid. Batteries are charged when supply exceeds demand, notably during renewable energy production peaks and when rates are at their cheapest.
• In vehicle to grid systems, electric vehicles provide electricity to the grid during peak hours. In this way, not only do they benefit from the advantages of smart charging but they also serve as a means to temporarily store energy.
• Even once their life as a power source for electric vehicles is over, EV batteries continue to be capable of storing a significant amount of energy. Renault is able to harness this energy, notably for the purposes of stationary energy storage. By giving batteries a second lease of life, Renault is today in a position where it can cover the full spectrum of energy storage needs, from individual homes to office buildings, factories, schools and apartment blocks, and even the charging of electric vehicles.

Almost half of all the people in Europe believe that in ten years there will be more electric cars then vehicles with combustion engines. This was revealed in a survey carried out by E.ON in eight European countries. Anyone assuming the Germans would be particularly optimistic, however, would be wrong. In fact it is the Romanians who proved to be the most confident, with 68 percent believing that electric cars will ultimately triumph over the next ten years. In Germany the figure was just 36 percent.

In other cases too, opinions among Europeans appear to differ on what will be the reality of the next ten years. Hence 43 percent of Germans are convinced that more than half of the energy produced in 2027 will be renewable. A similarly positive view is shared by the Turks (39 percent), the Swedes (35 percent) and the British (31 percent). In the Czech Republic however, the figure was only 18 percent, and in Hungary just 17 percent.

These results are part of the ‘Living in Europe’ survey for which E.ON and Kantar EMNID questioned around 8,000 people in Germany, the UK, Italy, the Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and Hungary in December 2016.

Source: E.ON

Berlin-based Hubject GmbH is a new member of AEDIVE, the Spanish Cluster for the Boosting and Development of the Electric Vehicle market (Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo e Impulso del Vehículo Eléctrico, in Spanish). With its eRoaming platform Hubject connects charging station operators and emobility service providers in real-time, in order to provide electric vehicle drivers with customer-friendly access to charging infrastructure.

Hubject already connects more than 280 companies in 24 countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Oceania via the intercharge network. Therewith Hubject created a unified international charging network that allows digital cross-provider access for EV drivers.

 

With the approval of the plan Movea 2017 the Spanish government strengthens its commitment towards electric mobility. As part of the support programme Spain will invest 14.6 million euros in the development of public charging points as well as the purchase of plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV).

The cooperation between AEDIVE and Hubject is a necessary step towards transnational communication about interoperability solutions, which are crucial to the successful deployment of charging infrastructure. It will encourage knowledge transfer, and strengthen competitiveness, research and development. AEDIVE proves its ambition to establish Spain as a strong player in the European emobility market.

For us, working together with national associations and committees is essential. No one knows the local emobility market better than they do – the opportunities as well as challenges. By joining AEDIVE we also aim at sharing our experience in the field of interoperability and new value added services. Thus, we want to support national stakeholders to develop state-of-the-art charging solutions, which will meet customer needs.” says Hubject CEO Thomas Daiber.

In Spain, GIC (Gestores Inteligentes de Carga – Grupo ACS), Electromaps, Urbener, Estabanell Energia, Atos and Circontrol are already partners of the intercharge network.

Source: Hubject

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Special issue focusing on sustainable mobility, published as a supplement to the April 2017 issue of FuturENERGY, for special distribution at the following events: VEM 2017 (España, 5-7/05) and Electric Vehicles. Everything is Changing (Alemania, 10-11/05)

 

This special report includes the following:

COVER STORY
ENDESA
Charging EVs from a mobile with no need to register or sign a contract

BACK COVER STORY
RENAULT
A comprehensive portfolio of EVs for a range of uses. Firmly committed to sustainable mobility

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION
EVs: a future that is already a reality
Arturo Pérez de Lucia
Managing Director of AEDIVE

MARKET
Spain needs 300,000 EVs and 11,000 charging stations to decarbonise transport by 2020

VEHICLES & CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE
Management, payment and monitoring platforms for charging networks
Mobility, electric vehicles, power supply and their charging infrastructures
Wireless charging e-buses pass the 550,000 km milestone
Green magnetisable concrete for wireless EV charging

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Alstom and NTL have presented in Duppigheim (Alsace, France) Aptis, an innovative mobility solution. As cities are looking for smarter, more efficient and more connected means of transportation, Aptis has already attracted the interest of customers in Europe. In France, STIF has decided to launch two trials, one of which is with RATP. Aptis will undergo test runs in Paris and in the Ile-de-France region during the second half of 2017.

Aptis’ unique and innovative design, based on that of a tram, incorporates low-floor accessibility and 360° views. Two or three large double doors enable easy on-and-off passenger flows and smooth access for wheelchairs and strollers.

 

Operators will benefit from a vehicle that is easy to maintain with the longest lifetime in its category. With four steerable wheels versus two for a bus, Aptis occupies 25% less surface area in curves, providing perfect integration into the city. At bus stops, this minimises the space needed to park while offering gains in available space for other vehicles.

Alstom and NTL will provide not only the vehicle, but an entire system. It includes dimensioning, charging options, road infrastructure, leasing and warranty options, ensuring that cities can smoothly and cost-effectively integrate electric mobility into their transport networks. Thanks to low maintenance and operation costs and a longer lifetime compared to buses, Aptis has a total cost of ownership equivalent to current diesel buses.

Aptis can be charged at night in the depot, or rapidly at the end of each line during daily operations. Fast charging is either via inverted pantograph or SRS, Alstom’s innovative fast ground charging system.

Aptis prototypes are being manufactured in NTL’s factory in Duppigheim, Alsace, with key components manufactured by five of Alstom’s sites in France: Saint-Ouen for the project management and system integration, Tarbes for the traction, Ornans for the motors, Vitrolles for SRS and Villeurbanne for electronic components of the traction.

Source: Alstom

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