May 2021 / Smart Mobility involves the movement of people and goods through the application of technology, data and data analytics in a manner that balances safety, efficiency, comfort, sustainability, ability, inclusion, equity and cost-effectiveness.
Transportation systems are undergoing major transformations spurred through disruptive technologies such as automated, connected, electric and shared mobility, and the use of new approaches such as machine learning, data analytics and distributed computing.
Mr Geir Bekkevold
Chargé d’affaires, Embassy of Norway
Vice President Nordic Chamber of Commerce
Åsmund Møll Frengstad
With the growth in the Electric Vehicle (EV) market, we need not only a sufficient number of charging points, but also a tool for managing load balancing and energy capacity. Norwegian company Meshcrafts offers its SmartCharge cloud tool, which helps both operators of charging points to simplify the daily operation of EV charging stations and end-users to "just charge" – without worrying about finding the right kind of charging point, whether they’ll be able to pay, etc. The Czech EV market is in the early stages of adapting to electromobility, although we should still be thinking ahead and seeking inspiration from Nordic solutions, such as Meshcraft’s SmartCharge.
Is EV charging business profitable? It definitely should be. And it is the goal of Finnish company Virta to realise that goal – and at the same time to address the problem of climate change by bringing “electric mobility” to businesses, people’s everyday lives and the energy distribution system. Virta’s end-to-end solution helps with the setting-up of a charging system at business venues, such as shopping malls, as well as with the process of choosing the right location and the type of charging point.
As a global partner for car, bus and truck original equipment manufacturers, ABB enjoys good insight into the EV market/charging infrastructure situation. The good news is that even in the Czech Republic the e-mobility segment is growing – especially in the field of urban public transport. But we also need to change the population’s mental approach to the environment and to offer more governmental subsidies if we are to see more private passenger EVs on the streets.
What is the latest trend in ecological public transport? Well, it is perhaps surprising that, alongside trams, it is the humble trolleybus(already popular in Czech cities) that is becoming a player on the EV scene. But it is a good alternative – especially in cities that already have some of the necessary infrastructure (such as cables). One interesting solution might also be the “plug-in e-bus” – a battery-run bus that benefits from the possibility to charge from the trolleybus network. And of course, also looming on the horizon are fuel-cell-powered buses, especially given the fact that there are at last a few public hydrogen stations scheduled to open in the next few months.
Is the future of heavy trucks electric? According to Volvo Truck, it is – at least for city and regional deliveries. And for the long haul there should soon be the option of hydrogen cells and hybrid engines. This might offer a really important climate change solution, as heavy trucks constitute one of the big emission producers. It might be interesting to see, for example, Prague following in Oslo’s footsteps and acquiring its own fleet of electric/biogas garbage trucks.
When driving an EV you are demonstrating to everybody you care about the environment and have signed up to the goal of producing fewer and fewer emissions. BMW offers a full range of hybrid and fully electric cars: it is very important to let people start with mild or plug-in hybrids, so that they get used to new modes of transportation. Having an EV also changes our habits – for example, you might plan your next trip according to the availability of charging points, or you might find yourself buying a wall box so you can charge from home.
The rise of EVs brings a huge rise in the provision of related services. Drivers dont need only smart charging – they also need other smart services, such as carwashing. Superoperator (either as a stand-alone app or built into another companys app) helps you find your nearest carwash and check its occupancy before you set off to use it.
Danish company Milestone is providing “the power of video” – the more you see, the more you can work with. If video cameras are placed along a city’s main thoroughfares it is possible to analyse traffic and to offer drivers all the information they need to drive safely and smoothly through the city. It also, for example, enables authorities to guide first responders to the scene of an accident.