Dr Costas Ageridis, chairman of the Institute, commented that electric cars are the most effective means of combating climate change, as they use energy and natural resources in a more efficient way and they support health protection in urban centers, through the reduction of exhaust gasses and noise.
Electric mobility is at an early stage of development in Greece, primarily because of the lack of charging infrastructure and the lack of education about the advantages of electric cars. As for the lack of charging options, they can be developed either privately or publicly. International experience has shown that 85% of electric car users charge them in their own residence. Another percentage of users charge their car in the workspace and fewer of them in public spaces. “Therefore, a wide network of public charging points could perhaps remain unused and proved economically unsustainable. However, that small percentage of public charging is a crucial parameter in order to get rid of ‘autonomy anxiety’ related to the use of electric cars”, said Dr Ageridis.
Furthermore, he stressed, electric vehicles can be turned into valuable tools in order to: – Maximize the penetration of renewable energy in the power system. – Flexibly balance the transmission and distribution power networks. – Avoid possible blackouts in the near future through the V2G (vehicle to grid) service, at the request of the transmission operator. – Offer good business practices to providers, through incentives to their clients. – Allow the effective rise of urban mobility models (combined transportation, carpooling etc) for the benefit of citizens and public space.
Attica’s administrative district plans for 120 charging points
Speaking in HELIEV’s workshop, which took place as part of the Domotech- Building Green exhibition, Vicemarshal of Northern Attica, George Karameros, presented proposals for the advancement of “clean” cars in Attica. These proposals, he underlined, are going to be filed soon in the competent ministry, as part of the specialization and completion of the national policy framework for the development of alternative fuels, in order to solve regulatory and technical issues that constrain the use of electric cars in cities. The advancement of electric mobility, said Mr. Karameros, “is a useful tool for combating negative effects of climate change, for environmentally upgrading urban centers and protecting public health. Our goal is to actively contribute through the targeted installment of 120 charging points in public spaces.
Furthermore, our plan includes the encouragement of the private sector to install chargers in private spaces, as well as the gradual replacement of the district authority’s petrol-fuelled cars.
The grand plan, added Mr. Karameros, is conducted in cooperation with competent bodies, in order to solve immediate support and management issues. He also noted that as part of the first phase, the following scenarios are examined, either alone or in combination, for charging points in the region: – Use from all citizens in the landplanning area of Attica. – Focus on service use by employees of the public sector. – Use by all citizens with access to key points of the city, such as charging stations, malls, food markets etc. – Comprehensive pilot application in an island municipality of the Attica administrative district.