A light electric quadricycle, Free Duck, an integrated system, Green Wheel, and charging stations available in various models with user recognition systems and remote communication with the operations center. Andrea Onado, Commercial Director of Ducati Energia, tells how the columns are fundamental to make green mobility attractive.
Ducati is among the sponsors of MobilityTech Milan 2012, scheduled for 22 and 23 October.
1) Charging columns: what is it? What do they mean for users?
Charging stations are one of the pillars fundamental for the diffusion gods electric vehicles. The possibility for the owners of these vehicles to recharge in a simple way, both in private and public areas, is an essential requirement to make this type of green mobility attractive to the general public.
2) How long have you introduced them and what response did you get from the market?
Our charging stations have been introduced since 2010 and have undergone transformations over time to implement their ease of use and the amount of information available to both users and managers.
3) There are two versions, for internal and external: what are the differences?
The columns differ in single-phase (essentially for private use) and three-phase (essentially for public use) applications. The characteristics of the outdoor columns are also characterized by the ability to be multi-user, to be equipped with recognition and authorization systems for use and to have particular characteristics of resistance to atmospheric agents.
4) What are the European Community standards on which you are based?
European standards require the column to activate a sort of dialogue with the recharging vehicle. This dialogue has the function of checking safety parameters such as, for example, the vehicle grounding, before activating the recharge. It also verifies that the energy demand is compatible with the network's ability to support this request in order not to create imbalances in the network.
5) Have you used a user recognition system via RFID (badge) and a remote communication system with the operations center for constant monitoring of the network operating status: how do these two systems work and how do they translate into benefits for the user?
The RFID system allows the univocal identification of the user and consequently the possibility of accessing the top-up and possibly receiving the related charge. The remote communication system allows a data processing center to know the status of the columns both in terms of failure and availability to provide the charging service.
6) What features does the Free Duck light electric quadricycle have?
The vehicle Free Duck it's a light electric quadricilco to drive you are qualified with the certificate of suitability (CIG), the need to use safety belts and helmets. The power supply, in addition to the economy compared to petroleum-derived fuels, allows access to various restricted traffic areas. The small size (one meter wide and 1.80 long) allows for agile driving and extreme ease of parking. Consequently the Free Duck is a particularly vehicle suitable for city travel.
7) The Green Wheel integrated system: what does it consist of?
There Green Wheel it contains in the hub everything needed to transform a normal bicycle into a pedal assisted bicycle: batteries, electric motor and control system. The user is able to control the system through simple commands available on the display through a bluetooth communication with the wheel. The help of the electric motor is proportional to the effort produced by the cyclist in order to have a pleasant handling.
Interview byMarta Abbà