The ColognE-Mobil large-scale battery electric vehicle (BEV) field trial in Germany will launch on 4 January 2010, bringing together four partners—the Ford-Werke GmbH, RheinEnergie AG, the city of Cologne and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)—in a project to test electrical mobility in all its aspects under everyday conditions.
Ford will provide 25 battery electric vehicles for the €15-million (US$21.6-million) project, starting with 10 Ford Transit BEVs. RheinEnergie AG will deliver the CO2-neutral power to drive the vehicles and will explore the topic “Electricity as a fuel” and all related infrastructure and customer product developments.
|Work packages for the ColognE-Mobil project. Click to enlarge.|
The city of Cologne is participating in the pilot in terms of urban integration of e-mobility—the effect on the city’s climate and noise control objectives and safety for repair and salvage situations; first responders; and pedestrians.
Some 50 researchers from 15 UDE departments will analyze the results, including customer acceptance of electric vehicles and the extrapolation of the results from Cologne to the entire North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) region. UDE sub-projects for ColognE-mobil include:
|Electric Mobility Project Management||Prof. Dr. Renatus Widmann / Dr. Thorsten Mietzel, Urban Water and Waste Management|
|Driving simulator for electric vehicles and the diversion of cycles||Prof. Dr. Dieter Schramm, mechatronics|
|Traffic models for electric vehicles||Prof. Dr. Michael Schreckenberg, Physics of Transport and Traffic|
|Logistics concepts for the electrical supply traffic and stopped traffic (Electric Vehicles)||Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche, transportation and logistics|
|Integration of electric vehicles in public transport and location concepts for Cradles||Prof. Dr. J. Alexander Schmidt, city planning and urban design|
|Communication Infrastructure (cradle) - Auto||Prof. Dr. Andreas Czylwik, Communication Systems|
|Hardware in the loop simulation test bed and battery||Prof. Dr. Dirk Söffker, control, and system dynamics|
|Research on the behavior and aging of the batteries||Prof. Dr. Angelika Heinzel, energy|
|Simulation of power networks, and security issues associated with recovery of electric vehicles||Prof. Dr. István Erlich, Electrical Power Systems; Prof. Dr. Holger Hirsch, energy transport and storage|
|Protection of road users (silent electric vehicles before driving)||Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Straube, road|
|Acceptance of studies and development of business and financing models||Prof. Dr. Rainer strips, Business Administration & Operations Management|
|Customer acceptance of the battery-charging||Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Ziegler, Interactive Systems / Interaction Design|
|Customer acceptance and financing models for electric vehicles||Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, general business and automotive industry I; Prof. Dr. Heike Proff, Business Administration and automobile industry II|
The ColognE-Mobil project is part of the efforts being undertaken by the Rhine-Ruhr region as part of a larger model region e-mobility plan funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport. The Rhine-Ruhr region (with the extra clusters of Aachen and Münster) is one of eight model regions receiving a total of €115 million (US$165 million). As part of the “National Development Plan for Electric Mobility”, the federal government wants to see one million electric cars on German roads by 2020.
The NRW state government has in this context created a Master Plan for Electric Mobility. The state government wants to make North Rhine-Westphalia the first large-scale electric mobility model region of Europe—and is planning to have approximately 250,000 electric vehicles in NRW streets by 2020.