In a report published at the beginning of June this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) recorded some two million electric vehicles on the road in 2016, representing an increase of 60% over 2015! As a stakeholder in the green mobility sector, ENGIE has a strong presence in this fast-growing market. Here's our overview...
Responsible for 23% of the world’s CO2 emissions, 95% of transportation still relies on oil-derived fuels*. ENGIE is a stakeholder in the process of transitioning to a mobility model that emits less CO2, is less polluting and improves traffic flow. In this sense, the conclusions set out in the IEA report offer many opportunities. Even though the two million electric vehicles recorded account for only 0.2% of all cars on the road, the level of year-on-year growth shows that the market is growing very quickly. And according to auto manufacturer estimates, between 9 and 20 million new vehicles could be running on our roads by 2020, and between 40 and 70 million by 2025.
Convinced that electric vehicles will revolutionize mobility, particularly in central urban environments, ENGIE has recently acquired EV-Box, a Dutch company that has installed more than 40,000 electric vehicle charging points in more than twenty countries. ENGIE has already installed more than 5,000 charging points in Europe, and has orders to provide more than 4,000 more.
In 2016, it was the ENGIE subsidiary ENGIE Cofely Luxembourg that was selected as part of the consortium containing the startup company Powerdale to provide and maintain 800 public charging points throughout Luxembourg.
These successes confirm the Group’s status as European market leader for this type of infrastructure. It is also developing packages for private users. In France, Elec'Car gives electric car owners three years of half-price electricity used overnight to recharge their vehicles. And since the acquisition of EV-Box in March of this year, ENGIE has been able to offer Elec'Charge, a home terminal that recharges vehicle batteries three times faster than a regular power outlet.
Over and above its services for electric vehicles, ENGIE also offers a comprehensive range of green mobility solutions that combine its expertise in alternative fuels (electricity, of course, but also natural gas and hydrogen), smart infrastructures and smart transportation systems.
In Paris, ENGIE is working with the RATP public transit authority to develop buses that run solely on biomethane and bioGNV. In Dijon, the Group runs 33 tram sets on energy from renewable sources.
ENGIE subsidiary GNVERT provides sustainable mobility solutions for companies and local authorities keen to shrink their transportation environmental footprint. Through its network of 140 Vehicle Natural Gas (VNG) filling stations across France, the company markets a range of alternative fuels: Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), BioCNG (a low-carbon version of CNG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and hydrogen. The Group has installed its first public Liquefied Natural Gas and Compressed Natural Gas filling station at Rungis, the world’s largest food market near Paris: open 24/7, this new facility is enabling transportation operators - and especially truck operators - to transform their logistics models.
In Rio, Brazil, ENGIE has equipped the city and its wider urban area with the Maestro system of cameras, radar scanners, radio links and traffic light and street lighting control systems to provide more effective road traffic management. In Edinburgh, Scotland, ENGIE provides travelers with real-time information on traffic conditions, journey times and even how long they will have to wait for the next bus via its Take Me Home and Mybustracker apps.
All of these solutions are contributing to the emergence of a new, more streamlined, cleaner and cheaper mobility model in cities and regions throughout the world.