The Enel Group made another important step forward in electric mobility interoperability, this time as part the European Green eMotion project.
Launched in March 2011, Green eMotion involves 43 European partners from the energy, automobile and electronics industries, institutions, universities and research centres. Its aim is to promote joint efforts in the development of e-mobility and to define by 2015 common standards for the key e-mobility technologies. Key among these is interoperability, or rather the possibility for drivers to charge their cars regardless of where they are or which distributor that supplies the service, allowing them to keep their contract with their preferred supplier.
It was for this reason that Enel and Endesa recently demonstrated the feasibility of charging interoperability for the first time in Europe: it's possible for Endesa customers to charge their cars at an Enel charging station in Italy (and vice versa) simply by using their Spanish RFID, with the cost showing up automatically on their energy bills back home.
Enel and Endesa's system identifies customers from other regions and invoices each distributor for the services provided to its customers through other operators' charging stations. Customers are recognised by the system through their RFID card, but soon it will be possible through a smartphone app.
This is just a first step, but one that shows that interoperability between different charging infrastructures and European electricity distributors involved in the Green eMotion project, to which 3,000 charging stations are currently associated, is possible.
After a successful testing period, Enel is now in charge of coordinating the development of all demonstration interoperability initiatives as part of the Green eMotion projects.