Endesa and Mitsubishi envisages the roll-out of a fleet of 200 electric vehicles

The four-year project will test the new services and advantages offered by e-mobility on a mass scale. A fleet of 200 electric vehicles with lithium ion batteries will be rolled out while 220 standard recharging points and a further 16 rapid charge points will be installed.

The project will serve as a real strategic test of the deployment and uptake of emission-free e-mobility that will permit the impact at the level of pollutant emissions and energy consumption within a community to be evaluated.

It has been presented as part of the cooperation programme between the Spanish government and the Japan Spain Innovation Program.

Spanish involvement, which is headed by Endesa, includes the Telefónica and Sadiel companies, which will develop the communications platform and systems required to provide these services.

Endesa and Mitsubishi are spearheading the consortium that will roll out the ZEM4ALL (Zero Emissions Mobility for All) project in Malaga, a Euro 60 million initiative which will trial on a mass scale the new services and advantages offered by e-mobility in cities. The four-year project will involve Japanese companies headed by Mitsubishi Corporation, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Hitachi, and Spanish companies led by Endesa, Telefónica and Sadiel.

The project envisages the roll-out of a fleet of 200 electric vehicles, around which the necessary infrastructure (220 standard recharging points and a further 16 rapid charge points), communications, energy distribution grid optimisation and user interaction technologies will be developed and integrated. It will also entail the creation of a unique interaction framework in which all the agents involved in e-mobility (vehicles, users, city council, citizens, recharge points, distribution network, etc.) can communicate and operate together.

The project is the outcome of the deal struck in Japan last September between Endesa and Mitsubishi Corporation. It has been presented as part of the Japan Spain Innovation Program (JSIP) being developed in Japan by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and in Spain by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI). In fact, it already has the official approval of NEDO, which today signed the document between the authorities in Malaga that will permit the activities planned by the Hispano-Japanese consortium to be carried out in the city.

Malaga has been selected because it already boasts Smartcity, the initiative spearheaded by Endesa which seeks to foster a new energy management model in major cities. This will permit the best possible use to be made of the new technologies that will be put at the service of e-mobility based on smart electricity infrastructure.

The key technical objectives of the project include:

Development of a mobility management centre.

Development of an integrated communications platform for electric vehicles and recharge points.

Integration of renewable energies and energy storage systems.

Development of technological solutions that facilitate the rapid charge and discharge of electric car lithium ion batteries to the vehicle-to-grid (V2G).

Rollout of navigation, location and occupation solutions for recharge points.

Development of consumption and supply management systems for recharging.

Endesa Endesa is committed to developing a sustainable transport policy based on electric vehicles as a key element in combating climate change, a cornerstone of the company’s Sustainability Strategic Plan 2008-2012. To this end, it is involved in numerous national and European projects which aim, among other objectives, to standardise, define the business model for and raise awareness of electric vehicles in society. In Spain, the company is participating in the Cenit Verde project and in the implementation of the government’s electric mobility plan (MOVELE), in addition to other projects involving the grid integration of electric vehicles such as SmartCity, DER-22@, REVE, and projects to carry out research into, develop, and demonstrate EVs in Europe, such as G4V and ELVIRE and Green eMotion.

Mitsubishi Corporation Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is Japan’s largest general trading company and operates in 80 countries worldwide. It comprises over 560 companies and has an international workforce of some 60,000 employees. MC has longstanding business relationships with customers around the globe in virtually all sectors including the energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, food and general merchandise industries. MC strives to enrich society through its business activities, maintaining principles firmly rooted in integrity and fairness.

This agreement is in line with Endesa’s firm commitment to the development of a sustainable mode of transport. The electric vehicle is one of the key ways in which the company can combat climate change and a fundamental pillar of its 2008-2012 Strategic Sustainability Plan. Endesa wants to serve as an international benchmark, a leader in the sustainable means of transport market. Its objective is to provide an effective response to the manufacturing and infrastructure needs involved in rolling out an electric vehicle, contribute to an appreciation of the advantages of this type of transport among the general public and build on the business opportunities presented by the roll out of this new model.

To this end, the company is currently taking part in a number of national and European projects with various objectives, such as standardization, the definition of a business model and the integration of the electric vehicle into everyday life. Among others, it is taking part in the Cenit Verde project and in the development of the Government’s Electric Mobility plan (MOVELE), as well as other projects for incorporating the electric vehicle into intelligent networks, such as SmartCity, DER-22@, REVE (Regulación Eólica con Vehículos Eléctricos), together with research projects and electric vehicle demonstrations within Europe, such as G4V and ELVIRE. Endesa has also started to develop alliances between the main car manufacturers and the many other companies involved in this sector.