GREENWAY - 100% ELEKTROMOBIL
Fully automated battery-swap company Better Place is gone, but the concept of battery swapping is still alive. In Slovakia, European company GreenWay is using a semi-automated battery swapping concept it launched in 2012. The system is based on converted Citroen electric drive delivery vans. A small fleet of Citroen vans has been converted to electric power, their batteries taking the shape of a large black box taking up some of the load bay. Logically, this large pack sits on a rail system. When stopping at one of the Project's swap stations, the old battery can be disconnected (via a simple lever), slid onto a forklift, and another battery slid into place. It makes the side door rather useless for any other purpose than battery swapping, but the whole process takes only seven minutes (once you've mastered the technique) far quicker than stopping to recharge. It's around the same amount of time a driver might stop to fill up a regular van with diesel or gasoline. A realistic daily distance of over 155 miles is said to be achievable with the system. Now imagine how much faster the turnaround would be with a van that loads and unloads batteries itself - and - without the cargo space being absorbed by the batteries.
Slovakia’s GreenWay, is building cheap charging stations for delivery vans. If GreenWay succeeds, it will demonstrate another rule of the new-technology business cycle, which is that a pioneer isn’t necessarily the one who enjoys a concepts fruition.
GreenWay, which supplies fully electric vans for business-to-business (B2B) customers in return for a monthly fee, says the vans it leased to pharmaceuticals and medical supplies company Med-art travelled an average of 38,502 km – the equivalent of a round-the-world trip – in six months.
The manual battery changing sequence in illustrated in these pictures. The main thing is that it works rather well. It is simple in KISS terms. It could of course be improved with automation, such as with a van that self loads cartridges, and possibly, a racking systems that delivers quickly without all the backbreaking effort. It is far more innovative than charging points at Corby and meets with CARB requirements.
GreenWay claims the two vans it leased to its first customer in May have traveled further in a six-month period than any other electric vehicles.
battery-swapping station operator has unofficially set a new world record for the most distance
traveled in an electric van in a 24 hour period, covering an amazing 2,048.2 kilometres (1,272 miles).
Peter Badik and Juraj Ulehla - co-founders of GreenWay
Peter Badik is one of the founders of the GreenWay Operator, with strong entrepreneurial and business experience. He has been dealing with electric mobility for 5 years and longer with clean energies.
Peter is MoBD in company MyEnergy, which he co-founded in 2007 and which made 12 industrial scale renewable energy power plants in Central and Eastern Europe. He successfully managed some of the very first solar projects in Czech Republic, helping towards the latter solar boom.
Prior to Peter’s swap to clean energies, he worked in the banking sector, particularly in risk management, asset and liability management, treasury, security and FX trading. He managed the Central and Eastern Europe largest government bonds portfolio (over €200 billion) in Erste Bank, Vienna.
Peter has co-founded two clean energy associations, director of Slovak Electric Vehicle Association, mentors National strategy for electric mobility in Slovakia, and is active member of several charitable foundations.
Juraj is one of the founders of MyENERGY, the Photovoltaic Industry Association SAPI (Slovak Association for the Photovoltaic Industry) and the key member of the Slovak Banking Association. He currently works as a partner and managing director in MyEnergy and is the chairman of the board of directors in SAPI.
Technology has progressed to the point that electric vehicles can now provide their owners with typically more range than is actually needed each day. Not just in everyday life but also under more demanding conditions
in business deliveries. To prove this GreenWay attempted to break the world record for greatest distance travelled within 24 hours by an electric van. The
Guinness Book of World Records currently lists 1,200 kilometres as the maximum.”
The founder of and investor in GWO. Education and lobbying for electromobility through the Slovak Electric Vehicle Association (SEVA).
Investor in GWO. Through its extensive experience in the production of electricity from renewable sources of energy, the company outlines strategic direction of GWO.
Aliter Technologies focuses on hardware development and manufacture – including the hardware and software architecture of the GWO system.
Electric vehicle producer – delivery of tailor-made fleet vehicles with highly competitive operational parameters.
DPD is one of Europe´s leading providers of parcel services. The company cooperates with GWO as a testing client and thus contributes to shaping the needs of future clients.
General supplier of stations. Research, development and manufacture of advanced automated technologies in the area of banking, warehousing, logistics, parking systems and electric mobility.
A leading energy company in Slovakia; in 2002 it became part of German E.ON Group The company cooperated with GWO in solving the issue of infrastructure localisation and building.
The energy company providing complex services relating to electricity supply. It is part of RWE, a leading energy company in Europe. The company cooperated with GWO in solving the issue of infrastructure localisation and building.
Anasoft is one of the ten largest software houses in Slovakia, with branches in the Czech Republic, Germany and the US. Their development centre in Bratislava employs over 100 experts. The company developed and supplied software solutions to GWO's central system.
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Shai Agassi - Battery-swap pioneer with his Better Place company - using a rather more complex loading system, when perhaps KISS is the name of the game. Keep it simple dudes. On that front GreenWay scores big time. But the system could be improved to make it internationally attractive.
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HORIZON 2020 - TRANSPORT RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Horizon 2020 is the European Commission’s proposal to generate ideas, growth and jobs through the world’s largest collaborative programme for research and innovation (2014-2020).
In the transport sector, the EC will seek a balanced implementation that takes account of: Rail, Road, Waterborne and Air transport - to balance competitiveness with sustainability and which invests both in technology and relevant socio-economic research.
The four priorities for Horizon 2020 transport research are:
1. Making transport more sustainable: resource-efficient transport that respects the environment.
2. Making transport and transport systems seamless: better mobility, less congestion, greater safety and security.
3. Keeping transport competitive: the European transport industry as a global leader.
4. Making transport research responsive: socio-economic research and forward-looking activities for policy-making.
Work carried out in the framework of the Strategic Transport Technology Plan (STTP) will contribute to focusing the transport European research and innovation activities through Horizon 2020.
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