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How will MEISTER tackle the COVID-19 crisis?

The MEISTER consortium has performed a Risk Impact Assessment of the COVID-19 virus outbreak on the project, through the identification and description of the impacts of COVID-19 in implementing the different remaining activities, especially in relevant work packages such as the demonstration activities at the pilot sites and the cross-site evaluation and impacts assessment. Furthermore, the consortium has assessed the level of impact of each risk, the expected delays and the corrective or mitigation actions proposed. Therefore, the consortium will request for an extension of 6 months of initial project duration due to the COVID-19 situation with the aim of fulfilling the project objectives and impacts forecasted.

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Latest developments in MEISTER

Our MEISTER team is working on the developed prototype of the Smartphone app for Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers and the innovative Smart Charging and Storage platform.

What is the Smartphone app for EV drivers?
This MEISTER app provides integrated real-time information and booking services to EV drivers and supports the deployment of the business model called Smart park and charge in the three pilot sites (Berlin, Malaga, and Stockholm). It consists of an application for Android and iOS, and the main features include: Availability of Electric Vehicles Supply Equipments (EVSEs), Reservations & recharging, and accounting information.


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What is the Smart Charging and Storage platform?
One of the key functionalities of this platform is the smart management of the Electric Vehicles Supply Equipment (EVSE) and the charging processes of the Electric Vehicles (EVs). The Charging Point Operators (CPOs) can monitor and control in real-time their EVSEs through a provided user-friendly interface, while at any time they can modify the charging and discharging power of the EV chargers utilizing optimization algorithms in order to provide ancillary services to the local Distribution System Operator (DSO).




Online workshop hosted by Stockholm city

Stockholm city hosted an online workshop to identify the potential of piloting smart park and charge in Stockholm.
Stakeholders such as charging operators, charging infrastructure information providers, the City of Stockholm Transport Department and Swedish Energy Agency took part in the workshop.
MEISTER partners presented two new products the platform that enables an interoperable payment system for electric car charging and the app with real-time information and also the possibility to pre-order a charging station.

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The event hosted a large number of participants, an active discussion, and quite concrete feedback on smart park and charge.
The city will conduct a follow-up in May to concretise the eventual partnership.




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E-carsharing is getting ready in Berlin

The MEISTER team will soon launch an e-carsharing offer to the tenants of our project partner Gewobag. “Spreeauto” will be deployed and tested in selected residential areas of Berlin’s public housing company. The electric cars are parked in marked parking lots equipped with charging infrastructure. Registration, booking, and opening of the cars is done by an app, which is integrated in the MEISTER neighborhood mobility app. Reservations are possible several weeks in advance. E-Carsharing as a housing service is particularly suitable for tenants who do not want to have their own car but still need a vehicle from time to time. E-Carsharing as a housing service aims to establish a demonstration example of efficient use of electric vehicles and provides residents of Berlin with a new, attractive, and environmental-friendly mobility option.

The eMobility Expertise Centre website launched

The eMobility Expertise Centre (EeMEC), one of the MEISTER tools, has launched its website. The website presents the mission of this centre, the services, and the values.
The EeMEC is a technical, legal and financial support centre that facilitates the transferability of best practices from the MEISTER pilot cities –and other cities leading e-Mobility in Europe, to other European local governments.
It is also conceived as a tool, which facilitates engineering and consultancy companies to offer its services to local governments in the urban planning and SUMPs process, involving the technical, legal and economic feasibility of different alternatives.
“We enable you to take the right steps from the start, by providing you the relevant basic knowledge, industry insights, market data and structures, legal bases, and much more.”
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Membership of the EeMEC
Members of the ecosystem are the organisations who contribute to building the EeMEC and making it sustainable, ranging from local authorities and city networks to NGOs, academics, private partners, and consultancies.
Interested in becoming a member of the European e-Mobility Expertise Center?
Join the network here https://www.eemec.eu/members/#join
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Consortium Meeting with guests

At the beginning of July, MEISTER has celebrated a special online consortium meeting where other Horizon 2020 projects on electro-mobility have participated, such as Green Charge, Userchi, and ELVITEN. The three-guest invited shared experiences, lessons learned, and found synergies.
“It was a very useful session to meet new players and projects within e-mobility”, emphasised MEISTER project manager.

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S T O C K H O L M is one of our three pilot sites. Stockholm addresses the fleet of private operators,working closely with home care service providers and city district offices. The aim is to develop procurement criteria which will increase electric vehicles in the private operators’ fleet. Project results will include advice, criteria and evaluation data that can also help other cities make informed choices about how to use e-mobility in delivery of vital public services.
Katarina Luhr, Vice Mayor for Environment and Climate of Stockholm, explains further details of Málaga’s role within the project.
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What are the e-mobility strategies in the city (planned or in place)?
Stockholm’s Environmental strategy program states a number of environmental and climate-related goals and objectives. Two of those are that the City’s own organization is to be climate neutral by 2030 and Stockholm as a whole is to be climate positive by 2040.
The electrification of all transportation within the City is a core part of achieving these goals. Therefore the city is planning to adopt an action plan on lowering transportation emissions during 2020.
How the city is promoting and boosting electromobility adoption?
The City of Stockholm set a target in 2018 to quadruple the number of publicly available charging stations for electric cars by 2022, to a total of 4000. The city is currently on track to achieve this target.
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The city is also part of an electric car-sharing service where the city servants use the cars mostly during daytime and the inhabitants of Stockholm can use the cars on weekends and evenings. The electrification in Stockholm is however not only limited to cars but spans the entire transportation sector. Within the city, there are projects and established public-private partnerships with electric trucks that deliver goods to some of the inner city’s restaurants and shops. An effort that both lowers the emissions as well as the rumbling from the engines, which also allows them to transport goods by night.
Stockholm has also lowered the parking fee for electric mopeds and motorcycles to further promote the use of EVs.
How the city is going to benefit by means of its participation in MEISTER?
Stockholm has had a long-term commitment in the CIVITAS initiative and MEISTER gives the city the opportunity to capitalise on its previous and ongoing work with electric mobility. The project strengthens collaboration with other European cities and Stockholm will benefit from the knowledge exchange on business models that allow for wide deployment of charging infrastructure.
During MEISTER, Stockholm has the opportunity to electrify the home care services fleet as well as test and validate new technologies and products to improve the charging experience of EV users in the city.

What is the main interest of the city in the MEISTER project?
One of the main interests of Stockholm in MEISTER is the electrification of the municipal and private providers’ fleet for homecare services. We aim to become a fossil-fuel-free city organisation by 2030 and working with fleet electrification directly contributes to this target.
At the same time, an increasing share of EVs, along with a growing population in Stockholm poses a challenge for the grid, and for this reason, we are very keen to explore the potential of new technologies to overcome the capacity shortage.

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1. The Full Business Cases (FBC) is on track and it will be the last part of the definition for the novel business models according to the methodology used in MEISTER.

2. The plan of the EeMEC annual activities has been launched and they are ongoing.
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3. The lab testing of the platform for smart grid services is about to be finished in July.

4. The pre-demonstration activities in the different pilot sites are ongoing with tasks such as the set-up of business models and technology deployment in the pilots.
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5. Regarding the assessment of the impacts, key performance indicators and their baseline have been defined and further activities are ongoing for preparing the monitoring phase once the demos have started.

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Industry Strategy 4.0, 28 January in Cologne (Germany)
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung workshop, 7 February in Berlin (Germany)
GO MOBILITY, 11-12 March in Irun (Spain)
Urban Mobility Forum after COVID-19, 28 May in Málaga (Spain)
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