It is also looking at mass use of the Electric Vehicle, its societal impact, the services and communications required and possible challenges and opportunities. Enel, Endesa’s main shareholder, is also participating in this consortium along with other leading European utilities. The G4V project has a budget of around Euro 3.7 million over 18 months.
Endesa is actively involved with Enel in researching its impact on the grid and developing the communications and systems necessary to recharge vehicles.
The launch took place at Endesa’s offices in Malaga, and is aimed at supporting the company’s technological commitment to the city which is embodied in the SMARTCITY project.
The choice of this city also supports the European Commission’s “Green eMotion” showcase project with Endesa and Malaga as partners. Both the G4V and the Green eMotion projects are included in the EC’s 7th Framework Programme which encompasses all its research initiatives and plays a crucial role in achieving objectives in terms of growth, competition and employment.
Development of the Electric Vehicle at Endesa
Endesa is committed to developing a sustainable transport policy based on the electric vehicle as a key element in combating climate change, a cornerstone of its Sustainability Strategic Plan 2008-2012.
In Spain, Endesa is fully involved in the development of the government’s electric mobility plan (MOVELE), which is managed and coordinated by IDAE (the Spanish Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving) and involves the introduction of electric vehicles of various categories by the end of 2010 in various cities, with a variety of features and technologies, and which envisages the installation of 546 recharging points for these vehicles in Madrid (280), Barcelona (191) and Seville (75).
At the beginning of December, Endesa signed a collaboration agreement with the Madrid city council, represented by the Fundación Movilidad (FMOV), to launch the Movele project in alliance with Cobra Gestión de Infraestructuras.
A week earlier, Endesa had signed a collaboration agreement with the Barcelona city council to create Oficina Live for the joint development and promotion of electric mobility in the city. One of the main features of this agreement is the development of the Movele project.
Endesa is also involved in other projects aimed at the integration of the electric vehicle into smart grids such as the SmartCity, DER-22@ and REVE (Regulación Eólica con Vehículos Eléctricos) initiatives, and in electric vehicle collaborative research and demonstration projects in Europe such as the G4V and ELVIRE projects.
The ELVIRE project has a budget of around Euro 10 million, runs for three years, and also involves Continental, Renault and Volkswagen.
The aim of this project is to develop the necessary technology, solutions and services to permit constant interaction between EV drivers, their energy suppliers and the smart grid.
A consumer-oriented development is also proposed, with a services platform that optimises communication between users and their electric vehicles.
Of particular note is ENDESA’s contribution to the proposed solutions for the development of communication infrastructure with the energy supplier, charge control and system tariffs.
Different possible scenarios are being studied, taking into account security and interoperability. The G4V project has a budget of around Euro 3.7 million over 18 months.