EC awards Better Place and partners €4.95M for EV infrastructure project, including battery switch stations
The European Commission selected an eMobility project, “Greening European Transportation Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles” proposed by a coalition of eight partners led by Better Place as the first and only project to be funded to date under the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport’s (DG MOVE) new de-carbonization infrastructure category. The €4.95-million (US$7.1-million) award toward the €9.9-million (US$14.2-million) project comes under the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) program.
The project envisions the analysis, testing and deployment of a multi-transport mode network using the current road infrastructure and railways coupled with an electric car charging network of battery switch stations and charge spots powered by renewable energy along with intelligent transport systems.
The project is intended to serve as a technology roadmap for creating a pan-European electric car network. The project is designed to help de-carbonize the grid—a key policy initiative for the European Union—and will provide feedback to ongoing EU consultation around the new TEN-T guidelines (2013-2020) and other initiatives shaping the future of transportation in Europe including CARS 21.
Six European Ministries of Transport—Denmark, The Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg—have endorsed the project during its application phase.
With Better Place as project coordinator, the consortium includes FCC Construccion SA of Spain; Verbund AG of Austria; the City of Copenhagen; Elia System Operator S.A. of Belgium; Technical University of Denmark; the City of Amsterdam; Public Research Center Henri Tudor of Luxembourg; and DSB Kommerciel of Denmark. Better Place will participate in the project through its European operations.
The 2.5-year project encompasses four key elements:
The deployment of the first battery switch stations in Europe: one in Copenhagen and another in Amsterdam;
Planning for a network of battery switch stations across Western Europe;
An inter-modal pilot for mobility services across electric cars and trains in Denmark.
A policy analysis and report on the conditions needed to accelerate the deployment of an “open access” electric car infrastructure of charging and switching stations across Europe.
One of the project highlights is the debut of Europe’s first commercial battery switch station in Denmark, which is expected to occur later in June. The battery switch station is part of a national network of battery switch stations and charging points being deployed across Denmark this year with an initial commercial launch of eMobility services scheduled for the end of the year.