Fully Electric Vehicles (FEVs) are a major step towards environmental friendly transportation and resource savings. For a sustainable mass market introduction of FEVs, the developed technologies need to be integrated in order to achieve reliable energy provision and to overcome the challenge of the limited range of FEVs.
Fully electric vehicles (FEVs) function with onboard energy storage systems and thus do not depend on combustible energy sources at all. The vehicles are powered from external generator plants, storing electricity until needed. Usually a FEV provides an average driving range of less than 150 km. This has created the so-called “range anxiety”. A number of in-car navigation systems already estimate the available range based on battery state of charge.
One of the key points in eCo-FEV is to accurately calculate the range of an EV taking advantage also of information on road topology, weather conditions and traffic beside driver’s behavior (e.g. acceleration and braking phases), either in real-time or based on predictions. An improved energy provision for FEVs could be provided by the use of reliable wireless communications, supporting different charging modes.
Another key challenge that needs to be addressed in order to provide for safe and environmental friendly transportation is the integration of infrastructures by FEVs. In this context, eCo-FEV is working on the combination of existing infrastructures relevant for advanced FEV-related services in a cooperative electric mobility system.