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FuturENERGY Dec. 18 - Jan. 2019

According to the UN and the IEA, the primary expectations for 2040 are that the economy will be 40% more efficient; global electricity will grow by 60%; 40% of the world’s energy will be generated from renewables; and 55% of vehicles will be electric. Moreover, the UN estimates that by 2050, 68% of the global population will live in urban areas, a figure that requires addressing the heightened need for infrastructures, energy and services for the citizen. Within this context and through the commitment of Enel for 2050, Endesa sets out to become an emissions-free company. The response of Endesa to the change in paradigm being experienced by the sector is Endesa X, a new business line that will develop and offer new and advanced, added value energy solutions to meet the needs of Spanish companies, cities and homes.

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FuturENERGY Dec. 18 - Jan. 2019

Last October, Groupe Renault unveiled its EZ-ULTIMO at the Paris Motor Show. This is the latest concept car in its range of robo-vehicles. The presentation of this vehicle has enabled Renault to reaffirm its vision of urban mobility of the future. The Drive the Future strategic plan emphasises the vision of Groupe Renault as regards mobility of the future. Renault aims to provide sustainable mobility for all, hence its commitment to connected, autonomous and shared e-mobility…

FuturENERGY Dec. 18 - Jan. 2019

In line with the Mexican strategy in the interest of sustainable mobility , Mexico continues to make progress in e-mobility. In 2018, the country advanced in two areas: first in drawing up a Technological Road Map towards Sustainable Mobility; and second, in the regulation that enables the small-scale sale of electricity…By Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy from Mexico.

This unprecedented approach between a metropolis and the Europe’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer testifies to a shared vision of the future of mobility, in the face of challenges such as public health, climate change, easier travel, accessibility and economic attractiveness.

This will result in short, medium and long-term actions in favour of the development of connected and autonomous electric vehicles.

As a first step, Groupe Renault has decided to gradually roll out a commercial offer of electric mobility for Parisians, Ile-de-France residents and visitors, starting in September 2018:

• an electric VTC offer via Marcel from Groupe Renault;
• an offer of self-service car-sharing electric vehicles accessible 24/7 and without stations;
• an offer of self-service electric vehicles in carsharing loop, for longer journeys, accessible 24/7 from Renault or partner car parks.

This offer will be based on Groupe Renault’s 100% electric range: ZOE, Twizy, Kangoo Z.E, Master Z.E. By the end of 2019, they will represent a fleet of 2,000 electric vehicles.

In a second phase, the City of Paris and Groupe Renault wish to initiate an open working group, associating major cities and companies, whose aim will be to think collectively about the integration of changes in mobility in the city.

This global initiative for sustainable mobility will be a space for dialogue, expertise, experimentation and acceleration of the development of new mobility services, as close as possible to citizens’ expectations and uses.

It will draw in particular on the expertise of the C40 network, which brings together some 100 cities around the world and is currently chaired by Anne Hidalgo.

To guarantee a sustainable use of energy and to take advantage of Mexico’s natural resources, policies and actions for the coming 15 and 30 years have been established as part of the Transition Strategy to Promote the Use of Cleaner Technologies and Fuels, published in December 2016. An analysis of this Strategy identifies industry, buildings and transport as the main consumers of energy, with the latter sector accounting for 46% of the total energy consumed in the country. 92% of this energy corresponds to private transport, mainly in the form of the petrol and gasoline used by private passenger vehicles and the rest the form of diesel by passenger buses and trucks. This means that private passenger vehicles consume approximately 30% of the country’s entire energy.

As national economic development progresses, it is estimated that the demand for transport and mobility will continue to increase to meet sector requirements and those of the population in general. In this regard, the above Strategy identifies transport as one of the sectors with the greatest potential for energy abatement, by contributing 52% to the target established for 2050 to achieving a savings potential of 3,190 PJ (42%). For this, the energy intensity of end consumption has to be reduced by 1.9% per annum over the period 2016-2030 and by 3.7% for the period 2031-2050.

To help comply with this objective, actions are promoted to make a better use of energy in transport, in particular by fostering sustainable cities that will enable a greater use of efficient vehicular technologies, as well as the strengthening of the infrastructure that facilitates the integration of modes of transport such as electric vehicles. Read more…

Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez
Deputy Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition of the Mexican Secretariat of Energy (SENER)

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2018

The city of Valladolid has undergone a dramatic urban transformation as a result of innovation and one strategic element of this transition towards the smart growth of a city that is resilient to climate change is e-mobility. So much so that e-mobility actions are present in many of the European Projects being developed in the city, co-financed by H2020 and ERDF funds.

As part of its planning milestones, Valladolid has implemented an open innovation methodology, providing SMEs and start-ups that are undertaking innovative projects with physical spaces in which they can create their new products or services. In addition, the City Council itself is leading by example with an electric fleet of already more than 20 vehicles, in particular the five e-buses that serve a regular route. There is also a car sharing service for council personnel and a Clean Vehicle Programme that prioritises the purchase of EVs and alternative energy vehicles, under a sector programme that forms part of the Integrated Safe and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of the city of Valladolid (PIMUSSVA in its Spanish acronym), a pioneer of its type in 2004 and which is currently under review.

The Electric Vehicle Office (OVE in its Spanish acronym), part of the Innovation and Economic Development Agency, is responsible for coordinating and promoting every municipal initiative from both public and private entities relating to e-mobility, as well as every project designed to boost corporate actions on sustainable mobility. Read more…

Modesto Mezquita
Innovation Coordinator, Innovation and Economic Development Agency of the Valladolid City Hall. President of Sub-Committee 3 on the Mobility and Transport Platforms of the Technical Committe on Smart Cities (CTN 178, MINETAD/AENOR)

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2018

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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