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Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. and Toyota Motor Corporation announce that the two companies have concluded a basic agreement with the aim of commencing a verification project that entails construction of a large-capacity storage battery system (Storage Battery System) that reuses electrified vehicle batteries (batteries), as well as examination of the recycling of used batteries.

Chubu Electric Power recognizes the importance of accurate management of fluctuations in its energy supply-demand balance caused by the recent large-scale introduction of renewable energy, and is promoting efforts toward further improving the operation of its electric power system.

Toyota is actively promoting the use of electrified vehicles, as per “Toyota’s Challenge to Promote Widespread Use of Electrified Vehicles” announced in December 2017, and is also pursuing the effective use of batteries and the development of social infrastructure that will support the widespread adoption of electrified vehicles.

  1. Reuse of Batteries

Pursuant to the basic agreement concluded today, the two companies aim to reuse batteries collected from electrified vehicles manufactured by Toyota as a storage battery system for utilization in meeting various challenges posed by the electric power system.

When combined in large numbers, used batteries, even with reduced performance levels, can be repurposed for energy supply-demand adjustments, frequency fluctuation management, and voltage fluctuation management in distribution systems, all factors that accompany the widespread introduction of renewable energy.

Not only can these efforts serve as a solution to address the challenges within the electric power system, Chubu Electric Power and Toyota expect these efforts to have positive effects in the operation of thermal power plants.

Examples of using the Storage Battery System to solve challenges in the electric power system (illustration)

  1. Utilization for energy supply-demand adjustment
Utilization for energy supply-demand adjustment
  1. Utilization to counter frequency fluctuations
Utilization to counter frequency fluctuations
  1. Utilization to counter voltage fluctuations in distribution systems
Utilization to counter voltage fluctuations in distribution systems

In FY 2018, Chubu Electric Power and Toyota will commence verification of the Storage Battery System. Based on the results of the verification test, the two companies aim to introduce power generation capacity of approximately 10,000 kW, equivalent to 10,000 batteries, in FY 2020.

The initial stage will involve nickel-metal hydride batteries, which are currently being used in large quantities, mainly in hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). By around 2030, the plan is to include lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).

  1. Recycling of Batteries

The two companies will consider establishing a mechanism to recycle reused batteries by collecting materials such as rare-earth metals and re-utilizing them.

Flow of reusing/recycling (illustration)

Flow of reusing/recycling (illustration)

Both companies will continue to contribute to the further development of the region with an aim of achieving both a resource recycling society and a low-carbon society through initiatives such as the commercialization of battery reuse and recycling.

Akasol today announces the opening of a new semi-automated production facility for high-performance lithium-ion battery systems for commercial vehicles. The eMobility pioneer and European market leader has invested €10 million into the new commercial plant at Langen, creating 150 new jobs for the Hesse region in coming months.

From today Akasol will begin serial production at the facility, which is now the largest production line for commercial vehicle battery systems in Europe. With a capacity of 600 MWh, the plant can produce high-performance battery systems for up to 3000 hybrid or electric vehicles or other large commercial vehicles each year.

The Langen plant will manufacture the company’s AKAsystem OEM for commercial vehicles, such as buses and trucks. As recently announced, Akasol will supply this lithium-ion system to two leading European bus manufacturers in contracts to build approximately 10,000 buses within the next few years.
Akasol currently also supplies technology and consulting to leading companies including VDL Bus & Coach, Alexander Dennis, Alstom, Bombardier and Bucher Municipal.

Akasol Managing Director Sven Schulz said:

“We’re proud to be opening what is now Europe’s largest production facility for battery systems for hybrid and electric commercial vehicles. And what better way to celebrate than starting series production of our AKAsystem OEM products that will power 10,000 hybrid and electric buses across Europe.”

“As more cities across Europe choose zero-emission buses, we’re witnessing the European market for hybrid and electric buses growing by more than 35 percent each year. Cities are increasingly looking for bus leasing solutions to avoid higher investment costs, so finding the right supplier for battery systems is of strategic importance for bus manufacturers.”

FCC Medio Ambiente (the Spanish brand for FCC Environment) celebrates more than 40 years’ commitment to energy efficiency and the introduction of electric vehicles for the provision of environmental services. With more than 115 years’ history in providing urban services, FCC has been a pioneer in research into and the introduction of new sustainable and efficient technologies. In 1974 the company developed and put into service the first electric powered lorry to collect solid urban waste.

FCC Group’s environmental services area, known as FCC Medio Ambiente, currently has a fleet of nearly 12,000 urban service vehicles equipped with the most innovative systems on the market. 550 vehicles in this fleet are either electric, hybrid or self-recharging electric with exclusive FCC technology. It is the most advanced technology that exists for collection services, and is the result of research carried out over more than 40 years through its Machinery Department which has, since its origins, invested in projects designed to achieve more comfortable and sustainable cities.

The electric vehicle fleet provides a service with a lower environmental impact and achieves various fundamental advantages: it does not pollute, its emissions are zero referred to the energy consumed and sound emissions are within the lowest technically possible limit, especially during start-up, braking and in the use of the bodywork. FCC’s technology reaches these advantages without losing power or load capacity performance compared to a vehicle with a conventional diesel engine. It also delivers a much higher energy efficiency since it provides a substantial energy saving of between 70 and 80% compared to internal combustion engines, which in turn means lower operating costs and increased service life.

The most advanced technology for collecting waste in cities

Today, FCC Medio Ambiente is one of the world’s largest environmental services companies and has been undertaking its activity since 1911 when it was awarded the contract for cleaning and conserving the sewerage system in Barcelona, which it continues to provide. Since July 2016 in this contract, FCC has been using the first complete fleet of 100% electric vehicles with 13 sets of specialised machinery on heavy trucks, 28 sets of specialised machinery in vans, as well as an additional 15 vans. It is a clear practical case of eco-efficient engines, and an engineering project with electrical technology carrying the FCC stamp.

FCC’s research into electric vehicles is framed within the set of actions the Group has committed to in fighting climate change. These actions translated in 2016 into avoiding the emission of nearly 480,000 tonnes of CO2, increasing the use of alternative energies by 18% and generating 29% more energy from renewable fuels in its projects.

The challenge to FCC is to continually improve, to keep on reducing the environmental impact and to improve the public’s quality of life. The development and implementation of new technologies is increasingly important and this is why FCC Medio Ambiente continues, after more than a century, to invest and seek innovative solutions to the benefit of the environment and of society.

Orbis is introducing the first smart single-phase home charging stations VIARIS COMBI into the market. As standard, they are equipped with a charge modulator based on the home’s energy consumption, WIFI communications, time scheduling control to benefit from time-of-day electricity tariffs, and tactile activation sensor. VIARIS COMBI adapts the electric vehicle’s charging process to the home’s energy consumption in real time, so that it charges faster when the home’s demand is lower and vice versa.

In this way, VIARIS COMBI prevents the supply capacity being exceeded and the inconvenient power cuts due to power surges. In short, the highest charge is achieved in the least amount of time possible, without exceeding the supply capacity.

VIARIS COMBI is equipped with WIFI communications, so that the charging station’s consumption data and current status, the charging history and all the vehicle’s charging data can be displayed on your smartphone.

Additionally, this smart charger includes a time-of-day tariff control module. With this module you can programme the time slots when you prefer to charge your vehicle to benefit from the cheapest tariffs offered by your energy supplier. If required, you can override the programme at any moment to force an urgent charge.

Another interesting functionality offered by this charger is a smart home control input. VIARIS COMBI is equipped with an external control input that can be used to control the vehicle’s charging process. This function has been designed specifically to integrate the charger in a home automation system.
SUPPLEMENTARY TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION (ITC) BT-52 defines the protections that an electric vehicle charging station installation must include: differential circuit breakers and protections against overcurrents and temporary and transient overvoltages. VIARIS COMBI has been designed to house all these protections, without the need to install additional protection panels. In fact, there is an option to supply the charging station with all the protections defined in (ITC) BT-52 already installed.

In case of using schematic 2 of ITC-BT-52, where the charging station is directly connected to the utility’s meter, VIARIS COMBI can include an automatic reset device that enables the utility meter’s load limiter to be reset without having to disconnect the charging station, in the event of a limiter trip. When the supply is stable again, the charging station automatically connects to the grid and continues charging.

Available with one or two outlets, both for socket and hose connections. Thanks to its flexible configuration, VIARIS COMBIS can respond to all the specific needs of electric vehicle users.
When designing these devices, special attention has been paid to make them robust and easy to install and use. All these features, together with VIARIS COMBI ‘s attractive design, means that this charging station offers a a perfect blend of looks and efficiency.

Source: Orbis

Ingeteam is finalizing the launch of INGEREV® RAPID 50, the company’s latest multi-standard fast charging model for the INGEREV® electric vehicle product range. INGEREV® RAPID 50 is compatible with the CHAdeMO, CCS and Type 2 AC standards, making it the ideal solution for charging all types of electric vehicles. It is available in three different models (Trio, Duo and One), depending on the charging standard required. The INGEREV® RAPID 50 offers the possibility of simultaneous AC and DC charging.

Ingeteam has designed its INGEREV® RAPID 50 product range based on its extensive experience in the manufacture of power converters, thereby guaranteeing the optimal reliability and efficiency of its chargers.

The INGEREV® RAPID 50 features advanced local and remote communication capabilities via Ethernet, 3G and Wi-Fi for integration in local and/or remote control centers, payment platforms and charge managers using different versions of the OCCP protocol (customized or standard). Its 7″ TFT color touch screen improves the user interface and also offers an advertising option.

The charger design combines ease of use with maintenance simplicity. Its sturdy steel enclosure guarantees exceptional resistance in even the most adverse ambient conditions.

This inverter will be on show at the EVS30 fair in Stuttgart (Germany) from the 9th to 11th October, and is set go into production in October 2017.

Its key advantage over other chargers on the market is its reliability and efficiency, thanks to Ingeteam’s extensive experience in the design of electronic power converters for the wind power, photovoltaic, rail and marine markets, amongst others.

Ingeteam offers three different models for this charger (Trio, Duo and One). The Trio model is compatible with all three existing charging standards, CHAdeMO, CCS and AC, the Duo model includes CHAdeMO and CCS, while the One model only includes CCS.

To date, Ingeteam has supplied the market with more than 2,300 chargers from the INGEREV® range, including AC slow chargers and DC rapid chargers, installed in countries such as Spain, Italy, South Africa, France, Mexico, Turkey, Scotland and Australia.

Source: Ingeteam

Electric vehicles will make up the majority of new car sales worldwide by 2040, and account for 33% of all the light-duty vehicles on the road, according to new research Electric Vehicle Outlook 2017 (EVO 2017) published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The forecast draws on detailed analysis of likely future reductions in price for lithium-ion batteries and of prospects for the other cost components in electric vehicles and internal combustion engine, or ICE, vehicles. It also factors in the rising electric vehicle commitments from automakers and the number of new electric vehicle models they plan to launch.

The central finding of the research is that the electric vehicle revolution is going to hit the car market even harder and faster than BNEF predicted a year ago. The team now estimates that electric vehicles will account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040, not the 35% share it forecast previously. By 2040, electric vehicles will be displacing 8 million barrels of transport fuel per day, and adding 5% to global electricity consumption.

 

BNEF sees a inflection point for the global auto industry in the second half of the 2020s. Consumers will find that upfront selling prices for electric vehicles are comparable or lower than those for average ICE vehicles in almost all big markets by 2029.

The forecast shows electric vehicle sales worldwide growing steadily in the next few years, from the record 700,000 seen in 2016 to 3 million by 2021. At that point, they will account for nearly 5% of light-duty vehicle sales in Europe, up from a little over 1% now, and for around 4% in both the U.S. and China.

However, the real take-off for electric vehicles will happen from the second half of the 2020s when, first, electric cars become cheaper to own on a lifetime-cost basis than ICE models; and, second – arguably an even more important moment psychologically for buyers – when their upfront costs fall below those of conventional vehicles.

The key component of an electric vehicle – the battery – is set to plunge in price, building on recent, remarkable cost declines. Since 2010, lithium-ion battery prices have fallen 73% per kWh. Manufacturing improvements and more than a doubling in battery energy density are set to cause a further fall of more than 70% by 2030.

The result will be rapidly rising market shares for electric vehicles in the biggest markets, even with oil prices staying low. BNEF sees them accounting for nearly 67% of new car sales in Europe by 2040, and for 58% in of sales in the U.S. and 51% in China by the same date. Countries that have made early progress in electric vehicle uptake are expected to be among the leaders in 2040, including Norway, France and the U.K. Emerging economies such as India are forecast not to see significant electric vehicle sales until the late 2020s.

BNEF’s forecast is based squarely on the relative economics of electric vehicles and ICE cars. It assumes that current policies to encourage electric vehicle take-up continue until their scheduled expiry, but does not assume the introduction of any fresh measures. BNEF analyzed the auto market not just by country but also by car segments.

The team incorporated work into their electric vehicle forecast on two other hot topics in the transport revolution – autonomous vehicles, and ride sharing. It concluded that the impact of autonomous driving will be limited in the next 10 years but will play an increasing role in the market after 2030, with 80% of all autonomous vehicles in shared applications being electric by 2040 due to lower operating costs.

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

Over 100 years after the legendary London department store first added an electric van to its fleet, Harrods is once again returning to EV technology, with the addition of the 100 percent electric Nissan e-NV200 delivery van.

The British department store is the latest European business to add a zero emission Nissan e-NV200 to its fleet, with more than 27,000 Nissan electric vehicles sold to businesses across Europe so far. Nissan officially handed over the 100 percent electric van to Harrods outside its luxury Knightsbridge store this week.

 

The Nissan e-NV200 has been specially adapted to perfectly fit Harrods’ delivery needs. The load space of the van has been fully refrigerated and shelving units added to allow for fresh groceries to be transported in optimum condition. The exterior has also been wrapped in the traditional green and gold Harrods livery to make it recognisable as it travels around the city.

The e-NV200 has a range of up to 170 km on a single charge*, which means it is easily capable of making up to 50 deliveries per week covering an average distance of 241 km in the London area with Harrods only needing to charge it once a week. With an average running cost of as little as €0.03 per km, the e-NV200 offers an alternative practical solution which will have a positive effect on city-centre air quality.

In 1919, the store used solid-tyred American Walker electric vans, later building its own fleet of 60 electric vehicles to deliver goods to local London customers. As petrol engines became more popular, the electric vans were slowly phased out. However with the introduction and development of new infrastructure and technology, Nissan has enabled Harrods to have an all-electric van on its fleet once again.

Source: Nissan

The Technological Centre for Plastics (Andaltec), Premo company, Madrid’s Institute for Science of Materials (ICMM- CSIC) and the Technical University of Madrid are working together in a project leading to the development of a wireless charging system for electric vehicle batteries. The intended aim is developing technological solutions to improve the limitations of current vehicles due to their limited autonomy. Nowadays, these batteries haven’t reached the level of energy density which would allow them to compete with traditional internal combustion vehicles.

The goal of this project, labelled “W Alma”, is the development and implementation of magnetic polymeric materials to be employed in the RFID field. The intention is that they can replace the currently used stacks of ferromagnetic material MnZn, the most fragile element and highest cause of problems on reliability, weight and volume for wireless charging systems of vehicles. This wireless charging system will provide Premo with a brand-new, high-tech product.

 

Andaltec’s contribution to this project is the manufacture of the magnetic platform’s prototype, which will allow the evaluation of different design alternatives for materials and geometry. Andaltec is also in charge of the manufacturing process, so that this prototype is the best and cheapest possible.

Current technology to charge batteries uses charging stations connected directly to the car through a cable. However, this system involves several drawbacks, such as the small number and high cost of cable charging stations for a future massive use in electric vehicles. Secondly, a fast charging process requires continuous high tension, as well as low current in order not to overheat the batteries. Thus, 300 to 700 VDC continuous tensions are required, which are lethal if in contact with humans. Besides, the isolation systems in the cables for these tension levels, and the needed connectors and safety plugs are very expensive.

On the other hand, the user experience related to the constant perception of the need of a continual vehicle charge deters the purchase and massive adoption of this electrical technology. As a result, the automotive industry is willing to improve the duration and autonomy of batteries and also simplify the charging process to the point that it is completely invisible and autonomous from the user. This is the ultimate aim of W Alma project.

Source: Andaltec

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.

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