There are four major topics observed within the project:
As electric mobility will be a new industry sector with new players and market models, the business side of that mobility needs to be prepared. To recapture: E-mobility is not intended to be cheaper, but a mobility with less carbonization. That clean mobility needs to be part of the economic cycle, meaning that the market players need to generate revenue and earn money with their products and services. Those business models did not exist before. The will be tested, developed, customer acceptance will be observed and the results will lead into an advise for a successful implementation of business model according to the roles in the EV business.
The EU subsidy is – as a matter of fact – tax payer’s money. The fast-e consortium is aware of that significant responsibility. In addition, EV chargers need to be installed where they will be needed in the future for the most efficient use of charging equipment. This planning is new to the market and needs to be prepared. Imagine that thousands of chargers will be deployed without a detailed planning of that network. The basic concept for a network planning will be done within the 2nd study in order to have significant cost savings in a mass-market adoption phase.
Everybody needs to charge everywhere! As simple as this statement sounds: there are major efforts needed to provide that situation. What is already reality in the communication industry is still far away from being set in the EV business: too many island solutions, proprietary concepts, stand-alone technologies are present in the participating Countries. As a matter of fact, this situation is blocking a successful EV adoption rate so far. Fast-e will help to find the most efficient technical solutions for requirements of a barrier-free EV market and conclude the concept in an advice towards the EU.
50 kW on a charger is not enough? How does the EV world look like in 5 or 10 years from now? Study four will have an eye on future technologies. Battery storage as an example can help reducing grid connection costs. You remember: also the EV business has to become a self-sustaining industry. De-centralized power generation? Renewable energy for filling up your battery? All those concepts exist but just a few will find their place in a mass-market environment. The observation of those concepts and the “short list” of the most promising technologies from a usability-perspective will be the result of that study.