e-Mobility Smart Grid For Passengers and Last Mile Freight Transport in the Alpine Space

Integrated e-mobility planning in the Alpine Space

One of the main obstacles to the large-scale introduction of e-vehicles in Local Public Transport (LPT) and Last-Mile Freight Logistic (LML) are the limitations of the local network infrastructure. The current network of electric charging station in the Alpine region is insufficient to meet the higher energy demand for LPT and LML. In order to avoid load peaks and to not endanger the operation of other electrical systems, an intelligent and electronic load management is necessary. This requires standards and norms for testing and validating the systems, guaranteeing grid stability and dynamic charging, and uniform communication models. The Interreg Alpine Space project e-SMART aims to achieve this by fostering transnational cooperation among public and private actors for an integrated approach to electric vehicle charging infrastructure planning and e-mobility services development.

e-SMART will activate cooperation among public authorities and e-mobility and energy operators through Smart Living Labs on all levels of governance. It will lead, through a Smart Mobility Road Map for Alpine Space decision makers on intermunicipal level, to a common approach in development of e-mobility services in LPT &  LML and in planning of an adequate electric-vehicle charging-system network for entire Alpine region. The project will design and test a set of transnational operational instruments for public and private technicians to plan e-mobility infrastructure and services in passengers and freight transports in the framework of smart grid and smart territories: a Smart Energy Toolkit.

Project objectives

Foster transnational cooperation between pubic and private actors for an integrated planning

e-SMART will establish the cooperation via the living lab approach. During these meetings, innovative e-mobility approaches will be discussed, smart grid and digitalization potentials analysed and training materials elaborated. They bring together key stakeholders from the different Alpine countries in order to ensure the harmonization of e-mobility services and planning.

Promote a harmonized Alpine Space approach for energy and mobility planning

The project will develop a guideline to support public and private decision makers when planning and deploying charging infrastructure of electric local public transport and last mile logistics. The e-SMART Road Map will lead to an improvement of national, regional and local energy and mobility strategies.

Increase of methods and tools to plan e-mobility charging infrastructure and services

The partnership will develop a toolkit, comprised of digital tools, guidelines and a user manual, to facilitate an integrated planning of e-mobility and energy services.