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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

The Bosch Group is further extending its manufacturing capacity in China. The supplier of technology and services is investing nearly 100 M€ in a new plant in the south-eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. Starting in 2019, the plant with a surface of approx. 20,000 square-meters will manufacture Bosch’s iBooster for customers in Asia Pacific. This vacuum-independent electromechanical brake iBooster is a key component for e-mobility and driver assistance systems.

ibooster2Bosch’s iBooster fulfills all the requirements of a modern braking system. In addition, it is suitable for all powertrain concepts – in particular hybrid and electric vehicles. By recovering braking energy nearly completely, it increases the range of electric vehicles. And by building up pressure faster, it makes braking distances much shorter when emergency braking is performed automatically. In China, more than 260 million people live in so-called megacities – conurbations with populations exceeding 10 million. As traffic congestion and automation increase, the iBooster will help promote greater energy efficiency and safety on China’s roads.


The new plant will also be equipped with Industry 4.0 solutions. A digital production control system, for example, will allow faster reaction times to short-term market changes as well as a real-time overview of the entire value chain. Currently, 14 of Bosch’s plants in China feature connected technologies. With regard to Industry 4.0, the company is a leading user and a leading provider. In China, Bosch is partnering with the Chinese State Council’s Development Research Center (DRC) to drive forward connected manufacturing across the country.

Source: Bosch Group

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 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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LTC, the UK manufacturer of the iconic black cab and global specialists in purpose built taxis, is investing £300 million (€380 million) to revolutionise its product range and expand into Europe.

Cutting edge electric vehicle technology developed in Europe will be introduced in LTC’s all new electric taxi due for launch into European markets in 2018. Taxi industry participants were invited to view the electric taxi prototype at an exclusive event held today in Barcelona.

Speaking at the event Peter Johansen, President of LTC, said: “Through our product development we aim to help eliminate city centre emissions while giving taxi drivers and commercial operators the opportunity to reduce their running costs. As we look to expand into European markets, the Barcelona taxi trade will be an important growth area for LTC.”

In response to new emissions regulations being introduced across major cities in Europe, LTC is working with established partners to develop a battery electric platform with impressive range to ensure taxi drivers can operate with zero emissions during their daily duty cycle. For peace of mind there is a small back up petrol generator to recharge the battery if vehicle charge points aren’t immediately available, which also allows for motorway speeds over long distances.

While the new taxi retains some design features from the original black cab there are no carry over parts from the existing diesel model and it will be built almost entirely from European sourced components. The modern concept has been designed with both passenger and driver functionality in mind, building on LTC’s reputation as the world leader in purpose built taxi products for urban environments.

Commenting on the functionality of the taxi, Peter Johansen said: “We’re different because all of our vehicles are purpose built around the needs of the taxi operator and passenger, rather than van conversions. Our new taxi will have enhanced accessibility features such as a forward facing wheelchair. It will have 6 passenger seats, a spacious cabin containing charge points, and we’re aiming for the highest safety rating possible to give peace of mind to drivers, passengers and pedestrians.”

A number of cities including Barcelona have been cited by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as having dangerously high levels of NOx and/or PM. The solution to this is to use zero-emissions capable vehicles in cities, such as the next generation taxi.

Later this year LTC will open its new state of the art research, development and production facility near Coventry, United Kingdom. This site will be the home of LTC’s new taxi and a range of other product variants for the commercial sector.

LTC plans to expand to a number of European and global markets by 2020, including Barcelona in 2018. In doing so, it will appoint a comprehensive network of knowledgeable dealers and service specialists near each major city.

Full product details will be released ahead of its launch into London at the end of 2017 and in European markets during 2018.


Source: The London Taxi Company

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