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eCo-FEV project concept. Click to enlarge.

Hitachi Europe Ltd., through its Information and Communication Technologies R&D Laboratory (ICTL), will   a project funded by the European Commission aimed at developing an integrated IT electric mobility platform that enables the connection and information exchanges between multiple infrastructure systems—such as road IT infrastructure, Electric Vehicle (EV) backend infrastructure and EV charging infrastructure—that are relevant to the Fully Electric Vehicle (FEV).

Over this platform, multiple advanced electric mobility services are able to be provided to FEV users to improve the energy management efficiency and usability of the FEV, for example, in the context of Smart Cities.

The project is named eCo-FEV, for “efficient Cooperative infrastructure for Fully Electric Vehicles”, and is within the the FP7 Work Programme 2011 COOPERATION under Grant agreement Nº 314411, addressing the objective GC-ICT-2011.6.8 ICT for fully electric vehicles. The estimated total cost of the project is €4,265,317 (US$5,338,471), with funding from the EC of €2,960,000 (US$3,704,736).

eCo-FEV architecture. Click to enlarge.

The electric mobility cooperative platform is an intermediate platform between use cases and FEV end users. It is the objective of the eCo-FEV project to propose an open architecture in order to enable the extensibility and flexibility of the eCo-FEV concept in the follow up deployment in different implementation situations, such as implementation site local requirements, specific use case requirements, client requirements and so on. This architecture provides a flexible coupling between user services, infrastructure systems and FEVs by a common platform that provides common facilities.

eCo-FEV will start on 1 September and will last for 33 months. There are 12 other project partners: Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (France); Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A. (Italy); European Center for Information and Communication Technologies GmbH (Germany); Politecnico di Torino (Italy); Renault SAS represented by GIE REGIENOV (France); Technische Universität Berlin (Germany); Società Italiana Traforo Autostradale del Frejus S.p.A. (Italy); BlueThink S.p.A. (Italy); Facit Research GmbH & Co. KG (Germany); Conseil général de l'Isère (France); ENERGRID S.p.A. (Italy); and Schulz - Institute for Economic Research and Consulting GmbH (Germany).

Hitachi’s contribution to the project will be mainly in the areas of advanced Car Information Systems and Services, as this is an area where Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. has major strengths.

ICTL of Hitachi Europe has been or is now a partner in several EC- or national-funded projects such as like GeoNet, iTETRIS, PRE-DRIVE C2X, COVEL, PRISM, AutoI, Secricom, Phosphorus, DRIVE C2X and SCORE@F.



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