Capenergies is to set up an e-mobility demonstration unit for urban logistics via the European EnerNETMob project

The partners in the EnerNETMob European e-mobility project, which began in May 2018, are ready to launch 13 charging infrastructure pilot sites co-powered by renewable energy.

One of them, which is due to be installed soon by Capenergies and its local partners in France’s Bouches-du-Rhône department, will trial a photovoltaic charging station specifically for logistics in the agri-food sector. This is of major interest for the Bouches-du-Rhône department, which has both urban and agricultural areas, as confirmed by the studies carried out during the recently-completed initial phase of the project.

The roll-out of the other demonstration units will focus on complementary topics such as sea-land intermodality and shared mobility. The aim of the EnerNETMob project is to create a European e-mobility network by 2022, to facilitate and encourage the use of electric vehicles for medium and long distance journeys.

EnerNETMob’s French pilot site is to be installed in Bouches-du-Rhône:
what challenges does the region face?

Urban logistics accounts for a significant proportion of the greenhouse gas emissions in the Bouches-du-Rhône area. 93% of the flow of goods* associated with the department’s port and agricultural activities is concentrated in the Aix-Marseilles area alone. There are over 50,000 light-duty commercial vehicles which have level 4 and 5 Crit’air stickers (most polluting air quality certificates) and travel several kilometres to provide supplies to the various towns.

The Southern Region and the Aix-Marseille conurbation have identified this as a major issue, and have introduced incentives to encourage the switch to electric for utility vehicles and to increase the regional network of charging stations.

When considering the target logistics areas, EnerNETMob’s preliminary report confirmed the value of having a demonstration photovoltaic charging station focusing on agri-food logistics. This would provide new data on optimising charging according to the availability of solar energy and the use of the vehicles. Over time, these results could provide information for the mobility action plans currently being implemented by the local authorities in the department.

Contributing to the region’s drive for e-mobility combined with renewable energies, Capenergies is about to sign a tripartite agreement to install a small-scale e-mobility demonstration unit consisting of a canopy containing solar panels, 2 charging points and an electric commercial vehicle carrying out regular city-centre deliveries. The location of this demonstration unit, on a strategic site that is of major importance for local urban logistics, will be announced at the Energy For Smart Mobility forum, jointly organised by Capenergies and GreenUnivers, on 31 March and 1 April 2020 in Marseilles.


For more information on the other pilot sites and news of the programme,
see the first EnerNETMob newsletter:

*Data from INSEE Jonction study 2018