Earth Day 2017, the Green road towards e-mobility

Published on Friday, 21 April 2017

Accelerating towards the future: the laboratory of Formula E

Our company is working on a number of fronts in order to achieve this goal: one of these is the partnership with Formula E, the global championship for electric single-seat vehicles.

Formula E brings together the automotive sector’s largest companies committed to the development of electric motors and it takes the competition to racing tracks adapted specially in the world’s largest urban centres, from Mexico City to London, promoting a model for zero decibel mobility and almost zero emissions of CO2.

In this context Enel has the possibility to test intelligent solutions for micro-networks and storage, integrating production from renewable sources and optimizing the use of energy in extreme conditions through systems of energy management.

These technological solutions may have been designed for electric single-seat vehicles but already are finding uses in the world’s cities and are being made available to people.

An electrifying journey towards sustainability

For more than ten years we have been on a journey in the sector of sustainable mobility. We began with the installation of the first recharging stations, moving on to integrated projects for the creation of genuine fast recharge and multiservice networks. Our aim is to provide people with the possibility to choose a convenient new transport model.

On this front, in addition to the partnership with Formula E, there is also the collaboration with diverse automobile companies including Mercedes, BMW and Nissan and European-wide initiatives such as EVA+, for the creation of a network for electric refuelling on the main connecting routes between Italy and Austria. On a national level, from Italy and Spain to Colombia and Chile, we have been promoting innovative services for the creation of fully electric company fleets, green tourism and car sharing.

The perfect example of our commitment, however, is the development of the Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology. The V2G system, created in collaboration with Nissan and the Californian start up Nuvve, enables the transformation of parked electric cars into mobile energy generators that interact in a form of ‘dialogue’ with the distribution network.

The technological platform, currently operating a pilot project in Denmark, establishes the installation of bidirectional recharging infrastructure (from the network to the vehicle and from the vehicle to the network) which, compared with mono-directional (network to vehicle) systems, enables the car to transfer energy stored in its battery to the electricity network acting like a mobile energy plant. The utility company thus becomes also an energy manager while the owner of the electric car becomes a key player in the activities of balancing the network.

Energy becomes circular, integrating renewables and making the network more efficient: making the switch to clean energy electric vehicles is getting easier and easier. The Earth’s resources are being protected and sustainable mobility is painting the world’s roads green.