The electric vehicle shapes a new urban, industrial and energy model in the post-COVID era

FuturENERGY September-October 2020

Coinciding with the European Mobility Week, from 16 to 22 September, the Office of Javier García Breva has presented its latest IPM Report “The Industrial Revolution of the Electric Vehicle”, which analyses how the electric vehicle represents the best opportunity for the convergence of the industrial, energy and urban planning policy as regards energy and climate objectives, through coherent policies. The report highlights the adaptation of the economy and of the habits of people towards greater demands for sustainability and habitability, which determine new competition regulations in fields such as distributed renewable energy, smart e-mobility and self-sufficient buildings that integrate the electric vehicle into the energy management of the building.

The scenario left by coronavirus requires a redesign of buildings, homes, offices, transport, as well as the way we live and work. The transformation of the urban and rural environment will be determined by environmental sustainability and a new way of using energy. Pollution and sustainable mobility take on an importance hitherto unthinkable in the design of buildings and transport. The electric vehicle (EV) will dominate over the internal combustion engine. Energy refurbishment, integrating smart charging into the energy management of the buildings and dwellings, will the main tool.

EU Directive (EU) 2018/844, on energy efficiency in buildings, in force since July 2018, extends the technical installations of the building, requiring the inclusion of infrastructures and charging points for EVs in nearly zero-energy buildings which, along with self-consumption, renewables and smart meters, will form part of the energy efficiency calculation of the building. This cross-disciplinary approach, integrating several policies, aims to open competition in sectors such as self-consumption, storage and charging points to new agents, such as residents’ energy communities, cooperatives, local entities and SMEs. The reduction in emissions will be greater in small economies.

By Javier García Breva. The Office of Javier García Breva