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Green eMotion study to ramp up EV adoption

Posted: 11 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:electromobility? electric vehicles? electrical networks?

The Green eMotion project is an EU-funded initiative whose main objective is to demonstrate the integration of electromobility into electrical networks. The project aims to contribute to the development and also the improvement of new and existing standards for electromobility interfaces. Green eMotion gathers a consortium of 42 partners from companies in the automobile, manufacturing and industrial sectors. The consortium also includes technology and research institutions and universities.

Four of the project's Ireland-based partnersESB, Trinity College Dublin, Codema and Cork City Councilhave received $2.1 million (1.5 million euros) in funding to research on national electric car use and the different technologies that can be deployed to maximize sustainable transport methods. One of the major task Green eMotion's Irish partners are working on is to develop the design criteria for electric vehicle charging networks. The group will also study fleet management of electric vehicles and the connection and construction techniques for charging points.

Concurrently, Tecnalia Research & Innovation, another Green eMotion partner based in Spain, will be analyzing and guiding the activities of network operators, electricity suppliers, car manufacturers and telecommunications companies through the whole process.

The team will make detailed comparisons of the different business models used today and study how the models can improve in the future. For example, the team can advise electricity supply companies on what types of tariffs can be applied, or car manufacturers on the devices needed in vehicles, without increasing costs.

The research findings will help identify new services electric vehicles can offer to companies. The study will also be able to evaluate the impact of the mass deployment of these vehicles could have on the electric supply network.

The main goal of the study is to pave the way for the adoption of electric vehicles in the mainstream market. Green eMotion is targeting that more than 10,000 recharging points will be available throughout Europe. Around 1,000 points will be installed in Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga in Spain; 3,600 in Berlin, Germany; 400 in Rome and Pisa in Italy; and 100 in Strasbourg, France.

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