In a bid to meet the urgent needs of the
world’s rapidly-expanding electric vehicle (EV) market, Schneider Electric, one
of the leaders in digital transformation of energy management and automation,
has launched EcoStruxure for eMobility— an end-to-end solution to cover the
entire EV charging infrastructure value chain.
The number of EVs will grow to 130 million
in China, Europe and the US by 2030, a trend that is being accelerated by the
plummeting cost of battery storage—from $1,000 per kilowatt hour in 2010 to
$200 by 2020 according to a 2019 report by the World Economic Forum.
Governments of Norway, France, the UK and
China, are actively regulating in favor of EVs, while global automakers
planning to spend $300 billion on EV technology in the next five to 10 years,
with nearly half of that spending in China, Reuters reports.
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance,
there are now five mn EVs on the world’s roads, serviced by 632,000 public
charging outlets. Under a scenario where EVs hit 30 percent market share by
2030, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects a need for somewhere
between 14 and 30 million public chargers to be deployed globally.
Lack of reliable public charging is the one
of the top reasons for consumers not buying electric vehicles, while major
mobility stakeholders, particularly fleet operators and auto manufacturers need
access to a secure and reliable EV charging infrastructure that will reduce
costs and accelerate time to market if they are to invest in EVs.
Christel Galbrun-Noel, President-Automotive
and Mobility Segment, Schneider Electric said, “We believe the future of energy
is decentralized, decarbonised and digitised, and electro-mobility is essential
for the world to reduce carbon emissions. We see that electro-mobility is a key
to achieve this future, but adoption is slower than needed. Additional
regulations, efficient infrastructure, and reduced costs to drive consumer
demand are essential if we are to reach the tipping point.”
The newly launched, EcoStruxure for
eMobility is aimed, among others, at fleet operators who need reliable and
cost-effective charging solutions, auto manufacturers who want to foster EV
adoption by giving their customers reliable access to charging facilities and
utilities and charging point operators who also need to develop new business
models that can accommodate EV growth.
EcoStruxure for eMobility stands out in
that it covers the entire EV charging value chain, from audit and consulting,
to grid and microgrid management, and smart charging stations. It offers giving
operators increased sustainability through minimized emissions and reduced
energy consumption, while lowering CapEx and OpEx by more than 30 per cent. The
solution, under the umbrella of EcoStruxure IIoT platform and architecture,
improves visibility, cost control, efficiency and resilience, while reducing
The new solution offers consulting services to help customers strategise, plan,
design, install and maintain smart EV charging systems that are safe, reliable
and efficient. It helps manage energy and microgrid to optimise the energy
consumption of EV charging units, increasing the efficiency of usage and cost
by forecasting the optimum time to consume, produce, store or sell energy. It
has a built-in battery storage that optimises grid use and allows for a better
management of renewable energy. It offers IIoT predictive maintenance and operations
management, combined with data analytics that minimise OpEx and help eliminate
downtime. The EVlink charging stations offer an easy user-experience and can be
deployed at scale.