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The driver of the e-bus pulls up at the bus stop. A flexible plug immediately extends from the charging station, clicks into the charging socket installed on the bus and after a signal has been issued, starts charging. The amount of energy that can be transferred during the short stop is sufficient to recharge the starter battery. Thanks to this new connector for fast charge systems, the Swiss connector specialist Multi-Contact is paving the way for battery-powered buses to further develop into environmentally friendly inner city transportation.

Charging occurs automatically at regular intervals along the route, without affecting vehicle operation. Alternatively, this can be carried out during longer stops at the bus terminus. Due to these repeated charging cycles, a smaller battery is sufficient, positively impacting on the weight of the vehicle and on operating costs. As these e-buses have the possibility to refuel within a short period at the bus stops with charging currents of up to 900 A, for the first time they present a serious alternative to track-guided trolley buses and vehicles with internal combustion engines.

Thanks to the vehicle’s patented mechanical guide, the system can compensate for different loads, irregularities in the road surface and inaccuracies when parking the bus. The funnel-shaped design of the charging socket tolerates positioning inaccuracies of up to 500 mm. Depending on customer requirements, the coaxial plug can be equipped with up to 9 pins (2–3 power contacts, 1 ground contact, 5 signal contacts). Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2015

In 2013 Endesa installed 253 charging points across Spain, expanding its charging network in the country by 42%. Alongside its parent company Enel, Endesa remains firmly committed to promoting e-mobility as a key tool for tackling climate change. As a result, over the last three years Endesa installed 853 charging points for residential and corporate customers in Spain. Although most of the charging points have been addressed to corporate customers, residential installations have also been carried out, as part of the comprehensive service Endesa provides its customers with. For this reason, Endesa has just launched a new product to make e-mobility more accessible for Spanish customers: the new “Endesa End-to-end Charging Point Solution”. This is an all-inclusive service for Euro 1.85/day that offers cutting-edge charging technology for any electric vehicle, with maximum charging security, comfort and speed.
In addition to this new product, Endesa continues to offer turnkey solutions for all kind of customers, meaning they are tailored on their charging needs according to the use and the fleet to be incorporated. Endesa’s product catalogue includes a wide range of equipment to offer each customer the charging solution that best meets their needs, varying from conventional to rapid charging points. Within the framework of this offer, a team of technicians are available to visit the customer’ s premises for an assessment of the electricity system and a personalised estimate of the charging solution requirements.
Endesa also offers to electric vehicle users a special green tariff which has three time slots allowing to charge the vehicles at night at a significantly reduced rate.
With regard to products for local government and institutions, last year Endesa launched the E-mobility Pack. This initiative foresees the gradual replacement of internal fleets of fuel-run vehicles at city councils with electric ones, the installation of a charging point for every vehicle replaced and other value-added mobility services, such as controlling and monitoring the charging infrastructure, managing the fleets and optimising routes.
Charging network in Latin America
The Enel Group also continues to foster e-mobility in Latin America. In 2013, it installed another 58 charging points, expanding the charging network by 87% and increasing to 124 the total number of units installed over the last three years in the region. In Colombia, electricity distribution company Codensa installed 49 charging points last year, in addition to the 18 installed in the two previous years. The company plans to roll out a further 95 charging points in the future. In Chile, Brazil, Peru and Argentina, a total nine charging points were installed, with another 35 in the pipeline for this year.
New fast-charging networks
At the beginning of 2013, Enel certified and installed the new AC pole 43kW, expanding the product family of charging stations equipped with Enel smart meter and connected to the Group eMobility Management central system.
At the end of 2013, Endesa and Enel presented their proprietary fast-charge solution, FASTO (FAST TOgether), a new charging point that can charge any electric vehicle on the market since it is equipped with the three types of fast-charge connectors currently available (the CCS or combo connector, the IEC 62196-2 connector and the ChadeMo connector).

ZEM2ALL (Zero Emissions Mobility to All), which aims to see the mass roll-out of e-mobility become a reality, has celebrated its first year with the 160 e-vehicles involved in the programme travelling more than one million kilometres. Conventional combustion-engine vehicles travelling the same distance would have emitted 72 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere; equivalent to that produced per annum by 10 households in Spain (https://vms.zem2all.com/des/html/#/menu/top.html). Users recharged their vehicles over 25,000 times at the charging points in order to cover this distance.
ZEM2ALL is a ground-breaking initiative aimed at offering individuals and businesses access to e-mobility.
40 more vehicles will be added at the start of 2014, taking the fleet to 200 vehicles as planned. These new vehicles will be earmarked for lease hire firms and for car sharing, and during the first phase, users will have an Endesa conventional charging point.
All users also have access to the largest fast-charging network rolled out in Europe, with a total of 23 points installed throughout Malaga. During the initial phase, this fast-charging infrastructure was used solely by ZEM2ALLparticipants, but from next year any e-vehicle user will be able to take advantage of it. For more information on the initiative please contact: info@zem2all.com
The vehicles and their associated infrastructure are connected to a control centre that sends them useful real-time information that makes moving around the city much easier and more efficient; for example, the whereabouts of the nearest charging point and the best route to reach it. Smartphone applications have also been developed that enable every user to manage and receive information about their car and charging.
Furthermore, six of the project’s charging points are bidirectional (V2G), enabling the vehicle not only to be charged but to also send electricity back to the grid when it is needed by the system due to high electricity demand. V2G technology is an important step in the development of smart grids which need tools to help optimise output and distribution and improve the supply and demand balance between electricity producers and consumers.
ZEM2ALL is a joint initiative between Spain and Japan, supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), and Malaga City Council. The Spanish element is spearheaded by Endesa, and also involves Telefónica and Ayesa. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries leads the Japanese part of the project, alongside its partners Mitsubishi Corporation and Hitachi.

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