The project MOBINCITY aims at achieving the optimization of the run time of the electric vehicle and an increase of the energy efficiency of them through the development of an integral system based on information and communication technologies, ICTs. This system will enable the driver to interact with the electric vehicle and the energy and transport infrastructure, using the information provided by these sources to optimize the charge and discharge processes if the electric vehicle battery.
The main aim of the project was to integrate the electric vehicle into the urban transport system through a unique system of Smart communication, maximizing its run time by using all the information available in the Smart cities. Specific aims were:
- Development of an on board system for electric vehicles that can receive the information that can affect the operating.
- Optimization of the itinerary planning for electric vehicle, including alternatives of other transport ways adapted to the user’s needs and preferences.
- Optimization of charge strategies in order to make them more efficient and to adapt them to the user’s needs and to the grid conditions.
- Implementation of additional energy saving methods, such as driving modes and on board energy management services.
This project will permit the user to plan his route in the most efficient way to combine the use of the electric vehicle and the public transport. Additionally, when planning the itinerary and during the travel, the system will provide the information about the energy that will be consumed, the nearest charging points, the traffic and weather conditions in real time, the public transport timetable and availability, the available car parks and car sharing, among others. Moreover, it is also expected to achieve a suitable integration with the electricity system, in order to avoid the overload of the electric, involving the grid and market agents in the development of the system.
During the third and last year of the project, three pilot implementations were carried out in Spain, Italy and Slovenia. The Slovenian pilot (developed in the city of Ljubljana) demonstrated the interaction between the electric vehicle, the driver and the energy and transport infrastructures. The Italian pilot focused on the validation of the integration of Mobincity with the user and the energy infrastructure. Finally, the Spanish pilot (developed in the city of Valencia) was a supplementary validation of the Slovenian pilot to demonstrate the interaction of the system Mobincity with an advanced traffic infrastructure.
The project was led by ITE and 13 entities participated too, from Spain, Germany, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia, counting on the funding from the 7th Framework Programme of the EU.