Since 2010 the ENEVATE project partners from six North West European countries have been working on accelarating the introduction of e-mobility.
In 2014 the ENEVATE partnership has focussed on implementing e-mobility in regions where the uptake is more of a challenge, like in smaller cities and less populated (rural) areas. Together with regional stakeholders, e-mobility initiatives in seven regions in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the UK were selected, to be supported by the ENEVATE team:
• In Kempten, Bayern (D) the University of Applied Sciences, focusses at reaching young drivers with e-mobility and variants of shared e-car use. It deploys its experience on eco-coaching of fleets and driver assistance programs, based on its knowledge of electrical power systems, data acquisition and telemetry, energy consumption models and adaptive driver modelling.
• In the region of Nordhessen (Germany), the Regionalmanagement Nordhessen GmbH is implementing intermodal bookable EVs into the public transport system.
• In the province of Limburg (NL) a closed community electric car sharing programme is being implemented by EASN. The programme starts with ten vehicles and will most likely grow already in 2015 to a fleet of 40 vehicles. It base on the results of a feasibility study done in the first phase of ENEVATE and the lessons learned in Bayern with comparable initiatives;
• In the North East of England (UK), Future Transport Systems (FTS) promotes and stimulates the opportunities for electric vehicle uptake in existing car clubs. It also works on identifying the opportunity for e-mobility hubs that will include EV’s and e-bikes in combination with public transport in small urban and rural locations.
• The toolbox for strategic planning of charging infrastructure as developed by FTS (UK), has been applied by EASN and 25 communities in the province of Limburg (NL) with the results that the toolbox has been improved;
• Cardiff University in Wales is supporting the implementation of the Welsh Government strategy for e-mobility. The learning from a diverse range of rural EV pilots from Wales and the wider UK will be summarised in a white book.
• In Brabant (NL) AutomotiveNL will further develop the implementation of e-mobility in smaller communities, with for examples joint ownership of electric vehicles by residents of certain district or street.
• Campus Automobile Spa-Francorchamps ASBL (B) implemented an innovative didactic (test) environment for smart-grid solutions with bidirectional EV charging points technology. These innovative technology, as a new business model for EV especially in rural area, will give another usage of the EV, not only as a transport system but also as an integrated smart energy management using the battery of the car as a storage system.
These implementations have provided valuable feedback, on the opportunities for larger scale implementation of e-mobility outside metropolitan areas, as well as the challenges still to overcome in this more rural areas in relation to vehicles and technology, charging infrastructure and mobility concepts.
Detailed information about the outcomes can be found in the ENEVATE2.0 Final Report.