Green eMotion conference showcases an EU-wide interoperable electromobility system

Siim Kallas arriving at the Green eMotion conference

Brussels, September 18, 2014: The EU's flagship electromobility project, Green eMotion, organized its first electric vehicle rally from the Green eMotion demonstration regions to Brussels. Over the past few days, five teams – EdF (Strasbourg), ESB (Belfast), RSE (Milano), TÜV Nord (Hanover), and Verbund (Vienna) – drove electric vehicles to Brussels using different charging stations along the way.

The tour culminated in a high-level conference with Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas. A parallel interoperability demonstration showed that the marketplace developed within the project now allows Europe-wide access to charging infrastructure.

Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Heike Barlag, Green eMotion Project Coordinator, Siemens AG and Hans ten Berge, EURELECTRIC Secretary-GeneralFollowing the keynote speech by Vice President Kallas on the future of electromobility in Europe and the perspective of the electricity industry presented by EURELECTRIC Secretary General Hans ten Berge, Green eMotion representatives from partners Enel, IBM, and RSE explained some of the project’s successes. These included the demonstration of a truly interoperable electromobility system, the creation of a marketplace for roaming throughout Europe, and the work performed on standardization.

More Green eMotion research areas addressed by speakers in the conference included the effect of electric vehicles on the power system (Imperial College), sustainable business models for electromobility (Tecnalia), increasing the acceptance of electric cars (DTU), and evaluating and influencing their range (DTI).


Dr. Heike Barlag explaining the Green eMotion interoperable electromobility system to Commissioner Kallas and Hans ten Berge (Eurelectric)In a second highlight of the event, Green eMotion partners demonstrated their developed interoperability solution with electric vehicles and charging infrastructure from different operators throughout Europe. The charging infrastructure for the demonstration was provided by EDF, Endesa, Enel, ESB, Iberdrola, and RWE. The demonstration showed how users can easily charge their electric cars independent of their local infrastructure operators. This is made possible by the Green eMotion marketplace platform provided by IBM, an open ICT infrastructure developed by the project that includes a clearinghouse service from SAP for roaming. This marketplace was also used during the Rally to Brussels when the teams charged with their own user IDs at the charging stations of other project partners. The teams drove long distances to Brussels: more than 1,200 kilometers from Vienna in an Opel Ampera, over 1,100 kilometers from Milano in a BMW i3, more than 600 kilometers from Belfast in a Nissan Leaf, and nearly 600 kilometers from Hanover in a Renault Zoe. The driving experience was really great for most of the teams, but it showed that there is still room for improving the European charging infrastructure, the accessibility of the charge points, and the signage at the charging locations.

The driving teams also posted fun tweets about the event:

"Green eMotion has achieved major milestones during the 3.5 years of project work to enable the mass market rollout of electromobility: a prototype implementation of a truly scalable open ICT system to enable Europe-wide access to charging infrastructure, the development of the necessary standards for electromobility and a roadmap for future standardization work, and detailed technical work – from grid impact studies to the evaluation of electric vehicles under real-life conditions – as well as the preparation of guidelines and policies," said Dr. Heike Barlag, Siemens AG, the Green eMotion project coordinator.



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Keynote Speech by Vice-President Kallas

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1 – Demonstrating a Real Interoperable Electromobility System

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2 – The Green eMotion Marketplace

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3 – Standardization and Interoperability

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4 – Impact of mass EV rollout on EU electricity system

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5 – The way to sustainable business models for electromobility

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6 – How to Increase the Acceptance of EVs

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7 – EV range investigated

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8 – Development of the European Framework for Electromobility

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