Projects

EMEurope Research and Innovation (R&I) projects focus on the application and implementation of e-mobility with the objective of advancing the uptake and mainstreaming of the electrification of mobility in Europe.

In collaboration with the European Commission and the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association, European countries and regions set up the Electric Mobility Europe Call 2016 (EMEurope Call 2016) to further promote and advance electric mobility in Europe. In total 14 projects were selected for funding in the EMEurope Call 2016 address the following 5 key areas of electric mobility:

  1. System integration (transport, urban and sub-urban areas);
  2. Integration of urban freight and city logistics in e-mobility;
  3. Smart Mobility concepts and ICT applications;
  4. Public Transport;
  5. Consumer behaviour and societal Trends.

After the cancellation of one project, 13 projects representing all five key areas will be funded throughout the term of EMEurope.

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20 April 2018

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Projects

A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY TO ACCELERATE THE INTEGRATION OF ELECTRIC BUSES INTO EXISTING PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

The project COSTART aims to mitigate barriers to the application of electric buses (e-buses) into existing Public Transport (PT) systems. Therefore, the comprehensive approach COSTART with partners from different countries addresses actual research issues on two different levels. The theory level include component, Vehicle & Fleet simulations with specified configuration parameters concerning e. g. bus type, on-board components like Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and battery size under consideration of operating requirements and environmental conditions. The Decision tool (DT) with guidelines which support the decision-making process on business and social economics levels under consideration of a comprehensive socio-technical analysis, is the practice level. Thus, COSTART responds to both vehicle engineering issues, as well as operations and management.
The main goal is to determine important operating parameters of e-buses for PT fleet optimisation, especially during an inevitable transition period going from conventional to electric buses. The socio-technical systems analysis contains basically three governance policy levels: strategy, tactics and operations. A core methodology here is process evaluation. By following the various steps in in planning and operation, analyses will “tell the story” of e-bus testing and implementation in order for followers to gain experience. After integration of the policy analysis data, the DT will be finalised by the development of assessment models, intended to increase transparency of operating costs, increase awareness of social economics benefits, point out traps and pitfalls, and show influences of costs on the decision-making process in strategic questions.

Duration: 30 months
Partner Countries: DE, NL, NO, SE, TR

Cloud Your Bus

The Goal of “Cloud Your Bus” (CYB) is to create a data hub that provides live eBus and charge point data to OEMs, bus operators, charging infrastructure providers and operational planning solutions, with the aim to create operational excellence in zero emission bus operations. When different actors in the ecosystem are connected and agree to share data for the collective optimisation of the system, great efficiency gains can be realised in terms of costs, risks and time.
Such platform is a key requirement to make the transition from fossil fuelled to zero emission buses economically viable for bus operators as the uncertainty in zero emission bus operations is a factor higher than fossil fuelled operations. Buying extra assets to comply with concession requirements is very costly and hence new, cross-actor innovations are required to allow zero emission concessions to become profitable and reliable.
The CYB platform will cater for example:
• Influencing drivers to adopt the lowest possible energy profile by providing real-time feedback on drive style specifically tailored to electric buses while driving.
• Adapting line and charge planning in virtual real-time by monitoring set line/charge schedules and performing dynamic re-planning in case of exceptions.
• Monitoring life-time battery state-of-health by evaluating degradation patterns based on driving and charging patterns. Ensuring that buses are used in conformity with warranty conditions and proactive alerting if this is not the case.

Duration: 30 months
Partner Countries: ES, NL, TR

Website: www.cloudyourbus.com

E-TRACT

Main goal of E-TRACT is to validate a fully mechanically integrated electric traction system, as scalable solution for electrifying light duty vehicles (1.5-4.2 t), with a focus on minibuses (max. 20 seats) as concrete prime market mover. Main targets include: 25 % climbing at full load, 0-50 km/h in 5 sec. and 100 km/h max speed. Moreover, the adoption of multiple gear ratios will allow 95 % efficiency, avoiding low speed and low load motor output (35–50 %), extending the vehicle range autonomy and/or reducing battery energy content and cost (-50 %). The E-TRACT solution goes well beyond the state of the art due to superior output torque and power density, despite reduced room, and advanced drivability behaviors.

All components will be integrated into a demonstrator minibus, and tested on rolls and real driving cycles, including urban and suburban paths made available by the end users in the project. A full techno-economic assessment and business plan will assess industrial feasibility, market potential and investment rentability. A series of pre-commercial activities will prepare for market introduction.

Duration: 24 months

Partner Countries: IT, PO, TR

Electric travelling – platform to support the implementation of electromobility in Smart Cities based on ICT applications

ELECTRIC TRAVELLING is intended to ease the implementation and further development of electromobility (e-mobility) in urban and suburban areas. The project results will provide adequate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to identify smart e-mobility solutions adapted to specific urban or suburban areas and will ease the introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) and the required charging stations in the existing transport infrastructure.
The project will assist travelers in choosing the travel mode (including EVs) and route (by using ICT applications) and will support local authorities in the definition of appropriate directions for the development of e-mobility. The project aims at developing and improve to TRL 8 a complex ICT system ETSys to ease the implementation and further development of electromobility in urban and suburban areas based on two very innovative points from the micro and macro perspective. It will become a powerful tool to support the resolution of decision-making problems for local authorities (infrastructure managers, public authorities etc.). The implemented functions (among others: BIG DATA to understand daily travel patterns and their day-to-day fluctuations, LCA tool includes electric vehicles, multi-agent simulation and scenario comparison) will provide a guide in the development of a proper strategy in the design and implementation of the charging infrastructure.
The project product will be implemented in three cities (in the Netherlands, Hungary and Poland). Implementation process will include also case study to identify smart e-mobility solutions adapted to specific urban or suburban areas (includes real data about transport network, the different transport means’ schedules and costs, local incentives, etc.).

Duration:30 months
Partner Countries: ES, HU, NL, PO

Website: www.electrictravelling.com

Electric Mobility as a Service

Electric Mobility as a Service (eMaaS) combines highly innovative technology and new business models to create the conditions for large scale adoption of Electric Vehicles (EV). We can achieve this by enabling sharing of EVs, thus optimizing their utilization and reducing cost. This combination will make EVs functionally and cost equivalent to Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles (ICEV) by replacing individual ownership of vehicles with shared EVs which are utilized on-demand, as a service. “Sharing” will become the underlying principle of enterprise mobility. In addition, we connect EV sharing services to other eco-friendly modes of mobility. Finally, we put our users at the centre and work towards easily accessible solutions. The largest phase of the eMaaS project involves the pilots. These aim to demonstrate and commercially scale up in each partner country. The pilots are tailored to the local conditions and the existing partner systems as well as the fleets and city transport policies and needs.
To achieve our goal of increasing the adoption of electric vehicles, we use the combined knowledge of our partners to analyse and demonstrate a cloud-based solution running on an open urban platform. This kind of platforms allows with its interface architecture the addition of legacy systems and thus enables corporate fleets to offer sharing schemes. This will include EV fleet management applications that both enable sharing of EVs between fleet users and provide a range of fleet management functions. Including real-time routing, scheduling, operator matchmaking maintenance planning and billing. We integrate with our solution advanced vehicle telemetry to provide real-time accurate battery usage, location and routing.
We will also innovate the business model to allow EVs to directly compete with ICEV and offer attractive mobility solutions. The toolkit is a comprehensive suite of cloud based fleet management applications that allows existing SME providers of EV fleets (current EV fleet market is dominated by SMEs) to enjoy the same management functions as existing large scale ICEV fleets and thus reducing operational costs and providing equivalent service performance.

Duration: 30 months
Partner Countries: AT, DE, HU, NL, SE

Website: www.emaas.eu

Electric Mobility Without Frontiers

The project Electric Mobility Without Frontiers (EMWF) main goal is to tackle the challenges laid out ahead. By providing a flexible and interoperable system to collect, bundle and distribute relevant information, the EMWF consortium will develop, implement and demonstrate a future proof system for smart city integration.
The EMWF project aims to deliver a wide variety of results centred on the acquisition, transmission and distribution of charge date of electric vehicles. At the core of the project lies the implementation of pilot sites in all participating countries. At these sites, charging poles will be upgraded with camera-based sensor technology to provide accurate data on the availability of charging opportunities, independent of the chargers plug status. The information from the charging poles and sensors are transmitted to a data platform which enables third parties access to the data, based on commercial agreements between market players. From here, the data is accessible e.g. by navigation service providers, to display on smart phones and navigation systems as well as add their own additional services, like occupation prediction at the users time of arrival. By basing the system on open protocols and a market efficient approach, EMWF aims to create a precinct for smart city architecture.
In addition to the practical implementation of the system described above, the EMWF project will conduct research in various fields surrounding the charging of electric vehicles.

Duration: 30 months
Partner Countries: DE, ES, FI, NL

Electric Urban Freight and Logistics

The EUFAL project aims at providing a platform of exchange as a decision support system for companies willing to integrate electric vehicles (EV) in commercial vehicle fleets. The EUFAL platform will provide tools for companies at different stages of EV implementation: early planning of EV use, implementation of EV use, optimisation of the EV implementation. It will uptake and unite existing research results and technological developments of ongoing research projects (national, transnational, European) in commercial transport including fleet management and optimizing their composition.
Projects in the field of electric mobility in commercial transport have shown that there is a lack of information for decision makers and fleet managers concerning technical possibilities and costs of EVs. EUFAL closes this gap by means of providing and demonstrating the platform of exchange and involving stakeholders right from the outset of the project. For this experienced EV users and developers of EV business models will be addressed. Developed tools for the platform of exchange will include the next stage development of the routes optimisation platform DYNATOP. It will showcase a multi-purpose city logistics system which is both economically and environmentally sustainable based on the use of EVs supported by ICT optimisation tools. The project will analyse the status of EV implementation in cities based on examples. The demonstration and evaluation of the implementation and application of electric mobility includes urban freight and city logistics in several countries. Environmental impacts of EVs in city deliveries and expectations for battery charging infrastructure development will be analysed. Use patterns of corporate fleets will be analysed and EV potentials identified. National framework and business environment for EV deployment in urban commercial transport will be assessed.

Duration: 30 months
Partner Countries: AT, DE, DK, PO, TR

Innovative Vehicle to Grid model for electric mobility deployment in Europe

In the last decade, consumer demand is shifting in favour of e-mobility, thanks to government support for electric vehicles (EV), investments in EV-charging infrastructure, purchase subsidies, tax exemptions, increase in OPEX of traditional private mobility, decrease of electric vehicles costs. On the other hand, automakers perceive e-mobility as essential for achieving compliance with emission, sustainability and fuel economy EU targets.

When a full deployment of electric vehicles will be in place, electric distribution networks will be deeply affected, trying to deal with increased energy consumptions and peak power requests. At the same time, the grid will deal with increasing inputs of distributed sources of renewables, with their intermittent and not completely foreseeable contributions. To address the growing mismatch between production and demand of energy, EVs will become an important actor of the future “Smart Grid” and electricity markets. In this scheme, electric vehicles will act as flexible distributed stationary accumulator, able to store and release electrical energy, to compensate peak production and to support and stabilize the distribution grids. This concept is called bidirectional power flow. Operating by dual functionality, the vehicle assumes a completely different value to cost ratio.

Fully in line with these prerogatives, the V2G project will test and validate this concept by combining:

  • an electrical light quadricycle with an updated Battery Management System and a bi-directional battery charger able to interface in charge and discharge with the electricity network. The benefits of a light vehicle (circa -60 % in weight), for the V2G paradigm are the low consumption (circa -50 % in energy) and the appeal for wide spread in urban mobility. Two prototype vehicles will be developed and used in the pilot, for the two selected applications (residential and public charging infrastructure)
  • solutions for V2G charging stations, both for domestic and public applications, taking into account current and future technical regulations and energy market development and possibilities;
  • an Energy Management and Control System, coordinating the different stakeholders’ needs/inputs and availability to participate in network balance and dispatching market.

The project is presented by a high-level, and well-balanced consortium of 4 companies (1 Large Enterprise, 2 SMEs and 1 Research Center) from three different EU countries (Italy, Denmark and Germany), all with very high and complementary expertise and roles.

Duration: 24 months
Partner Countries: IT, DE, DK

evRoaming for electric mobility in Europe

The main objective of the project is to facilitate roaming services for charging electric vehicles and provide transparent information to consumers about charging locations and prices of charging in Europe, by making use of the open independent Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol. The ultimate goal is to allow any EV driver to charge at any charging station in the EU.
A key part of the project involves regional and transnational pilots, aimed at addressing and resolving functional, technical, legal, and fiscal obstacles, thereby promoting the creation of one European market for EV drivers and related products and services. Four regions in four different countries will implement the pilots. With these pilots completed successfully, ‘local’ obstacles (functional, technical, fiscal or legal) concerning EV-Roaming will be removed: EV drivers will be able to charge their vehicle in other countries, will be invoiced correctly and have potentially access to Services.
This project realizes an essential precondition for a mature European market for EV charging infrastructure. EV drivers will be able to travel across Europe without obstacles and have access to services and information (locations, availability, tariffs) for their charging needs. It has positive impact on energy efficiency, use of renewable energy and therefore on climate ambitions. Cost of access to the EV charging market will be reduced, competition will move towards services instead of protocols and this provides a fertile ground for innovation and job creation.

Duration: 24 months
Partner Countries: AT, DE, DK, NL

Orchestrating Smart Charging in mass Deployment

The goal of the Orchestrating Smart Charging in mass Deployment (OSCD) project is to enable mass EV deployment in the most economical way while sustaining grid services and utilizing renewable energy by orchestrating smart charging leading to reduced CO2 emissions. On the basis of the OSCD project, DSOs will have access to tools and grid-services enabling new and disruptive business models for e-mobility parties through which they can improve and influence the charging process to reduce grid expansion costs – creating benefits for the economy and society.
The plan includes innovative ways to better understand the situation specific challenges in an integrated way, taking into account the grid complexity, better analyse the situation based on real and simulated data. We combine an academic and operational approach, leading to innovative, disruptive and advanced practical solutions that will improve existing protocols and enables the orchestrating of various interfaces and transactions. A better EV charging environment and a balanced grid are the results. In the project, we plan to orchestrate the various interfaces and protocols and create a solution that will enable to balance the electricity network capabilities and the EV charging/ driver needs. The capabilities and experiences of the different involved parties are complementary.
The project combines several applications of smart charging together leading to grid benefits and making smart charging economically interesting for implementation, increasing the benefits of charging for the EV owner thus encouraging EV ownership and increasing the penetration of EV globally. Orchestration of Smart Charging is necessary to enable mass deployment of EV. The further development of (local) ‘grid services’ will put the EV in the position to ‘solve’ the DSOs (future) congestion challenge. Summarised, the result of the project will be ‘a better EV charging environment and a balanced grid’.

Duration: 30 months
Partner Countries: AT, DE, IL, NL

Planning Process and Tool for Step-by-Step Conversion of the Conventional or Mixed Bus Fleet to a 100 % Electric Bus Fleet

The main objective of the PLATON project is to define a planning process for the conversion of a given diesel or mixed bus fleet to a 100 % electric bus fleet and to implement this process into a web-based software tool. Due to the complexity of this issue, the planning process is based on basic methods which contain all the expert knowledge and experience required.
Firstly, relevant real life cases and requirements will be collected from electric bus manufacturers (including variability of bus models, electrical power storage devices and power charging systems, bus mechanical specificity, etc.) and public transport operators (including characteristics of bus fleets and routes, operating and management cost of buses etc.). Based on the results, input data, constraints and output data for the planning process and the basic methods will be determined. The most complex scientific part of the project concerns the mathematical modelling of the physical devices and the whole transportation system optimal design, as well as the improvement and efficiency increasement of existing basic methods using computer science algorithms.
The expected impact of the project is a more reliable and therefore faster conversion of conventional buses to electric buses and therefore an acceleration of environment and climate protection. The bus manufacturer can offer the tool to increase the level of sales of electric buses, however, operators and consultants of public transportation can easily analyse different ways to conduct the conversion to 100 % electric fleet by using the tool.

Duration: 30 months

Partner Countries: AT, BY, DE, PO

Promoting Electric Mobility in Urban Europe

proEME supports the development of electric mobility in urban Europe. The scientific objectives of the project are focused on creating the critical mass of electric mobility communities in order to analyse and accelerate electric vehicles (EV)-markets in Europe. The project stimulates capacity building by activating those who make the decisions on mobility and transport related to EVs, to create multiplier effects and to reach out to mobility consumers, directly via an automobile club pilot and the internet. Through direct contact with stakeholders the authenticity of the scientific analysis will be increased. In addition, proEME advances the understanding of decision making of mobility consumers, private and used car customers, fleet managers, dealers, leasing companies, manufacturers and authorities for green public procurement, and shows how new mobility trends can be used to deliver win-win-situations for electric mobility. Analysis, dissemination and exchange of results within the new established international network of stakeholders and policy makers will boost policy support and expand the scientific findings of electric mobility. Therefore, proEME will advance scientific knowledge, create critical masses in selected regions and provide blueprints on how to accelerate the uptake of EVs best.

Duration: 30 months
Partner Countries: BY, DE, DK, ES, FI, HU, NL, SE

Website: www.pro-eme.eu

Trolley Systems 4 Smart Cities

Trolley 2.0 focuses on the improvement of public transport which is already today the number one congestion killer in urban areas and electric public transport has a high potential to also reduce CO2 and other transport related emissions, e.g. particulate matters or noise. With Trolley 2.0, the efficiency of battery supported trolley buses will be increased by using in motion charging to increase the ability to operate beyond the limits of the catenary infrastructure. The will enable trolleybus cities to provide direct connections from remote areas which are operated by diesel buses today. Furthermore, the project goal of using the existing trolley grid as a DC charging backbone for electric vehicles will lead to new combined electro mobility services for smart cities.
In conclusion, Trolley 2.0 will support efficient public transport, flexible operation and simplified extension of trolley bus networks as well as combined use of the existing trolley grid infrastructure for further electrification of mobility in cities. New solutions like smart trolley grid management, incorporation of renewable energy sources (RES) into the grid and innovative bi-directional stationary energy storage concepts will help to create smart trolley grids making trolleybus systems the most energy-efficient and green systems in Europe. Trolley 2.0 solutions will extremely simplify the operation of trolleybuses with in-motion charging and may help to give this well-established technology a new push for both, cities with trolley buses (ca. 350 all over the world) and those without them, as potential recipients for Trolley 2.0 solutions. The project will set-up a Trolley 2.0 User Forum that enables continuous learning and knowledge exchange and will lead to impact through replication and market uptake of Trolley 2.0 project solutions.

Duration: 30 months
Partner Countries: AT, DE, HU, NL, PO

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EMEurope is co-funded by the European Commission as part of the ERA-NET Confund scheme under Horizon 2020 Programme for EU funding programme for research and innovation under grant agreement no. 723977.