Press Release 123/2013

iZEUS E-Mobility Project Starts Fleet Test

iZEUS E-Mobility Project Presents Itself at the WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS in Stuttgart – Fleet Test of New Smart Traffic and Smart Grid Concepts Starts in Baden-Württemberg
As the fleet test of the iZEUS project starts, the first participants are handed over the keys of their electric cars. (Photo: iZEUS)

It is one of the central questions of future traffic planning: What does a supraregional concept for barrier-free integration of electric mobility in everyday road traffic have to be like? First approaches are studied by KIT and its partners under the iZEUS project. Its fleet test started today on the occasion of the WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS in Stuttgart. At the iZEUS stand, the participants of the fleet test were handed over the keys and navigation tablets for their electric cars.


The iZEUS (intelligent Zero Emission Urban System) project funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology is aimed at developing until mid-2014 a multi-modal smart traffic concept based on innovative value-added services that is to be tested in a fleet test with about 100 electric and hybrid vehicles (smart fortwo electric drive, Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL, Opel Ampera, and Toyota Prius). The range-optimized navigation system was developed by the project partners PTV Group, TWT, and KIT.


For the fleet test, EnBW has made available the public charging infrastructure of more than 600 charging stations in Baden-Württemberg. It was installed in predecessor and parallel projects. The charging infrastructure can be accessed via the EnBW electronaut charging card and the new pre-paid charging card of EnBW, which is the first of its kind in Germany. Another focus of iZEUS lies on the development and evaluation of discrimination-free and scalable access and accounting systems for the (semi-)public charging infrastructure. The persons testing these systems come from municipalities as well as from public utilities and B2B partners. For example, the city of Ingelfingen will also take part in the project.


The concept developed by iZEUS extends beyond the linking of traffic and energy systems by information and communication technologies (ICT) via roaming and innovative accounting concepts. It also includes the optimized integration of renewable energy sources and a stabilization of distribution grids by decentralized energy and charging management. For this purpose, the project partner SAP studies pooling of electric vehicles to automatically calculate load shift potentials and offer them to the grid operators. To integrate renewable energies in the energy system via electric mobility, smart grids and decentralized stationary electricity storage systems are required. These storage systems are to maintain grid quality on the usual high level by autonomous control of output, voltage, and load. They have to be able to optimally adjust the energy demand and fluctuating power generation. Under the iZEUS project, the project partner ads-tec tests a stationary storage system in the medium-voltage grid of EnBW in Esslingen.


Information on iZEUS:

The research project is aimed at developing concepts and exemplary applications for the integration of electric mobility in private traffic as well as in urban commercial traffic. The integrated traffic concept is to be tested and demonstrated in fleet tests with a significant number of vehicles. Supraregional combination of traffic and energy systems, innovative accounting and fleet management systems, and decentralized energy and charging management using stationary storage systems for the improved integration of renewable energy sources and the stabilization of distribution grids will play a central role. EnBW AG leads the consortium, other project partners are Adam Opel AG, ads-tec GmbH, Daimler AG, the Fraunhofer institutes ISI and ISE, KIT, PTV Group, SAP AG, and TWT GmbH. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology under the Information and Communication Technologies for Electric Mobility II program.


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