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Intelligent Data-driven Optimisation of Charging Infrastructure

Charging infrastructure 2.0

Posted at: 15 Dec 2015 | IDO-Laad

The Netherlands is one of the proud fron-runners in electric mobility. Due to a favourable tax regime and the development of public charging infrastructure for EVs more than 16.000 (semi-) public charging points have been placed. Currently this network is expanding to a 2.0 version, smarter and more innovative.

Charging infrastructure 2.0 = Data-driven

With more data on the usage of charging stations, urban planner can make optimal choices on the deployment of charge stations (where, when and which type). The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) provides the four major Dutch Cities and the Metropole region of Amsterdam with information by analysing over 2 million charging sessions. Due to this municipalities know how their charge infrastructure functions and where expansion is needed. Within the IDO-laad research project researchers built models to predict future usage which allows the planners to make informed decisions to prevent a shortage of charging stations or over-capacity.

Charging infrastructure 2.0 = smart and innovative

In the 2.0 version of the charging infrastructure there is more room for charging hubs on a single (and expensive) net connection. EVs are charged in a smart manner, taking into account energy prices or surplus of renewable energy. Smart charge hubs are a necessity for EV fleet owners to cope with large demand of energy. As an example are the 160 Tesla taxi’s at Schiphol Amsterdam airport.

Charging infrastructure 2.0 = New technologies and sector specific approach

Fast charging stations, inductive charging and charging stations integrated into existing object (see e.g. the charging stations in street lights by Amsterdam based start-up Lightwell) are examples of new technologies. The development of EVs and charging infrastructure becomes more sector specific, the Amsterdam public transport providers wants 40 electric busses by 2018, how are these to be charged? Current charge infrastructure is not fit for these type of EVs. What about city logistics service providers which want to switch to electric mobility. They are in need of charging opportunity at strategic places, a true challenge to manage their needs.

In short: with charging infrastructure 2.0 the remove the barrier of the business case of public charge infrastructure. But how to provide a sufficient infrastructure for the envisioned 1 million EVs in 2025 required a charging infrastructure 3.0. Read about it in my next blog.