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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 13:00

Web tool eases European electric car journeys after Irish pilot

A web based electric car journey planning tool for Europe, the BATTERIE Project, has been launched at Titanic Belfast after piloting in Ireland, and is now available for public use.

eleccarcharge1 copyThe initiative was launched by two of Northern Ireland's leading authorities on renewable energy, South West College and Action Renewables.

BATTERIE, a European Regional Development Funded project, through the Atlantic Area, was established to improve the cooperation and links between various transport services across Europe and to promote the application of smart technologies and usage of alternative fuels.

The unique journey planning tool can be accessed online at www.egomap.eu. Optimised for mobile use, users can enter start point and destination information and then receive suggested routes that consider electric vehicle charging facilities as well providing information on the cost of the journey, CO2 emissions and savings.

The tool compares public transport and private combustion vehicle travel against electric vehicle travel providing users with a breakdown of transport fares and emissions. It also takes into account how long it may take to charge an electric vehicle - if needed on the journey - in order to give users the most efficient route to their destination.

Speking from the conference on the topic at Titanic Belfast, Dr John Harrison, BATTERIE Project Manager, South West College said: "Over the last 4 years as part of the BATTERIE Project, South West College's Innovation and Technology hub has been developing pilot journeys to test alternative fuel vehicles in order to improve electric car infrastructure.

eleccarcharge2"We are thrilled to be launching the world's first dedicated online intermodal journey planning tool and would like to encourage all electric vehicle drivers to avail of the service.

"Northern Ireland has one of the highest concentrations of electric vehicle charge points in the world – 174 in total including 160 fast chargers and 14 rapid chargers – making it the ideal location to pilot this initiative."

Actions Renewables, BATTERIE Project Manager, Terry Waugh commented: "A vibrant, alternatively fuelled transport sector not only helps the environment but can contribute massively to economic growth and transport efficiency. Our participation in the BATTERIE Project has helped to put Northern Ireland on the map for our first-class research and advances in the transport sector.

"As electric cars grow in popularity, an accurate and user friendly planning tool can make the experience even more enjoyable. Indeed, one of the BATTERIE closing conference delegates drove his electric car here from the Netherlands, and used the electric planning tool when he reached Northern Ireland. "

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www.egomap.eu
BATTERIE Project
SouthWest College
Action Renewables