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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


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:

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

A comprehensive portfolio of EVs for a range of uses. Firmly committed to sustainable mobility

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

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

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

First EV chargers, targeted for long range vehicles, capable to provide an output power of 350 kW and a high voltage of 1000 V are actually built and installed by Efacec.

Efacec is already working on several projects with this high power charging solutions, namely with world-renowned brands such as carmakers and charge point network operators for a total of 44 high power units of its HV range sold until December 2016. These are intended for projects for various locations in the world, and hopes that many more will come in Europe and USA. Installations have started and will go on through 2017 and will be announced in the near future.


This range is composed of several HV products with different powers available, such as 50, 160, 175 and 350 kW, covering different needs of the market.

At a time when the electric mobility in the world is exponentially growing and electric vehicles with batteries with increasing autonomy call for constant innovation and improvement of the EV charging options, Efacec Electric Mobility officially presented its range of high power chargers for electric vehicles last October in Munich at eCarTec 2016.

The HV175 is a high power charging solution, able to supply up to 920 V nominal and 1000 V maximum at a maximum current of 350 A by combining two HV175 units to an user interface unit with adequate cable and connector to form the HV350. Connecting more HV175 units to a mechanical connection allows higher currents as can be used by some heavy vehicles.

This HV range complements the range of EV chargers Efacec already presents, covering solutions for private, public, fast and wireless charging.


Special issue focusing on sustainable mobility, published as a supplement to the December 2016-January 2017 issue of FuturENERGY, for special distribution at the following events: EE&RE Exhibition (Bulgaria,7-9/03), EEVC 2017 (Switzerland, 14-16/03), Smart Energy Congress & EXPO 2017 (Spain, 15-16/03), MABIC 2017 (Spain, 4-8/06)

This special report includes the following:

Renault ZE: the most comprehensive range of EVs on the market. Leading Spanish and European sales in 2016

The electric vehicle: the key to sustainable town planning
The New Nissan LEAF: a new chapter in the history of the top-selling EV
Charging a bus in 15 seconds. Battery optimisation for a flash-charged bus
Scandinavia’s first inductively-charged bus route enters into service
EMT Madrid to test inductive charging on an e-bus route
100% electric buses take centre stage all over Europe
User-adapted electric vehicles with optimised energy consumption
SALSA, a pilot project for EVs powered using renewable energy alone

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As of the 10th January 2017, Ingeteam has been part of the CharIn organisation, focused on growing the fast charging system for CCS Combo electric vehicles.

This Berlin-based CharIn e. V. association was founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Mennekes, Opel, Phoenix Contact, Porsche, TÜV SÜD and Volkswagen. The purpose of the association is to provide sufficient support to the fast charging infrastructure for the next generation of electric vehicles with higher operating ranges, which are currently being developed by many manufacturers.


CharIn is drawing up the specification for a new 350 kW ultra-fast charger offering charging times of just 20 minutes for 300 kms.

Now that Ingeteam is a member of this organisation, the company is in a position to collaborate in drawing up the technical specifications required for the development of rapid charging, and may possibly conduct interoperability tests.

Source: Ingeteam

The award allows Irizar to participate as Spain´s representative in the European finalists phase

With this recognition we put a value on the steps taken by Irizar in matters involving the environment and electromobility. Especially in the development and manufacture of the 100% electric urban bus, the Irizar i2e, which incorporates technologies that contribute to greater energy efficiency and autonomy of urban buses.

These awards, organised by the European Commission since 1987, reward companies that successfully combine the economic viability of business with environmental protection. Doing so by introducing innovations into management, into processes, products or services offered, fomenting business cooperation or combining business and biodiversity.
In order to opt for these European awards, the businesses must first surpass a national eliminations phase. The process, divided into two stages, guarantees that the winning businesses are, in the European context, the most innovative, the most responsible and with the greatest vision towards the future.


Since 2013, the entity in charge of managing the Spanish section of the National Business Award for the Environment is the Fundación Biodiversidad, and these have been held since 1997 and provide the winning company recognition, both from society and the business world, and from all organisations involved in sustainability.

The Fundación Biodiversidad belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, and aims to boost economic activity tied to the environment, promoting the sustainability of businesses and fomenting their creation, employment and the consolidation of green businesses.

Irizar´s aim for sustainable development and commitment to the environment goes back to 1998, when the company became the first coach manufacturer to obtain the ISO14001 certification. In 2009 it also is helped by the Stop CO2 Euskadi initiative from the Basque office on Climate Change. It is in 2011 when sustainability gets a new pulse with the start of the electromobility business which is forming a large part of the Group´s future.

The decision to contribute to the improvement of its citizen´s quality of life, making their environment´s more sustainable is one of the future aims of the group, not just to  provide complete urban mobility solutions: 100% electric buses, articulated or bi-articulated, and other public electric vehicles, but also for the main necessary infrastructure for charging, traction and the storage of energy.

The buses first 100% electric units with zero emissions were put into circulation in three European cities in 2014. In only 5 years since that decision, the company is prepared to be part of the transformation of cities´ transport systems, where current levels of air contamination make it difficult to reach a citizen´s suitable level of quality.

Source: Irizar