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EC PROJECTS MOLECULES


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Florinda Boschetti has the lowdown on the MOLECULES project: where electromobility meets sharing services


n recent years the European Commission has increased its support of electromobility initiatives in cities and regions by giving a boost to the Electric Vehicles (EV)


market and deployment of recharging points across the Union. Although many acknowledge that electromobility holds


the potential to tackle some of the environmental and eco- nomic challenges of our society, there is still a great need for coordination between the recharging infrastructure and the vehicle so as to achieve the integration of the EVs in the over- all mobility scheme of a city in line with the cooperative and multi-modal basis approach sought by the EU. A number of European projects are looking at these


challenges: MOLECULES (Mobility based on electric con- nected vehicles in urban and interurban smart, clean, envi- ronments), a demonstration oriented project funded by the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) is one of them.


MOLECULAR BREAKDOWN The main aim of MOLECULES is to foster the deployment and market uptake of electromobility mobility solutions in cities and regions across Europe through a set of ICT serv- ices that will help to achieve a consistent, integrated uptake of Smart Connected Electromobility (SCE) in the overall framework of an integrated, environmentally friendly, sus- tainable multimodal mobility system. The project kicked-off in January 2012, will run until the end of 2014 and will be piloting three large-scale test sites in Barcelona, Berlin and Grand Paris area. In each site MOLECULES will offer people access to a


wide range of vehicles (ie e-bicycles, e-motorcycles and e-cars) and will develop some common ICT services to best assist EV end-users and enhance their experience with elec- tric-vehicles. Users will be guided through their e-mobility options to choose the best transportation means according to their mobility needs and to optimize travel costs, always with an attentive eye on their carbon footprint and pollution reduction. In particular: • In Berlin, MOLECULES will integrate car-sharing schemes within traditional transport solutions to enhance the users experience with electric vehicles and to foster multi-modal mobility options.


• In Barcelona, MOLECULES will integrate three different 38


A micro-chip inserted in a sticker on your driver’s licence can give you access to any DriveNow e-car sharing vehicle in Berlin


experiences: the sharing e-bikes schemes, the deployment of electric fleets for urban maintenance of public services and the offer of e-bikes and joint public mobility services to city visitors.


• The Grand Paris pilot will demonstrate that it is possible to integrate and complete the existing network transporta- tion of an extended metropolitan area adding some envi- ronmental value with local car pooling, car sharing and intermodal experiences and, especially in Marne la Vallée, the cluster of the sustainable city of Grand Paris.


PILOT REQUIREMENTS AND USE CASES MOLECULES addresses the challenge of EV integration by means of identifying a number of common ICT service cate- gories among the three sites and integrating them on an open architecture enabling Smart Connected Electromobility (SCE). To achieve this ambitious goal, firstly MOLECULES has defined Pilot Requirements and Use Cases descriptions in the context of EU electromobility initiatives. Secondly, MOLECULES has classified use cases in five main catego- ries, according to the main goal to be tested in the pilots. These categories are: • EV sharing (SH): group-use cases mainly focussed on the interaction between users and EV sharing providers using MOLECULES platform. Different user profiles and EV types are taken into account.


• Fleet Management (FL): group-use cases that target EV fleet managers’ point of view. Performance of EVs versus traditional Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles


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