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MOLECULES


“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”


and charge optimization and environmental impact are addressed.


• Sharpooling (SP): group-use cases that merge e-carsharing experiences with carpooling.


• Incentives (IN): group-use cases that concentrate on the impact of incentives provided to EVs such as parking facilities and access granted to special areas and dedicated lanes within the city.


• Multimodal Mobility (MM): group composed by use cases that integrate EVs with other means of public transportation.


A use case may have particular instantiations in each pilot site. Not all use cases will be instantiated in the three pilot sites, but it is intended to have instances of each use case in at least two pilot sites.


ICT SERVICES AND THE MOLECULES PLATFORM Once the use cases had been defined, the next task was to gather requirements that will define the MOLECULES plat- form. It should be kept in mind that the three pilot sites already have electromobility experiences and ICT-based mobility services in place, nevertheless diverse systems exist in each site. The platform will be built up on existing systems running in the three sites; and on defined transport policies and regulations. Since one of the goals of the project is to assure trans- ferability, the requirements were defined and pilot site


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particularities overcome. However, for some requirements addressing local regulations or specific implementations it was unavoidable to specify the pilot site where they apply. The requirements have been gathered with an iterative


methodology to favour the discussion between partners and the refining of all the requirements until an agreement was found. The set of requirements obtained addressed a wide variety of topics such as architectural principles or functionalities of each of the services developed to enhance electromobility. The ICT services were divided into seven categories:


Personal trip planning; Electric Vehicle sharing/pooling; Personal recharging advisor; Personal carbon footprint advi- sor; Electromobility billing support; Incentives to electro- mobility; and Network strategies. According to the specific context of each of the demonstration sites, MOLECULES will offer the public alternative electromobility modes of transportation supported by the selected ICT technologies. These existing solutions, that could be different in each


pilot site, will be integrated in a platform specially designed for that purpose: a MOLECULES platform, aiming at ena- bling interoperability of SCE with multiple transport and grid infrastructures. Ms Alma Solar Calatayud, project coordinator at ETRA,


says: “The coordination between the recharging infrastruc- ture, the EV and the overall mobility schemes of a city or interurban road network is the key point of the project.” She emphasises that “MOLECULES will provide a centralized web-based tool supported on consistent,


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