Zem2All: three million zero-emission kilometres travelled

Published on Thursday, 12 February 2015

As part of the Zem2All (zero emissions for all) project aimed at the mass roll-out of e-mobility, the 198 electric vehicles forming part of the programme have travelled more than three million kilometres. 

Conventional combustion-engine vehicles travelling the same distance would have emitted over 200 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, equivalent to that produced per annum by 30 households in Spain or the effect of planting 715 trees (https://vms.zem2all.com/des/html/#/menu/top.html).  Users recharged their vehicles over 70,000 times at the charging points in order to cover this distance.

Zem2All is a ground-breaking initiative aimed at offering individuals and businesses access to e-mobility. The 203 vehicles that have been in use on the streets of Malaga for the past two years are providing in-depth knowledge of their impact and information and experiences relating to the large-scale roll-out of electric vehicles in the community.

Through Zem2All, each user has a conventional Endesa charging point in their business or home. The programme also offers one of the largest rapid charging network in Europe, with 23 points installed in Malaga. During the initial phase, this fast-charging infrastructure was used solely by ZEM2ALL participants, but now any e-vehicle user will be able to take advantage of it (contact info@zem2all.com)

The vehicles and their associated infrastructure are connected to a control centre that sends them useful real-time information that makes moving around the city much easier and more efficient; for example, the location of the nearest charging point and the best route to reach it. Smartphone applications have also been developed that enable users to manage and receive information about their car and charging. From now on, all project participants will also be able to reserve a time at a charging point using their smartphone by downloading the app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ayesa.zem2all) or from the Zem2All website.

Project landmarks

Another landmark in the development of the Zem2All project has been the installation of a microgrid, a small-scale version of a central electricity grid. This microgrid is able to integrate power generation sources, power storage and manageable charges that may potentially act as small energy islands, i.e. self-sufficient power units connected to the grid. Such microgrids have a key role to play in achieving a more efficient, effective and robust electricity system as the central electricity grid develops into a set of interconnected smart microgrids.

The microgrid has been developed at the Tabacalera site in Malaga, with the integration of six bidirectional charging points (V2G) for Zem2All. These points enable the vehicle not only to be charged but also to return electricity to the grid when it is required by the system.

V2G technology is an important step in the development of smart grids, which need tools to help optimise output and distribution and improve the supply and demand balance between electricity producers and consumers.

With a view to further raising Zem2All's profile, the general public can now also visit the project's Control and Information Centre. Located in the La Tabacalera building, a former tobacco factory, and open to all, the facilities provide information on the theme of electric mobility generally and visitors can also view the Zem2All control centre, where the project's engineers analyse and interpret the data generated by the infrastructure.

Zem2All is a joint initiative between Spain and Japan, supported by Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Spain's Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), and Malaga City Council. The Spanish contribution is spearheaded by Endesa, and also involves Telefónica and Ayesa. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries leads the Japanese part of the project, alongside its partners Mitsubishi Corporation and Hitachi. 

(*) NEDO: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, reporting to Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. CDTI: Centre for Industrial Technology Development