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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…

Urban mobility is a cross-disciplinary challenge for Latin American cities. Congestion, with its consequent losses of productivity and quality of life, is usual in large Latin American cities. São Paulo, Bogotá, Mexico City, Medellín and Río de Janeiro occupy top spots in the global rankings that measure this phenomenon1. This is the case even where these cities have implemented integrated public transport systems (such as different forms of Bus Rapid Transit), which highlights the need to respond to the challenge of increasing motorisation through specific policies. In fact in some cases, it demonstrates a crisis of image of the public transport systems, where residents demand qualitative changes (less saturation, personal safety, better travel experience, better segmented services, new vehicular technologies) apart from the basic fact of availability.

In addition, the megatrends of electrification, digitisation, autonomous vehicles and the shared economy, have permeated the discussion of public policies as regards mobility. Electric vehicles and the advances made in terms of range and cost will gradually improve the feasibility of these technologies on the market. Moreover, the Internet of Things is starting to gain momentum as a platform to increase the efficiency of transport operations. In the current decade, non-motorised transport such as the bicycle has consolidated its space in the range of solutions. Even more recently, pedestrian mobility, road safety, access for all and gender trends have all enhanced the debate.

At such a defining and disruptive time, it is easy to be carried away by the latest technological advance announced through the social networks as a panacea. However, we must not be side-tracked from the basic concept of mobility, because neither electrification, or autonomous vehicles or digitisation will in themselves resolve the problems of congestion, pollution and poor road safety facing Latin Americans as they move around their cities. In his book ‘Human Transit’, Jarrett Walker defines mobility as the ease of moving ourselves beyond our walking range. This is rather a challenge of having a variety of options and less so about technologies, despite the latter playing an essential role in enabling and making the different options more efficient. Read more…

Jorge Augusto Suárez Velandia
Advisor on e-mobility and transport solutions for Volvo Group Mexico and collaborator on Volvo Bus North America

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2018

Circontrol joins its efforts with Saba, reference operator in the field of parking and urban mobility. Circontrol has collaborated with Bamsa (public-private Company that links Saba and Barcelona City Council) in the design of an innovative proposal to improve the efficiency of the management of its parking and the mobility of urban centers.

The great differentiation in these car parks is the installation in each square of a new system of LED lighting of very low consumption and great luminosity that improves the perception of comfort and security of the user when he is leaving or picking up his vehicle. At the same time this complementary illumination allows to turn off some lines of fluorescents maintaining an adequate level of illumination with a saving of the electrical consumption.

 

Circontrol not only offers a lighting system, its proposal offers a comprehensive and integrated solution for efficient parking management through its CirPark Platform software, which includes charging points for electric vehicles.

The guiding system has LED panels that show in real time the number of free spaces for each floor and in the corridors and help the Saba user to quickly and easily find a free space. This contributes to saving the driver’s time and expense of fuel as well as reducing the emission of gases inside the car park while maintaining air quality.

The parking operator also has daily, weekly and monthly reports that collect.

Source: Circontrol

Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-tech industrial batteries, has been awarded a major contract by Bombardier to supply the onboard battery systems for 61 FLEXITY trams under construction for Basel, Switzerland’s third most populous city. The Saft MSX nickel-based battery systems will provide emergency onboard backup power capable of driving the tram for short periods when the external power supply from the catenary is interrupted.

The contract for the new Basel tram fleet is a very significant development for Saft in Europe’s light rail sector which is currently growing at around 15 percent year on year.

Bombardier has developed the FLEXITY tram design to set new standards in urban mobility with a combination of 100 percent low-floor technology for ease of passenger access and conventional wheel-set bogies that ensure a perfectly smooth ride and low-noise operation. In 2012, Bombardier Transportation signed a contract for the delivery of up to 61 FLEXITY trams with the City of Basel’s Transport Authority (BVB). At €184 million, it is the biggest order placed by the BVB in its 116-year history. The new trams are being manufactured in Bautzen, Germany and in Vienna, Austria and will eventually replace the 101 Basel trams currently in service.

Each FLEXITY tram is being fitted with two 24 V Saft MSX battery systems sized to provide emergency short-term backup power for the traction systems. They will ensure that if the main overhead catenary supply is interrupted the vehicle will be able to continue to travel on to a section where power is available. The onboard batteries will also enable the tram to be driven for short distances in areas where there is no catenary, such as in the depot.

Hans Rudolf Feuz, Vice President Sales Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation said: “The Basel tram network, with its high frequency operation and large daily ridership is a particularly demanding tram network and the onboard battery systems play a critical role in ensuring the total continuity of passenger services. The Saft MSX batteries offer a compact, lightweight and powerful design that fits perfectly with our FLEXITY concept that emphasises energy efficiency, economy and ecology.”

The Saft battery systems for the Basel metro trains each comprise “19 MSX200” batteries. MSX is a specialised rail battery that delivers high power performance combined with high cycling capability over a very wide temperature range of – 30˚C to + 50˚C. MSX provides a compact lightweight package that enables train operators to optimise the size of their onboard battery system.

In 2013, Saft delivered 4 battery systems for the first two Basel FLEXITY trams that are now in test operation. Delivery of battery systems for the remaining 59 trams started in 2015 and will be completed in 2017.

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