Green eMotion at Electromobiliada 2013

The All-Russian EV and Charging infrastructure forum – Electromobiliada 2013 – took place recently in Moscow. Senan McGrath of ESB eCars Ireland gave a presentation on progress with the Green eMotion Project and in particular issues of interoperability, business models and experience sharing. He invited Russian demonstration projects to join the Green eMotion External Stakeholder Forum which meets twice year. The next  Forum meeting is in Barcelona in November.

Electromobility projects have started in Russia and are being led by Russian Grids and their subsidiary, Moscow United Electric Grid Company (Moesk). Roman Berdnikov, 1st Deputy to General Director for technical Policy, Russian Grids outlined the Russian Grids program which involves initial R&D projects followed by pilots and study of regulations affecting electric vehicle charging. All this work is a precursor to large scale deployment. Ekaterina Kvokova, Adviser to 1st Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors Russian Grids gave details of an EV project on the well-known tourist island of Balaam in Lake Ladoga involving a 16-seat electric bus, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and 8 charge points. Denis Tsypulev, Deputy Director of Dept of IT, strategy and business process with Moesk outlined projects with electric buses and vans as well as a pilot commercial charging network that is planned for Moscow. There was an interesting presentation on the electric Lada.

BMW’s  Head of e-mobility innovations division, Julian Weber announced plans to launch their i-series vehicles in Russia and both local representatives of both Mitsubishi and Volvo made similar announcements about their PHEVs. On display were a range of electric vehicles from Smith Electric, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet. The “EL-Lada” was also on display. Delegates had the opportunity to test drive a lot of the vehicles.

Electromobiliada was organised by Revolta, a Russian company specialising in the development of electromobility. Their goal is to develop electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in Russia. Their CEO Maxim Ororin presented their plans to the conference.