The Prince of Asturias yesterday chaired the opening ceremony of the Information and Control Center of ZEM2ALL (Zero Emissions to All) project in Malaga, a pioneering project of 60 million euros which aims to implement access to electric mobility on a large scale.
The new ZEM2ALL center, located in one of the Royal Tobacco Factory of Malaga´s buildings, will serve as a real test center for the operation of contaminants emission-free electric mobility. Through this initiative, the impact and resources management of electric mobility in the city of the future will be made known with information ranging from the use of cars, their recharging or the services that may be provided, to the impact on the cities´ energy management. To this end, the city of Malaga was chosen given its worldwide pioneering position in smart city management through its five years experience in the SmartCity Malaga, led by Endesa.
The citizens of Malaga, both individuals and companies, will be made available electric cars and recharging infrastructure that will enable them be early adopters of electric mobility and enjoy its benefits and services. The use of electric cars in Malaga will reveal the impact of their use in depth and provide information and experiences that will indicate the requirements for a large-scale deployment of electric vehicles in society.
The largest network of fast charging points
The project has developed the deployment of 229 recharging points: 200 conventional points in homes or businesses of users attached to the project; 23 fast charging stations and another 6 bidirectional charging posts. Malaga has the largest fast charging points network of Spain: 23 posts from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Hitachi in nine locations, which allow to charge up to 80% of the vehicle’s battery in less than half an hour. 6 Endesa´s bidirectional chargers are also installed in the Royal Tobacco Factory, which is the largest V2G (vehicle to grid) experience worldwide. These points allow the car to both take power from the grid and also to return energy to the electrical system at peak demand moments or under other specific needs. The overall charging infrastructure is connected to the Control Center opened yesterday.
This interconnection of points will also result in real-time useful information on aspects that will make it easier and more efficient to get around the city, such as the location of the nearest available fast charging point, or the best way to reach it. In addition, applications will be implemented to allow to manage and receive information about the car and its load from a mobile phone.
The ceremony was attended by Don Felipe de Borbón, the Minister of Industry, Energy and Commerce, Mr. José Manuel Soria, the president of Endesa, Mr. Borja Prado, the president of the Organization for the Development of New Industrial Technology and Energy of Japan (NEDO), Mr. Kazuo Furukawa, and the executive vice president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mr. Akira Hishikawa. Also present were the Mayor of Málaga, Mr. Francisco de la Torre, and the general director of the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), Mrs. Elisa Robles.
The project ZEM2ALL will be open to general public for free from May 15, from 10:30 to 13:30 h and visitor groups may be reserved by sending a request to [email protected]. ZEM2ALL has made available a customer service phone (902 656 541) and a website where all information on the project can be found.