A key factor for the mass market introduction of Fully Electric Vehicles (FEVs) is the definition of an overall architecture that enables the mutual cooperation between different infrastructure systems in order to improve the user acceptance of FEVs.
Since some years, the integration of vehicles into road and IT infrastructure has been rated as high priority for the development of future Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). With regard to FEVs, it is essential to overcome the problem of limited range by providing a strong and reliable support from different infrastructures.
For FEV services, and thus for eCo-FEV, road IT infrastructure, EV backend infrastructure and charging infrastructures are considered as highly relevant.
Road IT infrastructure:
monitors the traffic flow,
collects road traffic information,
- detects abnormal road hazard situations.
EV backend infrastructure:
- provides central FEV management, vehicle relationship management and navigation services to FEV users.
Charging station infrastructure:
- offers charging services and charging spot (C/S) booking services to FEV users.
Charge while driving infrastructure:
provides charging services without having to physically connect the vehicle to charging infrastructures.
However, these infrastructures are rarely cooperating with each other.
eCo-FEV aims at a flexible coupling between user services, infrastructure systems and FEVs by an innovative next generation E-mobility infrastructure that provides a sufficient degree of service continuity and user comfort during the whole trip. Therefore, the infrastructure systems and FEVs are connected with each other via different communication technologies such as cellular, Wi-Fi and IEEE 802.11p based V2X network in order to exchange information.
eCo-FEV proposes its open architecture to enable the extensibility and flexibility of the eCo-FEV concept in the follow up deployment in different implementation situations, e.g. local implementation site requirements, specific use case requirements and client requirements.
It is the belief of the eCo-FEV consortium that an efficient cooperation between different infrastructures will further improve the service quality and reliability for the FEV users and thus push the FEV mass market introduction forward.