Renault y EDF desarrollan un sistema para intercomunicar los coches eléctricos y los puntos de recarga

Renault-Nissan y Electricité de France (EDF) anunciaron el refuerzo del acuerdo de cooperación que firmaron en octubre de 2008 para la creación en Francia de un sistema de transporte a gran escala que garantice las emisiones cero, informaron hoy las dos compañías.

La colaboración entre los dos grupos se intensifica gracias al desarrollo de un sistema de carga que permite la comunicación entre los puntos de recarga y los vehículos eléctricos, bautizado "Power Line Communication" ("comunicaciones mediante cable eléctrico").

Este sistema facilita el intercambio de datos entre el punto de recarga y el vehículo como, por ejemplo, la identificación del coche o la localización del punto más próximo en función de sus autonomía.

Renault será el encargado de realizar las pruebas de integración de este sistema en los vehículos futuros.

Se trata, por tanto, de un "avance muy concreto que aportará un servicio adicional al cliente y que debería contribuir al desarrollo del mercado del vehículo eléctrico en Francia", señalaron las compañías.

En los protocolos del pacto firmado el pasado año figura el objetivo de proporcionar al consumidor el acceso a la movilidad eléctrica en 2011, para lo que la alianza Renault-Nissan y EDF estudia un concepto comercial innovador, abierto a otros proveedores, con el fin de crear un operador de movilidad eléctrico.


Renault: Pact With EDF On Electric Vehicle Recharge System

French car maker Renault SA (RNO.FR) and state-controlled utility Electricite de France (EDF.FR) said they have strengthened collaboration on a zero-emission electric vehicle.

Following the agreement signed on October 9, 2008 by Pierre Gadonneix, President and CEO of EDF, and Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Renault, the two partners have moved on to a new phase in the development of an electric vehicle by 2011.

EDF and Renault today signed an agreement on a recharge system enabling communication between recharge terminals and electric vehicles, called power line communication. or PLC.

This EDF-developed technology ensures the secure exchange of data between recharge terminal and vehicle, including vehicle identification and billing details.

Renault will carry out integration tests of this system with its future vehicles.

This is a concrete step forward that will contribute to the development of the electric vehicle market in France, Renault said.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has been striking one deal after another with utilities and governments in recent months, revving up for the launch of its first electric vehicle in 2011. Today, with the announcement of a new agreement with French utility EDF to deploy a charge management system, we’re getting a glimpse of how at least one of the auto alliance’s planned car-charging networks will actually work. According to releases from EDF and the Renault-Nissan Alliance this morning, the state-owned utility has developed a secure system for transmitting sensitive data between vehicles and charging terminals — including vehicle identification and billing information — using power line communication.

Last year, when Renault and EDF first announced plans for massive EV infrastructure buildout, starting in France, the partners said they would jointly develop a commercial charging network — but kept the project open to third parties and eventually created an “Electric Mobility Operator” to manage the system. If all goes well in Renault’s trials with integrating the power line communication system with its vehicles (built with batteries produced by Nissan’s joint venture with NEC), it could be a key tool for other companies, such as Better Place and IBM, hoping to provide software for handling EV charging data. EDF and Renault aren’t providing many details about plans for the technology, but from the release it sounds like EDF plans to provide a system for sending sensitive data over its power lines securely. The idea is to allow companies to send and receive “digital signals via the power cable without the need for additional wires,” as Green Car Congress explained last fall when infrastructure startup Elektromotive started integrating EDF power line communication technology into its charging stations the UK.

Renault-Nissan has already teamed up with utilities in San Diego, Calif., Oregon, Ireland and Switzerland for similar projects, and also formed partnerships (some of them along with EV infrastructure startup Better Place) with national, state and local governments, including Portugal and Israel.

But while the Renault-Nissan Alliance has been leading the industry pack in striking deals for EV infrastructure development ahead of its 2011 launch, the next two years hold significant hurdles for the team. Today’s news about progress with EDF comes at a time when it faces mounting financial hurdles.