With a new communication infrastructure proposed by the JOSPEL project, it is now possible to adjust the energy use in electric vehicles in accordance with passenger comfort, external conditions and how far the car needs to drive – making EVs far more flexible, autonomous and with a longer range.

Even in today’s modern electric vehicles, a lot of energy is used on heating or cooling, further limiting the relatively short range of electric vehicles by draining the battery capacity. In order to overcome this barrier and improve the range of electric vehicles, JOSPEL proposes an advanced communication infrastructure which collects data from the vehicle, the driver’s preferences and external sources such as weather forecasts, location of charging stations etc. The system then processes the data and optimises the behaviour and settings of the vehicle’s subsystems such as heating and cooling in the best way for the battery to save energy – and at the same time maintain passenger comfort.

The short range of electric vehicles and the fear of running low on battery are major barriers to the commercial success of electric vehicles. With JOSPEL’s communication infrastructure, the vehicles will be able to drive further by alternating the use of energy depending on the passengers’ comfort needs and how far there is to the destination. This is a great step towards making electric vehicles more attractive to consumers, explains Juan Rico, Energy Sector Research and Innovation Engineer at Atos.

Atos is partner in the JOSPEL project and responsible for developing the communication infrastructure. Juan Rico further exemplifies:

Say that you initially plan to drive from home to work. Suddenly, there is a change of plan, and you want to go to a third destination. In order to reach this destination, however, your battery needs more energy. In the system, we process this information and change the settings automatically in the car so that the battery saves energy, and it is possible for you to reach the destination. This solution will seamlessly improve vehicle autonomy while minimising the impact on passengers’ comfort levels.

Key driver in the future smart grid

The system developed in the JOSPEL project is generic. As a result, it can collect information from any electric vehicle and thereby improve the vehicle’s energy efficiency . Moreover, the JOSPEL solution enables vehicles to take part in the future electrical networks, making it a key driver in the future smart grid environment by boosting the Virtual Power Plant concept.

 

 

In order to collect data in the vehicles, different sensors are placed strategically and thereby monitoring the status of the vehicle. The communication system will manage those sensors and devices and automate the data collection. Firstly, the data is processed in the vehicle, thus enabling  local decision making. Followingly, the data is communicated to a cloud-based solution where further advanced processing can be applied to create new policies for saving energy. These policies are then communicated to the vehicle.

You can read more about JOSPEL’s innovative approach to improving energy efficiency and maximizing the operating range of electric vehicles here.