As sustainable mobility has become a priority for many countries, notably in Europe where the parliament just voted to end sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2035, e-vehicles have grown into a booming market.
According to a new report by specialized site EV-Volumes, global EV sales reached 6, 75 million units in 2021, 108 % more than in 2020. This volume includes passenger vehicles, light trucks and light commercial vehicles. Moreover, the number of electric vehicles on the road should reach at least 145 million units by the end of the decade as per the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates.
At FIRALP, the move to electric vehicles has been underway for several years now. However, 2022 marks a decisive shift, with more than 100 electric vehicles ordered and charging stations already installed in the branches. The deployment of dual-energy pods is also continuing, as is the order for a dozen gas (CNG) trucks. This renewal meets environmental expectations and anticipates the restriction of the most polluting vehicles in low-emission mobility zones by 2025.
To support its transition to electric vehicles, the group, through its subsidiary EREC, has chosen PcVue Solutions for the supervision of its charging stations.
EREC Technologies is a national specialist in process management and has been a PcVue partner for over 20 years; it supports its customers in the maintenance and operation of turnkey solutions in electricity and automation.
The project began in 2020 with the aim of managing internally the hundred-22kW charging stations of FIRALP’s fifty branches, with an open and flexible solution.
The tests carried out during the lockdown, allowed communication configuration with the charging stations of various manufacturers. OCPP was the selected protocol to monitor the stations for it ensures interoperability.
The charging stations also rely on Load Management Systems which required several firmware updates in order to obtain the desired performance.