Electric mobility – together as one
A report has recently been published, titled Electric Vehicle and Power System Integration: ‘Key insights and policy messages from four CEM workstreams’, led by the Clean Energy Ministerial. This comprehensive report provides recommendations, which emerged from a workshop involving more than 70 international experts from 18 countries, and also integrates insights from the ‘Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2020’ report by the International Energy Agency.
The main conclusions to be drawn are that the research and innovation provided by manufacturers are ahead of the curve (as is natural) and that in order to really extend the benefits of transport electrification, the active participation of all the stakeholders involved and at many levels is required. This is the only way to ensure that it is feasible, that there is interoperability, efficiently integrating systems and combining sectors.
One aspect to keep in mind is the end user and his or her mobility needs. Studying and understanding the diversity of mobility is paramount to designing load management and demand response programs that are truly convenient, practical and attractive to EV users as well as enabling their full participation in the electricity market.
According to the director of the Observatory of the Electric Vehicle and Sustainable Mobility at Comillas ICAI, Pablo Frías, the process of massification and access of the population to an EV fleet will be more extensive in 2023. At only two years away, this is already upon us and we have come a long way. In urban environments it seems to be very clear that it will be a priority solution since autonomy will be guaranteed. But what about interurban environments?
Only with a specific infrastructure will it be possible to achieve the sustainable mobility scenario that we’re working toward at Hispano Suiza. In this sense, manufacturers are not the only ones interested in promoting this type of mobility: electric companies are too. The way forward is to generate agreements between electric companies and car manufacturers (for example Endesa with Smart or Iberdrola with Renault) and to establish who will be responsible for the recharging infrastructure and the expansion of fast recharging points throughout the country. It isn’t a question of making large investments in specific establishments, but rather of linking up with existing networks, such as shopping centers, supermarkets, hotels, etc., which can thus offer added value to their usual services by adding vehicle charging points.
More than ever, collaboration is essential. one thing is clear – one for all and all for one.
Sergio Martínez Campos
CEO, Hispano Suiza