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The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), Eurelectric and Transport & Environment (T&E) are calling on the European institutions to facilitate a rapid roll-out of smart charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. This is a unique collaboration as it marks the first time that the EU auto industry, electricity sector and the green group have joined forces to push for a common goal.

E-mobility has a crucial role to play in decarbonising road transport and meeting Europe’s climate objective. As Brussels gears up for a new political term, the three associations are therefore urging policy makers to guarantee the ‘right to plug’ to all those who use an electric vehicle, so that everyone across Europe can get access to charging which should be as simple as refuelling today.

This will require a massive deployment of strategically located ‘smart charging’ infrastructure right across the EU. Smart infrastructure will enable drivers to charge without severely affecting, or overloading, Europe’s electricity grids. It provides clear benefits to customers, the power system, the automobile industry and society at large, the associations believe.

ACEA, Eurelectric and T&E signed this joint call to action today at ACEA’s ‘Leading the mobility transformation’ Summit in Brussels. On this occasion, the auto and electricity industries confirmed their commitment to making more focused investments in both vehicle technology and smart charging solutions.

Whether it is urban or motorway public charging, all barriers to infrastructure deployment and e-mobility growth must be removed. In order to make charging at home, work and on motorways easy and accessible for all drivers, policy makers should reform and strengthen key legislation, such as the soon to be revised EU alternative fuels law (AFID) and the EU buildings directive (EPBD). Existing EU funding instruments must also be better leveraged to speed up the roll-out of infrastructure, and other financial instruments should be targeted to unlock new solutions to improve coverage across all member states.

“The EU auto industry wants to work with all stakeholders to make zero-emission mobility a reality,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. “To convince more customers to make the switch to electric vehicles, we have to remove the stress associated with recharging. This means that everyone must have the option to recharge their vehicle easily, no matter where they live or where they want to travel to.”

“The race to the future is on. We must remove all barriers and make the shift to electric mobility as easy and convenient as possible. Every consumer should have a ‘right-to-plug’ – and the roll-out of public charging points must accelerate. By 2025, we need 1.2 million public charging points in Europe,” said Kristian Ruby, Secretary General of Eurelectric.

Julia Poliscanova, Clean Vehicles Director at T&E said: “A rapid shift to electric cars powered by clean electricity is essential if we want to halt dangerous global warming. Now that carmakers are preparing a wave of new and affordable electric models, we need to ensure the fast and easy deployment of charging points at home, at work and on the road so that charging an electric car becomes a completely hassle free experience for citizens across the EU.”

Source: ACEA

BP has announced that its venturing business has invested $5 million in FreeWire Technologies Inc., a US-based manufacturer of mobile EV rapid charging systems, and plans to roll out FreeWire’s Mobi Charger units for use at selected BP retail sites in the UK and Europe during 2018.

Using FreeWire’s mobile system BP can respond very quickly and provide charging facilities at forecourts where there is the greatest demand without needing to make significant investments in today’s fixed technologies and infrastructure. BP also studies the opportunity to explore options for providing charging services away from its existing retail sites.

The Mobi Charger can be quickly and cost effectively scaled across vast transportation networks — flexibility that delivers benefits all along the EV charging value chain.

BP is committed to supporting the transition to a lower carbon economy through focusing on reducing its own operational emissions, improving its products to enable customers to lower their emissions and creating low carbon businesses. BP Ventures supports each of these areas by identifying emerging trends and businesses, making strategic investments and testing technologies and solutions for their scalability. The investment in FreeWire is an example of how BP Ventures is working alongside BP’s Downstream business.

Source: BP

Circontrol presented its new DC quick charging station Raption 50 in the last EVS30 exhibition celebrated last month in Stuttgart. This new Raption 50 series includes modular technology, which allows higher uptime and increases flexibility, without sacrificing a stylish and modern design.

Meeting market demands

Circontrol’s third-generation quick charger has broken into the market to address the main problems identified by charge point owners or operators regarding fast charging and to make EV driver’s daily live easier. High speed and uptime, cool design and user-friendliness are its key attributes.

Higher uptime, availability and flexibility thanks to modular power technology

Unlike other quick charge units, Raption 50 series increases its uptime and the availability for users thanks to its functioning in state-of-the-art modular power technology with four individual power packs delivering 12.5kW each. Traditionally, rapid chargers operate via a single power pack, rendering a charger out of use if the power unit fails but the Raption 50 continues charging EVs at a lower output by drawing power from the functioning packs. Furthermore, due to its modular technology, Raption series also offers flexibility through scalable power so if a local power network does not support rapid charging or if a user only needs to draw 25kW of power it may adjust the supply. On the contrary, taking into account the future EV growing battery demands, Raption 50 is able to scale the chargers back up to deliver more power.

High performance without renouncing design

Designed specially to be placed where vehicles need to be ready to continue their journey in less than half an hour, such as fuel stations, road-side rest areas or airports, among others, the new unit completes an 80% charge in 30 minutes with simultaneous charging for two EVs at 50kW DC and 43kW AC. Despite its high performance, Raption 50 Series is smaller and slimmer than its predecessors.
In fact, its external appearance is one of its strengths. It has a sophisticated and slim enclosure but at the same time it is robust and ensures high durability. For this reason, this new series is ideal for any type of site, from the most stylish urban areas to industrial sites.

User and operator friendly

Another key attribute of the new Raption 50 is its usability. It has been developed with inputs from customers so it meets all their needs. For example, it includes a user friendly and ultra-fast 8” touchscreen daily readable with multiple language options; an inbuilt courtesy light for better visibility at night and/or secure charging connector holsters that can only be unlocked from the charging station with a verified RFID card or with the backend authenticate protocol, reducing damage to the equipment through improper use or vandalism. In addition, the Raption 50 emits no audible high frequency noise and the height of connectors/display has been adapted for handicapped. Due to all these reasons, user satisfaction increases considerably as well as operator’s.

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

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

As of the 10th January 2017, Ingeteam has been part of the CharIn organisation, focused on growing the fast charging system for CCS Combo electric vehicles.

This Berlin-based CharIn e. V. association was founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Mennekes, Opel, Phoenix Contact, Porsche, TÜV SÜD and Volkswagen. The purpose of the association is to provide sufficient support to the fast charging infrastructure for the next generation of electric vehicles with higher operating ranges, which are currently being developed by many manufacturers.

 

CharIn is drawing up the specification for a new 350 kW ultra-fast charger offering charging times of just 20 minutes for 300 kms.

Now that Ingeteam is a member of this organisation, the company is in a position to collaborate in drawing up the technical specifications required for the development of rapid charging, and may possibly conduct interoperability tests.

Source: Ingeteam

Endesa has presented an ultra-fast charging solution for e-buses, a project on which it is working together with TMB, the Barcelona Metropolitan Transport company. This system is able to charge 80% of the battery of the e-bus in just 5 minutes, thanks to a charger that connects to a pantograph installed in the roof of the vehicle.

The project is currently undergoing works phase in Cisell Street, close to the Plaza del Nou, in the Barcelona neighbourhood of La Marina del Prat Vermell in the district of Sants-Monjuic.

The ultra-fast charging system benefits from a 400 kW output and comprises a module around 5 m tall, similar to a street light, situated at the final stop on the bus route, where the vehicle stands for a few minutes before restarting its circular route. Installed into the roof of the vehicle is a retractable pantograph – a device equipped with a mechanical arm – that, via a sensor, detects once the point is reached where the module has to be charged. Once correctly positioned, the arm of the pantograph folds out and connects with the housing of the charging system.

The charger is connected to the Endesa control centre, from where data will be shared with TMB, giving real time information about the activity of the device and the status of the connected vehicle. The launch of the charger has also involved installing an underground transformer station exclusively designed to operate the charger.

The metropolitan bus route that will benefit from this system is the H16 that links the Forum in Barcelona with the Free Trade Zone, following a 12 km route that runs parallel to the sea and passing through Poble Nou, the Olympic Village, Plaza Cataluña and Plaza España. This route, part of the new bus network, will incorporate two Solaris Urbino 18 articulated vehicles. These 18 metre long buses are fully electric and as such are zero emissions. They are the first of this size to be manufactured in Europe and are currently undergoing testing at the TMB’s engineering department. This projects reaffirms Barcelona’s position at the forefront of the implementation of clean solutions for bus transport based on progressive electrification: its 5 PEVs plus 159 hybrids account for 15% of the TMB’s operational fleet.

The 278 charging points set up every 80 km along Germany and Belgium’s main motorways, will allow drivers of electric vehicles to “refuel” and extend their car’s range. The total investment of the EU-funded cooperation is approximately €18 million.

Every one of the multi-standard fast-chargers spread out over four countries have AC and DC connections, allowing drivers to charge their vehicles’ batteries easily and quickly. Electric vehicles can be charge up to 80% on the charging stations within an hour.

Renault sells more electric vehicles in Europe than any other car manufacturer and had a market share of over 23 percent in 2015. Indeed, nearly one out of every four electric vehicles sold in Europe comes from the French manufacturer.

Under the leadership of the charging station operator Allego, the project Fast-E brings together nine companies in the industry, including three charging station operators (RWE Effizienz, enviaM and Allego) as well as four car manufacturers (Volkswagen AG, BMW AG, Renault SAS, Nissan Center Europe), DB Energie GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn and the Hamburg-based company hySolutions, which, as a competence centre in several charging infrastructure projects, is responsible for the integration of new drive technologies in urban transport. The quick-charging stations installed as part of the project employ the Combined Charging System (CCS) and CHAdeMO, each with up to 50 kW power output, as well as a type 2 connector with 43 kW power output. The project is expected to end in December 2017 with the completion of the accompanying studies; the charging infrastructure will continue to operate commercially thereafter.

 

Source: Renault

Swiss connector specialist Multi-Contact has developed an innovative connector for fast charge systems that allows e-buses to charge up en route, paving the way for environmentally friendly inner city transportation. The system is simple. When the driver of the e-bus pulls up at the bus stop, the charge point folds out: a flexible tube with a male connector clicks into the charging socket installed on the bus, starting the charging process on emission of a signal. The amount of energy that can be transferred during this short stop is sufficient to recharge the starter battery.

As these e-buses have the possibility to refuel large quantities of energy 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.

The entire system is designed to ensure reliability as well as guarantee the safety of the driver, passengers and pedestrians. Whether plugged in or not, all live parts are out of reach of the passengers and are protected against accidental contact. Only once the contact carrier has been mechanically and precisely connected, the power and signal contacts are made and the electronic release is activated to start the charging process. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2016

Since 2013, transport companies all over Germany have been testing electric buses equipped with Bombardier’s PRIMOVE system. Now the city of Marburg has joined the group of cities that are trying out this new technology. This combination of long-life batteries, an efficient propulsion system and inductive fast charging technology, has already proven its suitability for everyday passenger services, even on the most demanding bus routes.

The first PRIMOVE 12 metre long e-bus has been successfully serving passengers in Brunswick, Germany since March 2014. In December that year, the world’s first 18 metre articulated e-buses complemented passenger operations in the same city. PRIMOVE equipped e-buses are also running in Berlin and Mannheim, Germany and in Bruges, Belgium. Vehicles with inductive charging on the roads of these cities have already covered more than 230,000 km since passenger operations started with the first PRIMOVE electric bus.

In the Chinese city of Nanjing, trams have been equipped with lightweight and long-life PRIMOVE batteries. Furthermore, in March 2015 Bombardier signed an agreement with one of the world’s largest automakers for the serial development of the PRIMOVE inductive charging solution for EVs. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2016

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