Groupe Renault has announced the official launch of the INCIT-EV project, in collaboration with 32 partners in Europe, aiming to promote electromobility via user-centric experiments of innovating charging technologies for electric vehicles.
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Over 48 months from January 2020 through December 2023, the INCIT-EV project will be broken down into two primary phases:
Phase 1 will first involve analysing user needs and requirements, followed in April 2020 by an assessment of charging technologies and their integration into infrastructure
Phase 2 will focus on 7 tech demonstrations on selected sites and will run from the second half of 2022 to the end of the project.
A dynamic induction charging system for the urban environment in Paris, France;
High voltage charging systems in the outskirts of Tallinn, Estonia;
Optimised bidirectional "smart charging" in Amsterdam and Utrecht, the Netherlands;
A dynamic induction charging system in peri-urban/long-range areas in Versailles, France;
A charging hub in a carpark for car-share vehicles in the outskirts of Turin, Italy;
Low voltage bidirectional charging (for two-wheeled vehicles also) and dynamic charging in taxi lanes located at the airport and central station in Zaragoza, Spain.
To address the needs to test the charging technologies in real-life conditions – such as the Contactless Dynamic Charging (CDC) technology – and to structure the whole ecosystem, Groupe Renault took the European Commission’s call for new projects as an opportunity to create a consortium.
Thirty-two leading industrial companies, universities, institutes, cities, start-ups, and SMEs positively answered the call put out by Renault, with the shared desire to promote electric mobility in Europe by carrying out electric car’s user-centric experiments.
This customer-centric approach will help build a new ecosystem and develop technological charging solutions that could be rolled out Europe-wide to foster and encourage electric mobility.
“As Europe's pioneering electric vehicle company, Groupe Renault is known for being an innovative company that cares about customers” said Xavier Serrier, project manager for the electric vehicle charging systems in Groupe Renault’s Research department. “The INCIT-EV project we launched is a large demonstration of user-centric urban and long-range charging solutions to boost an engaging deployment of electric vehicles in Europe.”