Four studies will run parallel alongside the network deployment pilot. The studies and pilot will each deliver unique input for the EV infrastructure roll-out master plan that will be the outcome of the fast-E project. The multi standard fast charging network pilot will naturally focus on the topics most directly related to the charging infrastructure, such as the site securing processes, site configuration, technical requirements, installation, operation, maintenance and monitoring of the charging stations. At the same time, the studies will focus on important surrounding topics that may hinder or accelerate the future development of a sufficiently dense, integrated and interoperable European charging network.
Study 1: Business Innovation and Market Integration
How can we prepare for an accelerated future mass roll-out by improving the sector’s market and business models, alignment to EV user orientations, and the efficiency of EV-supporting policies?
The outcome of this study is to specify the needs for an integration of the EV markets into the targeted countries’ transportation system in a Pan-European perspective, formulating, hindering factors and regional customer segmentation, and looking into ways of enhancing usability.
Study 2: Network Planning
Imagine thousands of EV charging stations installed in a place with limited availability or located where you never would leave your car at night. Theory? Unfortunately, there are a number of stations installed in places where an efficient usage is hard to realize. To find the most efficient, most customer-friendly spots, the objective of this study is to optimize the planning of the demand-driven network of multi-standard fast chargers, ensuring full interoperability, robust ICT services, implementation of relevant standards and energy management requirements, along with the optimization of the existing EVSE and future deployments. Further, it targets the specification, planning, and network integration of cost-competitive, consumer-focused inter-modality hubs.
Study 3: Innovative ICT Solutions
What of you would leave your hometown with your smartphone and just visit a friend a few minutes away from your home turf, and your cell phone provider would ask you to buy a new sim-card? Our –even worse- You are asked not to visit that person, but drive a few kilometers around the corner to see a friend where also your cell phone is working. That scenario is currently one of the biggest obstacles for a mass-market breakthrough of E-mobility. This study aims at conceptualizing intelligent ICT solutions for interoperability and intermodality as a major building block to enable uptake and sustainability in customer interest and preparing a viable system for the establishment of an integrated EV market. These ICT solutions shall further serve as a basis to build on add-on driver and passenger services to sustainably support decarbonised transport solutions. Also, they aim to effectively prepare functionality enabling end-to-end travelling across transportation modes.
Study 4: Ensuring Readiness for and Compatibility with Future Requirements
The objective of this sub-activity is to observe major areas of technological development and their impact on the European EV landscape. Is a 50 kW fast-E charger the end of the road? What about super- ultra- and mega chargers as they are already named in shiny PR material? Will that technology come? What to do with 50 kW and AC chargers? Can I use my solar panel on the roof for filling up my EV? How can I store energy or manage my power flow? This study 4 aims at testing the potential of stationary storage with used EV batteries to increase grid connection utilization and to increase the efficiency of the whole EV system. It will prepare large-scale integration of renewable energy in the charging network and prepare for future charging requirements. Also, the increase of provided power will be observed in this activity.