ENERGYACCESS How do you get electric cars started?

Published on Monday, 10 August 2015

In order definitely get electrical cars started, forward-looking policies, suitable regulations and the constant commitment of the industrial sector are necessary. An article that was recently published on The Guardianwebsite under the editorial partnership with Enel focused on the conditions that are required for the technological development attained by e-mobility to reach an ever broader public, so that electric cars will become an easily accessible possibility for evermore extensive areas of the so-called mass market.

The numbers of e-mobility show that market penetration is still very low: only 0.6% of the 85 million vehicles that were sold worldwide in 2014. However, these numbers fail to reflect the level of technological development attained by e-mobility which, thanks to partnerships within the industrial sector, can already provide super-fast charging systems, vehicles that can drive for long distances,  even outside of cities, and supporting infrastructure that can be provided by various operators, also enabling use  by 'electric drivers' from different countries serviced by different electrical operators.

Enel's e-mobility projects are an example of the development that has been achieved by the e-mobility sector The Group has been committed for almost a decade to initiatives in Europe and Latin America. The list of countries in which projects are ongoing includes ColombiaChile and Brazil, and in Italy and Spain Enel has established a leadership that has enhanced its contribution to global technological and infrastructural development.

The article on The Guardian website mentions, among the various ongoing projects in which Enel plays a central role, the European Green eMotion initiative, focused precisely on the removal of barriers that hinder the interoperability of e-mobility systems across Europe, and the agreement signed by Enel Distribuzione and Hubject GmbH ( a joint venture formed by BMW, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, RWE and Siemens) aimed to develop an eRoaming interoperable station platform across Europe. In fact, achieving the interface between different charging infrastructure that operate in various European countries is essential to also turn electric cars into a widespread  means of transportation  outside of cities. And the partnership between Enel and Hubject aims precisely at making Enel's Electric Mobility Management system (EMM) compatible with Hubject's eRoaming platform Intercharge, in order to speed up the interconnection of charging infrastructure, thus promoting the culture of environmentally-friendly journeys.

The EMMsystem is the jewel in the crown of Enel Distribuzione's electric mobility solutions. It's  a central remote-control system that enables the supervision of the entire infrastructural network in public and private environments and the full management of the entire charging process. Currently EMM includes the support of more than 2,000 charging stations belonging to Enel and other companies, and the platform is the keystone of e-mobility development without any boundaries.