Established in 1927, Volvo Cars is today one of the most well-known and respected premium car brands, preparing for a new future that will be all-electric, autonomous and connected. Volvo Car Group is owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding of China. The group comprises Volvo Cars, software company Zenseact, car subscription service Care by Volvo and mobility company M. The group also includes sizeable stakes in strategic affiliates Polestar and LYNK & CO.
Volvo wants to lead the automotive industry change in safety, connectivity, electrification and autonomous drive technology. It aims at providing customers with the freedom to move in a personal, sustainable and safe way.
Volvo Cars has one of the most ambitious climate plans in the car industry with a reduction of CO2 emissions per car by 40 percent between now and 2025, including efforts on tailpipe, operational and supply chain emissions. Along with its approach to recycling and reuse of materials, it will be a first tangible step towards the long-term goal of becoming climate neutral by 2040.
Within eCharge4Drivers, Volvo cars will be involved in activities demonstrating Plug & Charge related functionalities, including authentication, payment processes, certificate management and communication security, between a charging station and a vehicle. It will contribute with test cars, hardware and software releases.
Hubject GmbH is a joint venture of the BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, innogy, Siemens, Volkswagen Group, eEnelX. The company operates the eRoaming platform (HBS) and thus enables cross-provider and cross-border access to public charging infrastructure. Hubject also operates a PKI-based system that enables plug and charge functionality via ISO15118, providing secure and seamless access to charging infrastructure.
With over 650 partners, the Hubject eRoaming platform is the world’s largest digital B2B marketplace for electric vehicle charging services. Over 200,000 charging points on three continents are connected to Hubject’s platform. Since 2012, Hubject has been connecting different market players to create a digital and comprehensive charging network for electric vehicles together with the intercharge network partners. The offer is aimed at charging station operators, traction current providers, energy suppliers, fleet operators, car-sharing companies, service card providers, and car manufacturers.
In eCharge4Drivers project, Hubject is leading work package 4. WP4 aims to improve the interoperability of services between all e-mobility actors, to enable seamless charging, and to establish a transparent payment mechanism. We investigate the use of the secure cryptographic communication provided by the ISO15118 standard to achieve these goals, which is not possible with the currently used authentication and authorization methods (RFID chips).
By the end of WP4, the user should have transparent access to the whole charging process: during and after the charging session. The “Plug & Charge” feature of the ISO15118 standards will be implemented for all partners’ back end, and the use of standardized common protocols will enable interoperability of end-to-end communication.
The Polytechnic University of Bari (POLIBA) (Italian name: Politecnico di Bari) is a state university established by law 245/1990 and it is one of the leading institution for studying engineering and architecture in Italy. Basically located in Bari, Politecnico has location also in Taranto.
Nowadays POLIBA’s staff is composed of around 290 researchers/professors, and 265 members of administrative staff. All of them support and work for around 11.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. They can rely on a very wide campus in Bari with modern buildings, lecture rooms, research laboratories, studying rooms, leisure facilities and Internet points.
Since 2012, the Politecnico di Bari is structured in 5 departments: Department of Electric and Information Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management, Department of Physics. Educational offer of academic year 2017/2018 is made of 23 degree courses (3 and 5 years long), in addition to Specializing Masters and PhD courses.
According to the report SIR 2013 World Report about the quality of scientific research produced, the Polytechnic University of Bari have a normalized impact factor of 2.03, which is the highest among the Italian public universities.
In particular, the research and the innovation activities of the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Bari focus on the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Logistics.
Among others, the Laboratory of Control and Automation (LCA http://dei.poliba.it/LabControlli/publications.html ) is involved in a lot of national and European projects with applications of Information and Communication Technologies in Logistics and Intelligent Transportation Systems.
In particular, POLIBA is partner and collaborates (via LCA) in European projects for logistics such as CEF project FENIX, eCharge4driver, COGISTICS, E.T.C.P. Grecia-Italia GAIA, AERGES, FUTURE 4.0 and BONVOYAGE. Moreover, POLIBA is third party of ICOOR in projects for electromobility enhancement (NEMO and ELVITEN), Intelligent Transportation Systems and logistics (AEOLIX, optiTruck).
POLIBA will coordinate the project demonstrations, leading the WP5, and will organize and manage the demonstration for the Metropolitan city of Bari. Moreover, POLIBA will design, develop and deploy the booking service in the Metropolitan city of Bari and will be involved in the project evaluation and impact assessment activities. POLIBA will also develop an Incentive Management Platform and provide guidelines for user incentives and tariffs schemes for the Metropolitan city of Bari.
Finally, POLIBA will be the quality and risk manager of the project.
With its four brands, BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of cars and motorcycles. The company set its course for the future early on and is now systematically electrifying its model lineup across all brands. The BMW Group will have 25 electrified vehicles on the roads by 2023 – half of them fully electric.
At the same time, the BMW Group is making sustainability and resource efficiency the focus of its strategic direction and has a very solid foundation to build on: In recent years and decades, the company has repeatedly set the standard for sustainability. The principle of continuous improvement will remain at the heart of the company’s strategy to reduce CO2 emissions and increase resource efficiency.
The University of Sussex is a leading research-intensive university established in 1961. Over 75% of research activity at Sussex is categorised as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Sussex has an excellent international reputation and is ranked in the top 50 UK universities (The Guardian University League Tables 2020 and The Complete University Guide 2020), and in the top 150 (146th) in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020). In 2020 the QS World Rankings by Subject rated Sussex number one in the world for Development Studies and rated high for research output.
The University of Sussex has experience in dealing with all European Research and Innovation programme matters. It has successfully secured 87 H2020 grants to date: 7 FET, 32 ERC, 21 Societal Challenges, 1 Research Infrastructures, 1 Widening Participation and 25 Marie Skłodowska-Curie projects (5 ITNs, 3 RISE projects, and 17 fellowships). Sussex participates in three FET Flagships: the Human Brain Project, the Humane AI and the Quantum Flagship initiatives.
Silence is a Spanish company founded in 2011 that designs, develops and produces highly efficient 100% electric scooters with its own R&D&I. The company also develops its own rechargeable battery technology, manufactured in Barcelona, providing proximity and safety to their clients. SILENCE is the only developer and manufacturer of vehicles and battery packs with a factory in Spain, and the second brand in Europe.
Silence has launched to the market the S01, S02 and S02LS models, innovative electric scooters for B2C and B2B use with:
a patented removable battery system: the power battery pack has wheels and a handle so it can be moved around. Moreover, the battery can be used for loads of things other than the S01 scooter
- an IoT connectivity through APP which enables to share the scooter with anyone through a code and track where the scooter is and get status updates on vehicle and battery as well as information on use history and figures on reduction of CO2 emissions.
Nowadays, the company is expanding its brand internationally through the Silence Flagship Stores distribution network in Europe.
Located in the Alps and surrounded by 3 mountains ranges, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole (GAM) is a local urban authority gathering the 49 Municipalities and the 450.000 inhabitants of Grenoble’s greater urban area. Since 2015, GAM has had the institutional status of “Métropole” which is reinforcing its powers in many fields of local public policies: economic development, housing, urban planning, environmental services (water supply / treatment, waste collection / valorisation) among others.
GAM is also in charge of developing mobility and energy policies with a recent approval of new SECAP, SUMP and an “energy master plan”. In connection with theses strategic planning documents, an electro-mobility development strategy is emerging with the design of “electro-mobility charging infrastructure” master plan willing to enhance and develop the capacity to use electric cars in Grenoble-Alpes territory.
GAM will lead the work in its demonstration site and participate to demonstrate the effectiveness of some eCharge4Drivers experimentations (mobile charging, lamppost, user-centred apps and more).
ERTICO – ITS Europe is a public-private partnership of 120 companies and organisations representing Service Providers, Suppliers, Traffic and Transport Industry, Research, Public Authorities, Users, Mobile Networks Operators, Vehicle Manufactures.
ERTICO embodies Thought Leadership and fosters Stakeholder Engagement; ERTICO innovates, promotes and deploys Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) through a variety of activities including European co-funded projects, Innovation Platforms, International Cooperation, Advocacy and Events. ERTICO is also the organiser of the ITS European and World Congresses, which take place every year in a different European city.
Our focus is on Connected & Automated Driving, Urban Mobility, Clean Mobility, and Transport & Logistics.
VERBUND is Austria’s leading utility and one of the largest producers of hydroelectricity in Europe. The Group generates around 95 % of its electricity from renewable energy, primarily from hydropower. VERBUND trades electricity in 12 countries and generated around € 3.9 bn in annual revenue in 2019 with approximately 2,800 employees. With its subsidiaries and partners, VERBUND is active in the generation of electricity, transmission and in international trading and sales. VERBUND has been quoted on the Vienna Stock Exchange since 1988 with 51 % of the share capital being held by the Republic of Austria.
CEA is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, a public body established in October 1945. CEA is the largest technology research and development provider, whose role is to transfer this know-how to the industry. CEA has staff of about 16000 people, a budget of 4.3 billion Euros per year, and has filed more than 650 priority patents. The CEA operates ten research centres in France, each specialising in specific fields. CEA is operating today more than 350 people at INES, the French institute of solar energy, which has started operations in 2005. After a strong phase of growth, today ten CEA-labs at INES cover the complete value chain of photovoltaics: material, cells, modules, solar systems, and storage systems.
Furthermore, three labs deal with energy in buildings. With the aim to maximise the penetration of solar system in the electricity network, research efforts are made on smart grids, energy management, demand response and grid coupled storage systems. These efforts are demonstrated on the INES campus, which has benefited from large investments, for example a multi microgrid platform with a PV system of 200 kW. Another demonstration example is the solar mobility station, where an energy management system assures the solar charging of electric vehicles and the minimisation of the resulting grid impact.
Powerdale is pursuing the manufacturing and the development of innovative solutions (Hard- and Software) around energy management and electric mobility, including billing processes, integrating local solar generation into the charging process and intelligent management of the charging process. Powerdale manufactures charging stations and smart cables that communicate with an internet platform in order to present data to the end customers, and also to pilot the infrastructure from a load management point of view. Powerdale has been active in this field since 2011. Its other business lines deal with energy management where a similar approach applies: hardware manufacturing (dataloggers and piloting systems) and platform development to present data to the end customers and manage the infrastructure and the flows of energy.
OTS: Open Technology Services (OTS) S.A is a Greek IT company, established in 1993, specialised in the development of integrated information systems and enterprise software solutions that fully meet the business needs of public and private organisations. With a keen eye on technology innovation and provision of added value services, the application platforms of OTS are currently deployed in over 400 medium and large-scale public organisations, with the number of users utilising those applications being more than 6000.
The company’s clientele extends to several organisational units within the central governance, to 11 out of the 13 country’s regions, 83 municipalities, 23 academic institutions, several ministries and more than 200 legal public and private entities. Over the last few years OTS is expanding its portfolio of solutions with applications and products directly correlated to the field of smart cities (Smart Governance, Smart Mobility, Smart Environment and Smart Water Management).
In eCharge4Drivers OTS will be responsible for the technical support of the Greek pilot, the integration of the booking service, the long distance route planner and the multi-users route planner in the Greek pilot user’s system, as well as for the development of front end interfaces.
Swobbee is a solution by GreenPack Mobile Energy Solutions GmbH. GreenPack Mobile Energy Solutions is a team of 35 engineers, developers and eMobility enthusiasts. Based in Berlin, we work towards being one of the most important drivers of a modern and sustainable mobility.
After successfully developing our first standard battery pack, the GreenPack, we now focus on solving a much bigger challenge: enabling availability of fully-charged battery packs for mobile applications.
We provide 24/7 availability of safely and green charged battery packs for light electric vehicle fleets. Swobbee is a Battery Swapping Station (BSS), an infrastructure solution for urban light electric mobility. Batteries are distributed in network of publicly installed swapping machines. Fleet operators can rent batteries instead of purchasing them. We guarantee higher life time and increase sustainibility of batteries. Therefore we use smart charging methods and predictive algorithms to increase life span of shared batteries by using AI.
ICCS: ICCS, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, is a non-profit Academic Research Body established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs to carry applied Research and Development activity in the areas of telecommunications, computer systems and their application in a variety of research themes.
ICCS is linked to the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and is the research arm of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). ICCS consists of more than 50 labs, research groups and teams, dealing with all aspects of Electrical and Computer Engineering and employs approximately 800 researchers and scientists including Faculty Members, permanent or long-term Researchers.
In eCharge4Drivers project, ICCS is represented by one of its Research Groups, the I-SENSE Group. I-SENSE Group consists of more than 100 researchers of various ranks and is very active in a number of scientific and research areas with main application areas the Intelligent Transportation Systems, the Virtual Environments, the Assistive Technologies and the Smart Integrated Systems & Communication. I-SENSE has coordinated and participates in more than 150 Research Projects, both EU funded and National ones, the last 20 years, and has worked with several industry leaders since its establishment in 2002. Currently the Group is serving as the Coordinator for the following European projects: HYPERION, Cyber-MAR, COREALIS, ICT4CART, RESIST, ELVITEN, IN-PREP, PILOTING and DIONE.
We are a research centre aimed at promoting research and studies in Optimization, Operation Research and related domains. By using techniques such as mathematical modeling to analyze complex situations, operations research gives the power to make more effective decisions and build more productive systems based on more complete data, consideration of all available options, careful predictions of outcomes and estimates of risk, the latest decision tools and techniques.
We believe that European projects are the right path to achieve great goals. By combining people and realities with different backgrounds, experience and skills, they create an environment of exchange and fundamental growth to improve the quality of life of all citizens.
We have worked in several projects dedicated to the improvement of electric vehicles: the goal of achieving acceptable levels of sustainability for our earth leads our research and our interests.
We believe that clever thoughts and ideas lead to the creation of smart and alternatives solutions to old and new dilemmas. This is why we encourage the innovation process: to challenge conventional notions in order to bring novelty and change.
In the e-charge4drivers project two will be the members of ICOOR involved: the Polytechnic of Milan (https://www.polimi.it) and the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia(https://www.unimore.it).
MOSAIC is an SME specialised in Big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for mobility and logistics, developing data driven solutions in two lines: clustering of users and predicting the availability of limited resources (as PT occupancy, EV Charging Point, parking slots etc.). MOSAIC was created in 2016 and since then, has been involved in multiple European, national and private Research and Innovation projects.
The team has skills in innovation management, exploitation, and use cases coordination. Technical competences of MOSAIC include: Mobility as a Service (MaaS), Urban mobility, Electric and Connected Vehicles and User behaviour. MOSAIC team brings expertise in cutting edge ICT technologies such as Big and Small Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Prediction models, Sentiment Analysis, and Ad Hoc Software Development.
MOSAIC is associate member of mobility and logistics related associations such as BDVA, ALICE and Logistop. MOSAIC coordinates the “Charging infrastructure and services requirement for a better User Experience” Work Package and participates in other tasks such as enhanced route planners and booking services.
POLIS is the leading network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport. Since 1989, European local and regional authorities have been working together within POLIS to promote sustainable mobility through the deployment of innovative transport solutions. Our aim is to improve local transport through integrated strategies that address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of transport.
We support the exchange of experiences and the transfer of knowledge between European local and regional authorities. We foster cooperation and partnerships across Europe with the aim of making research and innovation in transport accessible to cities and regions.
We strive to provide decision makers with the necessary information and tools for making sustainable mobility a reality
Route220’s mission is to transform the charging time of EV-Drivers in a unique and positive experience, enabling new economic roles of all the stakeholders of the value chain, maximising customer engagement, promoting and leveraging all tools towards a sustainable world.
evway by Route220 offers a complete service including charging stations, management platforms and innovative services for emobility.
The evway App, developed by Route220, provides a complete and interactive mapping of all charging stations in Europe together with the mapping of the nearby points of interest, facilities and amenities and allows to activate and pay the charging session directly from the App. The map becomes a tool to give visibility and to promote all facilities (i.e. shops, restaurants, hotels) that can offer the EV-drivers the charging service. To improve the customer experience, evway developed eMX, the first navigator for EV-Drivers.
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) nests the Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre (MOBI), which is a leader in electro-mobility, sustainable mobility and logistics research. It develops electric and hybrid vehicle technologies and evaluates new concepts in mobility and logistics on their sustainability. MOBI’s multidisciplinary team of close to 100 specialists enables a holistic approach.
From a technological perspective, the centre has a leading position in sustainable mobility, thanks to its experience of over 40 years in alternative fuels, electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles R&D. The centre possesses state-of-the-art infrastructure and models for the testing, development and design of components – batteries, supercapacitors, power converters -, vehicle power trains, and inductive and conductive charging infrastructure. MOBI has a versatile laboratory that allows testing of different high-power AC and DC applications, power electronics and chargers with advanced testing facilities for charging protocols and communications. It is thoroughly collaborating with the Green Energy Park in Zellik. With respect to customer adoption of electric vehicles, MOBI has experience with conducting regional and national customer preference and service quality surveys as well as choice-based conjoint experiments and formulating discrete choice models.
The Department of Information Engineering (DII) of the University of Pisa is an Excellence Center for Research and Higher Education with 95 professors and 50 post-doc. The research interests cover a wide spectrum of disciplines, including Biomedical Engineering, Electromagnetics, Electronics, Computer Engineering and Communications. It also runs an intense activity in Higher Education for about 4000 students and 100 PhD students.
DII has promoted six spin-off projects, and it cooperates with private and public institutions to provide innovative solutions to key issues in different ICT sectors, and to bridge the gap between academic and industrial research. The Department is involved in about 20 European projects (49 in the last three years), 2 ERC, 25 Regional Projects.
In 2018 DII was selected by the Italian Minister of Education as “Department of Excellence” with the project CrossLab, aiming at supporting the revolution of Industry 4.0 in Italy by creating interdisciplinary research labs open to big, medium and small-sized enterprises.
Nexxtlab S.A. is a joint venture between Creos Luxembourg S.A. (grid operator) and Powerdale NV/SA (provider of charging solutions for e-mobility), established in 2018 to develop innovative solutions to accelerate the energy transition in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and beyond. Nexxtlab’s solutions contribute to bringing an increased share of renewable energy in good sync with electric loads, such as a growing fleet of electric vehicles via the power grid. More specifically Nexxtlab’s solutions include demand-side flexibility, coordinated electric vehicle charging, and toolsets for simulating and managing distribution grids coping with rising shares of RES and ramping up e-mobility.
In the eCharge4Drivers project, Nexxtlab leads the Luxembourg pilot site, aiming at developing the nation-wide EV charging network “Chargy” further toward an even more user-centric service. Nexxtlab will be local coordinator of a survey among EV drivers acquiring their feedback to be considered in the next step, the development of new services.
And Nexxtlab will elaborate and test a gamification-based approach that will incentify EV drivers choosing to adapt their charging behaviour to maximise the use of locally produced renewable energy.
IDIADA, as a global partner to the automotive industry, provides complete solutions for automotive development projects worldwide. IDIADA’s Technical Centre is located 70 km south of Barcelona (Spain), having subsidiaries and branch offices in several European, American and Asian countries with a total work force of more than 2,500 employees worldwide in 26 countries. The core services IDIADA provides are: Engineering, Proving Ground and Homologation.
IDIADA began working in the field of EVs and HEVs in 2000. Since then they have developed services like concept development, EV powertrain layout, control systems for EVs, battery design and prototyping of electric vehicles. A e-motor laboratory, battery simulator in test bench and construction of pantograph were installed in order to enable E-motor, hybrid powertrain and also DC fast charger testing. IDIADA has built up resources and know-how for charger testing and charger interface development and can support related activities. IDIADA’s charging experts are participating in the CHAdeMO and CharIn workgroups and are able to test any current and working on upcoming charging features such Plug and Charge or Wireless Power Transfer.
ABB is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.
Avesta Battery & Energy Engineering (ABEE) is a dynamic engineering company specialised in the field of e-mobility, battery processing, manufacturing, battery system design, prototyping, and recycling and in particular for advanced Li-ion and solid state battery technology. ABEE is supporting the industry in development of tailored made solutions from battery materials to recycling for automotive and stationary applications through development of dedicated multiscale simulation tools and functions embedded in different platforms.
In addition, ABEE has state of the art battery manufacturing infrastructures and battery system design platforms. In this regard, ABEE has the state of the art electrode processing pilot line for advanced Li-ion, solid state batteries (oxide and sulfide) and innovative solutions for LiM coating. ABEE pilot line is fully integrated within a unique dry room of 150m2 with dew point of -60°C. Further, ABEE has extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of artificial intelligence techniques, state estimations for batteries and process modeling.
Established in 1993, Zorlu Enerji is an energy company that aims to operate on different fields of energy sector providing a global scale integrated service. Zorlu Enerji, which is a subsidiary of Zorlu Enerji companies and the only publicly open company operates on various fields of the sector with an integrated corporate combination including electricity and steam generation and their retail, electricity sales, electricity distribution, solar panel sales and installation, natural gas sales and distribution, construction, management and maintenance of power plants and EV charging stations network.
Zorlu Enerji operates on various fields of the sector with its experience of 25 years. In our fields of operation, we are combining our well established experience with our corporate values and make a difference among other players of the sector in engineering, supply, construction, management, maintenance and repair.
We are providing alternative energy solutions on every field from solar energy to electricity vehicles, electricity power plants to charging units, from project development to management in fields listed below:
- Electricity Generation
- Electricity Distribution
- Electricity Sales and Trade
- Natural Gas Distribution
- Natural Gas Trade
- Construction Of Power Plants (Engineering, Procurement, Construction – EPC )
- Operation and Maintenance
- Solar Panels Trade
- Smart Systems
- EV Charging Stations
We are utilizing our high capacity production power, qualified human resources, well balanced portfolio, diversity of sources and capability of creating innovative solutions to be a perpetual and leading part of the global energy transformation.
As of 2018, Zorlu Enerji has now grouped its new generation of technological operations under the ZES brand. With ZES brand, the company aims to accelerate popularization of electric vehicles and to facilitate the travels of electric vehicle owners in Turkey with several rapid charging stations commissioned in city roads and highways. In addition to rapid charging services offered in public areas, the company also provides charging station commissioning at homes and at businesses based on user demand. ZES aims to increase its charging station network and to make electric vehicles available throughout Turkey. As part of the vision to offer energy solutions of the future, Zorlu Enerji has created Electrip, which is new carsharing platform in Turkey with a revolutionary step in transportation solutions, the zero emission and zero noise electric vehicles breathed new life to vehicle rental industry.
As of 2017, Zorlu Enerji has become the exclusive distributor and business partner of First Solar a thin-film PV technology provider in 26 countries across Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Eastern Mediterranean. The company also offers services such as electricity generation from solar power, solar photovoltaic (PV) module sales, purchase, export, installing and maintenance, and consultancy both in Turkey and abroad.
With Zorlu Enerji’s most recent investment, the Kızıldere 3 Geothermal power plant with a total capacity of 165 MW and the solar energy investment ongoing in Pakistan with a capacity of 100 MW, the company resumes its operations to increase its established status in Turkey and abroad.