The role of charge managers in the expansion of e-mobility

Awareness is currently increasing as regards everyissue relating to energy efficiency and sustainability. On the other hand, this concern is leading to traffic restriction measures in the centres of large cities as a result of pollution. Royal Decree 56/2016 of 12 February that implements European Parliament and European Council Directive 2012/27/EU regarding energy efficiency, aims to establish a regulatory framework to develop and stimulate actions designed to improve the energy efficiency of an organisation, promote energy saving and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, thus contributing to the achievement of the EU’s energy efficiency objectives. All this is driving the replacement of combustion engine vehicles with EVs.

Although the EV stock is growing, it is still well below that of the global vehicle stock, with EVs only accounting for 0.04% of the total at present. The following are among the main issues perceived by the user when deciding to opt for an electric vehicle:

• Higher acquisition price compared to an equivalent combustion engine vehicle.
• Reduced autonomy, around 100 km.
• Small network of charging points and long charging times (fast charging takes 30 minutes). Read more…

Fernando Flores
Director, Energy Efficiency Department, GIC

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2016