New Delhi, Delhi, India: In order to fulfill the urgent requirements of the fast-growing Electric Vehicle (EV) market in the world, Schneider Electric, the leader in digital energy management and automation transformation, has introduced EcoStruxure for eMobility, the only end-to-end solution to cover the entire value chain of EV charging infrastructure.
Growth in EVs hampered by limited infrastructure for public charging
The number of electric vehicles (EVs) is set to grow to 130 million in China, Europe and the US by 2030, a trend accelerated by the plummeting battery storage costs–from $1,000 per kilowatt hour in 2010 to $200 by 2020, according to a World Economic Forum 2019 report. Governments, particularly Norway, France, the UK, and China, are actively regulating for EVs, while global automakers are planning to spend $300 billion over the next five to ten years on electric vehicle technology, with nearly half of that expenditure in China, reports Reuters.
There are now five million EVs on the world’s roads, serviced by 6,32,000 public charging outlets, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The International Energy Agency (IEA) is planning to deploy between 14 million and 30 million public chargers worldwide under a situation where EVs reach 30 percent market share by 2030.
The lack of reliable public charging is one of the main causes why customers do not buy electric vehicles, whereas major mobility stakeholders, especially fleet operators and auto manufacturers, need access to a safe and reliable EV charging infrastructure that will decrease expenses and accelerate time to market if they want to invest in EVs.
“We believe the future of energy is decentralized, decarbonized and digitized, and electro-mobility is key to reducing carbon emissions in the globe,” said Segment President Christel Galbrun-Noel, Schneider Electric Automotive and Mobility. “We see the key to achieving this future is electro-mobility, but adoption is slower than necessary. In order to achieve the tipping point, additional laws, efficient infrastructure and reduced expenses are vital to drive customer demand.
EcoStruxure is a full EV charging infrastructure for eMobility
In order to accelerate the global adoption of EVs as a type of sustainable mobility, Schneider Electric has introduced EcoStruxure for eMobility, the only end-to-end EV charging infrastructure in the world. EcoStruxure for eMobility is directed, among others, at fleet operators who need reliable and cost-effective charging solutions, auto manufacturers who want to foster EV adoption by offering their clients easy access to charging facilities and utilities and charging point operators who also need to create new business models that can accommodate EV growth.
EcoStruxure for eMobility stands out in that it includes the entire EV value chain, from audit and consulting, to grid and microgrid management, and smart charging stations. It provides enhanced sustainability to operators through minimized emissions and decreased energy usage, while reducing CapEx and OpEx by more than 30%. The solution, under the umbrella of the EcoStruxure IIoT platform and architecture, improves visibility, price control, effectiveness and resilience while at the same time lowering energy consumption. EcoStruxure for eMobility involves the following:
- Consulting services to assist clients plan, design, install and maintain smart EV charging systems that are secure, reliable and effective.
- Energy and Microgrid Management to optimize the energy consumption of EV charging units through software that increases effectiveness of use and price by predicting the optimum time to consume, generate, store or sell energy.
- Built-in battery storage that optimizes the use of the grid and improves the management of renewable energy.
- IioT Predictive Maintenance and Operations Management, coupled with data analytics, minimizes OpEx and helps to eliminate downtime.
- EVlink Charging Stations give simple user experience and can be implemented on a scale basis.
Partnerships to promote the implementation of EV
Schneider Electric is a leading player in the IEA’s EV30@30 campaign, part of the Electric Vehicles Initiative introduced in 2017 under the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high-level dialog between the world’s energy ministers. The collective objective of EV30@30, which involves environmental associations, utilities and industry leaders such as Schneider Electric, is to achieve 30% of EVs by 2030. Schneider Electric has also embraced the EV30@30 campaign targets and is committed to achieving at least 30% electrification of its vehicle fleet by 2030.
Schneider Electric is already working with a number of leading global automakers to allow and boost the implementation of EVs by planning the installation of charging stations in the US and Europe for the major EVs automaker and, in addition, by the end of 2020 to contribute to the installation of charging stations with a capability of up to 350 kWh for a consortium of important automotive leaders across Europe.
This recent roll-out will enable these automakers to deliver cost-effectively reliable charging options to their clients, while providing motorists with the charging options required to persuade them to invest in EVs. Schneider Electric is currently contributing 162 substations for grid connection, substations including medium voltage switchgear, low voltage distribution boards and metering equipment to the project. Customized solutions include linked energy management between charging stations and real-time data to optimize energy use, reduce installation expenses and demonstrate scalability with rapid deployment.