Challenge Expiration Date: April 30, 2019
Enel X is Enel’s global business line dedicated to developing innovative products and digital solutions in sectors in which energy is showing the greatest potential for transformation: cities, homes, industries, and electric mobility. Enel X is interested in technical designs of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that are easily accessible with minimal visual and physical impact within an urban environment.
This is a Reduction to Practice Challenge that requires written documentation including electrical and mechanical design of the solution.
Electric cars are rising in popularity as consumers look for more sustainable ways to travel. With electric vehicles, the total driving distance is limited by battery capacity. For people who don’t have a driveway at home or a charging station at work, the logistics of owning and operating an electric vehicle (EV) becomes more complicated. Readily available public charging stations would increase the demand for EVs, but cities have been slow to install them due in part to the cost as well as limited curbside space. Therefore, Enel X is looking for innovative solutions to deploy a large number of EV charging stations that is economical, technically feasible, and aesthetically pleasing.
This Challenge provides contribution to the following SDGs:
On-street urban parking is regarded as a challenging market segment to address for charging operators due to relatively high costs and time of deploying infrastructure, complexities of installation, and significant amount of up-front capital required. The installation of thousands of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on the curbsides could solve an issue for the EV market – which is how owners can charge their cars if they don’t have a dedicated driveway. Through the provision of on-street charging facilities, EV charging becomes more accessible to those without off-street parking, increasing the uptake of EVs, and reducing the emission of local and global pollutants from the transport sector.
The deployment of innovative and low cost charging solutions such as telescopic units or underground/ground-emerging charging posts that rise when requested can be considered, as well as entirely overground units; regardless of the specific implementation, the aim has to be focused on reducing the visual impact of EV charging stations and limiting the congestion on public walkways. Furthermore, accessibility must be addressed, both in physical accessibility to all users and accessibility in the sense of compliance to EV international charging standards. Furthermore, the solution shall comply with the European Accessibility Act.
Enel X is searching for cost competitive and technical designs that improve the functionality and appearance of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in an urban environment. Ideally, the solution can be scaled not only for on-street residential parking, but is also fully integrated to support the EV mass market.
NOTE: Typically, consumers provide their own charging cable, therefore approaches that incorporate this accessory will be considered, but this functionality is not necessary. On the other hand, solutions that involve modifications to light poles or other objects that typically appear on city streets are not desired and should be avoided. Furthermore, software solutions are specifically excluded.
Submissions must have the following qualities:
In addition, the following qualities are highly desired but not required:
The submitted proposal should include the following:
Tipologia: Challenge prize
Paese: Italia, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgio, Brasile, Canada, Cile, Cina, Corea del Sud, Danimarca, Egitto, Finlandia, Francia, Germania, Giappone, Gran Bretagna, India, Israele, Lituania, Messico, Norvegia, Paesi Bassi, Repubblica Ceca, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Spagna, Sudafrica, Svezia, Svizzera, Stati Uniti d′America, Vietnam
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