|Mercedes-Benz and smart EVs for e-mobility Berlin. Click to enlarge.|
Daimler AG and RWE AG have jointly launched a large-scale electric vehicle (EV) trial in Berlin: e-mobility Berlin. Daimler will provide more than 100 electric cars from Mercedes-Benz and smart as well as the vehicle service. RWE is handling the development, installation and operation of the charging infrastructure accounting for some 500 charging points, the supply of electricity and central control of the system.
The partners are co-developing the interfaces between the vehicle and the intelligent charging points to enable effective, customer-friendly and convenient everyday operation. The payment system is based on an exchange of data between an in-car communication system and the charging point. The project is being supported by the German federal government.
Our joint initiative is a good example of what can be achieved when policy makers, energy suppliers and the automotive industry all work together towards the same goal. Our mobility concept is based on an integrated solution combining electric cars suitable for everyday use and the appropriate charging infrastructure. In this way we are decisively improving customer friendliness and the suitability of electric vehicles.—Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars
Charging points will be installed at home, at the workplaces, and in public areas. The project will also explore vehicle-to-grid integration, with the on-board lithium-ion packs storing electricity when demand is low and feeding it back in the network when demand is high. Both partners are relying on open standards and are willing to cooperate with other companies on the development of joint solutions in the future.
|The new generation smart ed (electric drive). Click to enlarge.|
E-mobility Berlin will feature the new generation of the smart ed (electric drive), introduced by Dieter Zetsche earlier this week on the occasion of smart’s 10th anniversary and the production of the one-millionth smart fortwo. Unlike its predecessor, the new smart ed will use a lithium-ion battery pack.
The first smart fortwo ev (electric vehicle) made its debut in 2006. The first-generation smart electric drive featured a 30 kW (41 hp) electric motor powered by sodium-nickel-chloride (Zebra) battery. Since 2007 a test fleet with 100 of these first-generation smart EVs has been in everyday service in London. (Earlier post.)
Daimler plans to begin serial production of lithium-ion battery-powered vehicles for Mercedes-Benz and smart in 2010.