Electric mobility will gain a solid position in the upcoming period in the transport sector. This new form of mobility comes with a number of challenges. One of the critical success factors for the introduction of electric vehicles is that sufficient charging options are available to end users. These opportunities should not only be sufficiently available, they should also be easy to use and accessible anywhere.
To ensure that these conditions are met (interoperability of services) the various suppliers need to make good agreements which are necessary for processing financial transactions. Besides agreeing on these financial transactions they actually also need to be handled in a proper way.
With the increase of the number of parties that have a role in providing and servicing of charging and the potential increase in transactions (charge-actions) there exists a growing demand for these transactions to be handled in an automated way.
Precisely for this last reason, Blue Corner (Belgium) Ladenetz.de (Germany) and e-laad.nl (Netherlands) are collaborating.
Already today, customers of any of the three organizations can charge at the other side of the border. This means that a cross-border network of more than 1,500 public charging stations is already operational today. This also means that every subscriber of Blue Corner, Ladenetz and e-laad.nl can charge his or her electric car across national borders.
In this experimental phase of the market’s evolution, the need for charging the customer and other parties has not emerged yet. In the future however, a customer will have to pay for a charge transaction. And this is only the tips of the iceberg – service operators will need to be able to offer and charge for their services and the variety of upcoming services will need to be easily accessible and understandable by the customer. No matter where he or she resides.
All future stakeholders are affected by the EV market’s nature – which is a truly service-oriented one.
E-mobility introduces an entire set of new services, coming from existing and/or new market players. Think about the delivery of energy through publicly available spots, about live monitoring of the status of cars, bikes and charging systems, about (cross-border) cooperations between charging network operators and about the delivery of various end-user services (such as small application on smartphones or even simply the offering of sufficient network coverage for a user).
In general, we can divide ‘the charging challenge’ into two sets of market actors – the charging network operators that deploy, maintain and exploit (networks of) charging stations, and service providers that offer services to end users (the people that drive around in an electric vehicle). Given the fact that providing access to a (publicly available) network of charging stations is (the larger) part of the latter parties’ services, and given that these services rely heavily on ICT (charging transactions, payment, authentication,…), you would need at least one two-way interface between each market player, leading to a vast amount of non-standardised interfaces. The underneath picture show the difference between a small market operating with or without e-clearing.net:
In short, e-clearing.net is a clearing & settlement platform offering the required added-value services needed for the electric mobility market. As such, it is the first of its kind.
The market demand does not stop at the interoperable access to charging stations. E-clearing.net generally makes interoperability easy, flexible and scalable. The system offers - in addition to the exchange of charge transactions - numerous added-value services, such as integration with geo-navigation systems, reservations of charging stations from out of your intelligent vehicle, etc.
A separate section contains the functionality to inform interested parties of static and dynamic information about the charging stations.
E-clearing.net is an open platform. A new open protocol - OCHP (Open Clearinghouse Protocol) - is designed to give parties the opportunity to use their own systems to connect to e-clearing.net. The effort to connect to e-clearing.net is thus limited to merely implementing and OCHP interface on its own system.
E-clearing.net is based on experience. The underlying platform will be based on the current systems in use by the various parties involved. The effort that has already been made to streamline the processes, transactions and their settlement within and between countries, will be inherited by e-clearing.net.
Through a roaming association of municipal utility companies ladenetz.de brings green electricity on the roads. Utility companies can join ladenetz.de as a partner. By using common infrastructures they can enter the market of electromobility at a reasonable cost and in a future-oriented way. They offer their customers a simple and customer friendly use of all charging stations of the partners within ladenetz.de. There are already 150 charging points in Germany connected to ladenetz.de. European roaming does not only enable the cooperation with e-laad and Blue Corner, but also an agreement with the Austrian electromobility project VLOTTE. smartlab Innovationsgesellschaft GmbH is behind the ladenetz.de infrastructure. This company is a joint cooperation between STAWAG, Stadtwerke Aachen Aktiengesellschaft, the DVV, Duisburger Verkehrs- und Versorgungsgesellschaft, and Stadtwerke Osnabrück AG. www.ladenetz.de, www.smartlab-gmbh.de
e-laad is a consortium of the Dutch distribution grid operators. Transmission network operators foresee that charging more and more vehicles will have a great influence on their distribution networks. The e-laad pilot project was founded to gain an overview about the consequences of this and to form a basis for bright solutions. e-laad is positioning a maximum of 10,000 charging points for electric-vehicles throughout the Netherlands within three years. The 1000 charging point will be ceremoniously opened on Thursday, 8 December in Den Bosch. In this way e-laad is bringing electric driving within a range so that everyone can drive everywhere they want with green electricity in the future. www.e-laad.nl
About Blue Corner
Blue Corner is the first Belgian operator on e-mobility. An important goal is the realisation of a high-coverage network of public charging spots. Today, Blue Corner’s counter is at about 100 of these spots, mainly in Flanders. Thanks to the Flemish pilot on Electric Mobility in general and more specific following the participation of Blue Corner in the ´EVA Consortium`(Electric Vehicles in Action), this figure will exceed 500 units by mid-2012. A unique cooperation between Flemish and Wallonian parties will lead to the servicing of the southern part of the country, thus bringing the total number up to 1000 charge points for electric cars and ebikes in Belgium by the end of 2012. In cooperation with car and bike manufacturers, a number of subscriber services were developed in order to facilitate convenient and omnipresent charging. At home, at work, on public locations in Belgium. And now also in Germany and the Netherlands! www.bluecorner.be
eNovates delivers technical solutions for the e-mobility market. As such, we develop a broad range of intelligent products for segment, ranging from charging-at-home to the demanding public space sector. Due to the integration with our enterprise-class software platform, each and every station we deliver can be centrally managed, leading to a flexible, adaptable and state-of-the art product suite. As a technology provider, we deliver products and services that support charging networks and the e-clearing platform. www.enovates.com
The e-clearing.net platform, initiated by the charging network operators e-laad.nl, ladenetz.de and Blue Corner, will have its first version running in June, 2012.
As we’re involving our entire customer base in e-clearing.net, the platform already has a sufficient number of customers. From a cost consideration having the largest possible number of direct users is an important factor.
However, there are other stakeholders in the market which offer services on electric mobility. Manufacturers, importers, leasing companies, etc. are stakeholders on the car’s side. Energy suppliers, but also other parties in the role of service or infrastructure provider, are also important stakeholders in this development.
We would like to have these parties on board to enable automated load settlement of transactions.
We organize monthly workshops for all stakeholders to cope with everyone's input.
Using e-clearing.net is free the first two years. Being a participant from the first hour, you’ll keep on receiving privileged benefits afterwards.
We invite interested parties to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling in the contact form on our web site.