Optimise energy consumption of EVs through apps

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and smart phones more and more widespread, apps have become an everyday tool for controlling devices and systems. Now, apps will also play a key role in optimising the energy use of electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles are essential in the implementation and development of smart environments. JOSPEL is exploiting the opportunities offered by connected vehicles – among other things by developing apps that enable energy optimisation. The collaboration between apps and vehicles enrich data generated, which is then processed, allowing for real-time monitoring and actuation of commands that will improve the energy behaviour of the whole vehicle through personalised services.

Supporting grid stability

Electric vehicles are connected to the grid about 70% of the time. By allowing driver profiles and patterns to be registered through apps, it will be possible to configure the vehicles as energy storage systems that ultimately can help stabilise the grid. In order to enable this future scenario, the first step taken in that direction is the integration of parameters such as charging spots, vehicle battery capacity and driver profile in the route planning app that JOSPEL offers to have an accurate estimation of vehicle needs and potential offering at any time.

The apps developed in the project are the following:

  • An app that monitors energy consumption and alerts driver of the impact of actions and decisions taken
  • An app that allows comfort customization based on energy availability and driver preferences
  • A route planner based on destination, energy availability and charging stations location
  • An app that enables seamless identification of drivers. Each driver has his/her own preferences in terms of comfort, usual trips etc. Having this information stored in the cloud will simplify the problem of calculating how battery can be used in accordance with the preferences of the driver. Thus, the optimisation is based, not only on real-time data, but also in the driver’s historical activity profile.

Customisable for all vehicles

The apps provided by JOSPEL are independent of the platform they will be running on. The apps have been developed from a logic point of view, thus the information flow, the decision making processes, the outcomes and all the logic in general is the same regardless of the vehicle. This means that for their implementation, the only thing required is a description of the interfaces to connect to the vehicle.

JOSPEL is currently working on integrating the multiple subsystems that are under development in the different project activities, so as to move from the conceptual design to the real apps that will be showcased by the end of the project.