The Zem2All project (Zero emissions for all), which aims to facilitate the large-scale introduction of electric vehicles, has reached the figure of four million kilometres covered by the 209 electric vehicles adhered to the programme, equivalent to having gone around the earth 100 times.
Conventional fuel vehicles would have emitted 286 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere travelling the same distance, equivalent to the effect of planting 953 trees (https://vms.zem2all.com/des/html/#/menu/top.html). In order to cover this distance, drivers stopped over 90,000 times to charge the vehicles at the charging points.
Zem2All is a pioneering initiative aimed at offering individuals and companies access to electric mobility. The 209 vehicles that have been in use on the streets of Malaga over the last two and a half years are providing in-depth knowledge of the impact of using these vehicles and information and experiences concerning the requirements for the large-scale introduction of the electric vehicle into the community.
Thanks to Zem2All, each user has an Endesa conventional charging point in their business and home. Furthermore, they have one of the largest networks of fast charging points implemented in a European city, with a total of 23 points installed in Malaga. Although during the initial phase of the project, the fast charging infrastructure has only been used by users adhered to Zem2All, now all drivers of electric vehicles can access them by contacting email@example.com.
The vehicles and the relevant infrastructure are connected to a control centre which sends them useful real-time information to make getting around the city easier and more efficient, for example, locating the nearest fast charging point or the best route for reaching it. A number of applications have also been developed to enable users to receive information about charging electric vehicles and about the vehicle itself, from their smartphone. All those taking part in the project can also reserve a space in one of the charging points from their Smartphone, by downloading the application (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ayesa.zem2all) or from the Zem2All website.
One of the milestones achieved by the Zem2All project has been the installation of a micro-grid, i.e., a small-scale version of a centralised power system. This micro-grid is capable of integrating power generation sources, power storage, and manageable charges that may potentially act as small energy islands, i.e., energetically self-sufficient power units connected to the grid. These micro-grids are going to have a key role in achieving a more effective, efficient and robust electricity system. The general electricity grid will gradually become a set of interconnected smart micro-grids.
This micro-grid has been developed in the facilities of Tabacalera in Malaga with the integration of Zem2All’s 6 bidirectional points (V2G. These points enable the vehicle not only to be charged, but to return energy to the grid when so required.
The V2G technology represents an important step in the development of smart grids, which need tools that help optimise output and distribution and improve the supply and demand balance between electricity producers and consumers.
With the aim of further promoting the initiative, the project’s Control and Information Centre is now open to the general public. Everyone can now visit the facilities, located in the old Tabacalera factory and learn more about electric mobility in general and access Zem2all’s main facilities, where their engineers analyse and interpret the data generated from the entire infrastructure.
Zem2All is a joint initiative between Spain and Japan, supported by Japan’s Industrial Technology centres (NEDO) and Spain's Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and the Town Council of Malaga. Endesa leads the Spanish side, together with Telefónica and Ayesa. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and their partners, Mitsubishi Corporation and Hitachi head the Japanese side of the project.
(*) NEDO: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development, reporting to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Industry. CDTI: Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology