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Ellen Hiep

Look back: Webinar C2C & Province of Noord Holland

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What’s happening in California in the field of Smart eMobility in these difficult times? What impact does corona have on a big car manufacturer like Nissan and what are researchers from UC Davis currently working on ? How does it influence the dutch business in Silicon Valley and when and how can we start thinking about a smart restart? You can look back this webinar here to get a fresh update on the Smart eMobility developments in California.

Webinar VELOZ & Forth, July 9 at 10 am (PDT).

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Join Veloz for a 75-minute webinar jointly hosted by Forth to discuss the critical role regional partnerships play in transportation electrification.  You can register here.

The panelists include:

  • Forth (co-host)
    Zach Henkin, Deputy Director
     
  • Coast to Coast Smart e-Mobility
    Peter van Deventer, Director
  • UC Davis, Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, Institute of Transportation Studies
    Gil Tal, Research Director
     
  • eSource
    Ryan Odell, Lead Analyst
     
  • Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
    Sarah McKearnan, Senior Policy Advisor
     
  • United Kingdom Department for Transport, Office of Low Emissions
    Susie Seldon, Government head of the Go Ultra Low campaign
     

Resato joins our Trans-Atlantic Coast-to-Coast Smart e-Mobility Program

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Sacramento, January 16, 2020 – Resato joined the Trans-Atlantic Coast to Coast Smart e-Mobility Program to cooperate and develop the US and Dutch Smart e-Mobility market. A signing ceremony was held at the Sacramento International Airport. During the ceremony, Mr. Eric Mehl, General Manager of the Americas at Resato signed and joined on their behalf the Coast to Coast program.

“Coast-to-Coast Smart e-Mobility is very excited that Resato is joining the partnership”, says Peter van Deventer, Director, “Resato is an internationally leading manufacturer of high pressure technologies and ambitious to enter the market of Hydrogen Refueling in North America. Resato is uniquely positioned internationally with offices in The Netherlands and the US, and is very strong on innovation and entrepreneurship. I consider them a great asset to the transatlantic cooperation between The Netherlands and California. Their ambitions to accelerate solutions for smarter and cleaner electric transportation are just amazing.”

“The Hydrogen Refueling infrastructure market is in its infancy on both sides of the Atlantic and needs resilience to face an ever-growing demand” Says Eric Mehl, Resato General Manager for the Americas. “Resato focuses on scalable solutions for retail, municipalities, and commercial fleet owners. We have been developing hydrogen refueling projects in Europe for quite some time and are now very excited to bring this experience to California and support the growth of the Hydrogen economy. With our Trans-Atlantic focus on Hydrogen for mobility, Coast to Coast seemed like a natural partner, and we’re extremely pleased to join its program.”

ABOUT RESATO 

Resato is a Dutch provider of smart high-pressure solutions that aim at increasing the productivity of its worldwide customers. It is our mission to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers. With more than 25 years of experience in high pressure technology, we are equipped with the knowledge to provide reliable and safe solutions. Our product range includes high pressure waterjet cutting systems as well as components and systems for testing, injection, and controlling that operate up to 14,000 bar. On the road to a greener future we have further extended our product range with hydrogen refueling stations, boosters and testing systems. With about 70% of the refueling infrastructure in the Netherlands, we are now eager to bring our experience to North America.

Bus Component Technology Forum in Ohio

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An Interchange about the latest advancements in component offerings and testing centers for low and no emission buses, in partnership with the FTA’s Transit Vehicle Innovation Deployment Centers.

This event, hosted by Calstart, will be held at the Transportation Research Center in Central Ohio, one of three LoNo Component Assessment Program centers, and home to 4,500 acres of road courses, a 7.5-mile high-speed oval test track, and a variety of other exciting testing opportunities for all kinds of vehicles.

The goal of the Forum is to examine and highlight the capabilities of the LoNo CAP centers and have a thorough vetting of the component technology needs of LoNo Buses going forward

Here you’ll find more information.

New solar car Stella Era is the world’s first ‘charging station on wheels’

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On the 4th of July, Solar Team Eindhoven presented its new solar car Stella Era. Thanks to its solar paneled roof, this car contains enough energy to theoretically cover a distance of 1800 kilometers; it can also share its abundance of solar energy with other electric vehicles directly. According to the student team at TU/e, this makes it the world’s first charging station on wheels. On top of this, the car has self-driving functions, such as the ability to autonomously search for sunny parking spaces. This is the car that the Eindhoven team will be using to defend its world title during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia in October. And this is the car that will do

“We’re presenting not only a new solar car but a new era: an era in which cars are not energy consumers but energy sources. That’s why we call her Stella Era,” says Carijn Mulder, team manager of Solar Team Eindhoven. The team presented its fourth family car today, following in the footsteps of predecessors Stella (2013), Stella Lux (2015) and Stella Vie (2017).

AN ENORMOUS CHALLENGE

“If we want to drive emission-free in 2030, as stated in the Dutch climate agreement, around 200 charging stations will have to be installed in the Netherlands every day from now on in order to provide all electric cars with energy by then,” Mulder says. “This is already unrealistic, and 85% of electricity currently comes from non-renewable sources. In short, our society is facing an enormous challenge.”

According to the students, the solution is to use cars as moving charging stations. Stella Era has a range of 1200 kilometers with four occupants, according to the standard European calculation for the range of electric cars. The distance that the students hope to travel by car during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge will be as much as 1800 kilometers. The average distance that motorists travel each day in the Netherlands is around 50 kilometers, leaving a large part of the energy available.

AUTONOMOUS SUNBATHING

In addition, the car takes the weather forecast and the kilometers still to be traveled into account, accurately determining how much energy it has left to share. The Stella App, developed by the team, allows the owner to sell valuable solar energy to other electric cars.

Another striking new feature of the car is that Stella Era uses autonomous functions to drive itself to a sunny parking space, allowing it to be recharged throughout the day. “Stella Era is a car that always gets the most out of the sun, even without a driver – a car that looks for the sunniest spot in the parking lot itself. As a result, Stella Era is not just a solar car but also an autonomous source of energy,” says Mick van der Spoel, project manager of the student team.

Is this car going to get the world title to Eindhoven for the fourth consecutive time? Photo: Bart van Overbeeke

TO SPAIN ON A SINGLE BATTERY CHARGE

The latest Stella has a much greater range than the average electric car. This is due to the fact that the energy yield of the five square meters of solar panels has been increased while the energy consumption has been reduced.

“Aerodynamics, weight and electrical efficiency are all important for low energy consumption. We’ve greatly improved the electrical efficiency this year by developing the complete powertrain ourselves. What is currently on the market just doesn’t meet the requirements for a solar car,” says Van der Spoel.

It’s for this reason that the team has designed and built the complete powertrain, from the Battery Management System to the electric motors and from A to Z in just 10 months. As a result, Stella Era can travel more than four times as far with a battery pack similar in size to that of a today’s average electric family car, even without sunshine.

BEAT THE DUTCH

In October, the Eindhoven team will defend its world title during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia. During the world championship for solar cars, in which 50 teams from all over the world participate, the students have to cover a distance of 3022 km. Solar Team Eindhoven is the only Dutch team that is participating in the family car class.

Van der Spoel explains: “In contrast to previous years, we are only allowed to charge twice, with the largest distance between two charging points being 1200 km. And because we want to cross the finish line even in the rain and with a headwind, we built this car so that it can cover that distance on one battery charge, even when the sun isn’t shining.”

Lightyear One: Dutch solar-electric car prototype revealed

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Dutch electric-vehicle startup Lightyear has unveiled a prototype of its first model – a solar electric car called the ‘Lightyear One’ with a range of 450 miles.

While the One is primarily charged by plugging in like any other electric model, it also incorporates roof-mounted solar panels in order to boost range and cut down on the amount of stationary plug-in charging required.

The company has applied a philosophy of ‘ultra-efficiency’ in designing the car, concentrating on making it as light and aerodynamic as possible, in order to extract more range from a relatively small battery.

Smart Circuit self-driving shuttles fuel Ohio State research

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The initiative bringing self-driving shuttles to the Buckeye state is driven by Smart Columbus and Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio, in partnership with The Ohio State University. The Smart Circuit demonstration will help engineers, researchers and policymakers from this partnership inform future deployments of self-driving vehicle technology throughout the state.

Keep track of California’s progress on green and smart mobility.

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The Energy Commission’s Tracking Progress webpage provides sector-specific summaries of California’s progress toward a cleaner energy future. Look here for more information.

In January 2018, Governor Brown issued an executive order for 5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030 and the installation of 250,000 electric vehicle chargers and 200 hydrogen refueling stations by 2025. Previously, he established the foundation to support 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025 and published a ZEV Action Plan. As part of its work on zero-emission vehicles, the Energy Commission provides funding for plug-in electric vehicle charging, hydrogen refueling stations, and guidance on plug-in electric and hydrogen vehicle infrastructure deployment.  

FortifID joins our Smart e-Mobility Program

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San Francisco, June 11, 2018: FortifID has joined the Trans-Atlantic Coast to Coast Smart e-Mobility Program to facilitate the development of the US and Netherlands Smart e-Mobility market.

“Coast-to-Coast Smart e-Mobility (S4C) is excited that FortifID is joining the partnership”, shared Peter van Deventer, Director. “As an innovator and disruptor FortifID brings unique expertise to the smart e-mobility sector.  Their privacy preserving data solutions on the blockchain may prove to be crucial for data integrity which is essential for Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared Mobility platforms.  I consider them to be a great asset to the transatlantic cooperation between Netherlands and California. FortifID’s ambition to support and accelerate solutions for smarter and cleaner electric transportation is inspiring.”

“By joining the Coast to Coast Smart e-Mobility Program we will be able to enhance use of the extended network, strong partnerships, unlock new business opportunities and contribute to the success of the Smart e-Mobility Alliance” says Anirban Basak, CEO of FortifID.

ABOUT FORTIFID

FortifID is a software company that enables a frictionless digital ecosystem with enhanced consumer data privacy.  The FortifID platform provides services to consumers, data providers and online service providers.  Consumers can create and use multiple personas that can be used to seamlessly obtain different online services while restricting the personal information divulged to get those services.  Data Providers form a “Circle of Trust”to allow vetted privacy-preserving data analytics to be invoked on their data via smart contracts on the blockchain.  Businesses can perform customer verification and market to individuals in a privacy-preserving manner.

FortifID helps businesses with GDPR compliance by making it possible to analyze consumer data without requiring the raw data to be copied or shared.

Commercial applicability for e-Mobility includes authentication/KYC, directly matching institutional business offers to consumers, enabling consumers to maintain data privacy while charging at public charging stations, and the ability for businesses to provide value-added services such as driver discounts in a privacy-preserving manner.  We also envision extending the “Circle of Trust”to include charging networks, allowing analytic solutions to be run on usage patterns to enable insights such as optimal placement of charging stations, and predictions about charging infrastructure requirements.

 

Demonstrator on smart charging presented at EV Roadmap 11

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On Tuesday, June 19, the Dutch smart charging company and S4C-partner GreenFlux will present a demonstrator for smart charging in Portland, Oregon at EV Roadmap 11. The demonstrator shows how smart charging works in practice by presenting online data of different projects in Europe where cars are being charged in a smart and sustainable way.

The demonstrator is a next step on the way to a Living Lab Smart Charging at UC Davis, CA, which was announced earlier this year and that will be implemented this Summer. The Living Lab Smart Charging is a cooperation between the Dutch – US Coast to Coast Smart eMobility Program (S4C) and UC Davis to combine and further develop Dutch and US knowledge and experience on smart charging.

‘Smart charging; the Dutch approach’ will also be the topic of a special breakfast workshop which will be organized by the Coast to Coast Smart eMobility program at EV Roadmap 11 on Wednesday, June 20.