Energy route planning for electric vehicles

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ViriCiti B.V. has entered a partnership with Simacan B.V. to develop a new online tool that predicts the energy usage and savings per route by driving electric. The 'EV Fleet Analyzer' thus provides insights in when the deployment of electric distribution vehicles is profitable. With this tool, ViriCiti and Simacan aim to increase the use of electric vehicles.

EV Fleet Analyzer

ViriCiti possesses large amounts of data regarding the energy consumption of electric vehicles (EVs). Simacan is an expert in the field of real-time geo datasets and route planning. By joining forces, the two are able to develop a system that analyses both internal vehicle data and data from external sources which have an effect on energy consumption (traffic, weather and road altitude differences). The 'EV Fleet Analyzer' can subsequently make an accurate prediction of the usage and savings per route.

Increased deployment of EVs

A broader use of EVs can make an important contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. However, many logistics companies only sporadically use EVs. The required data for reliable planning is missing, which leads to a small-scale and uneconomic use of the vehicles. With the 'EV Fleet Analyzer,' distributors are able to see exactly per route if the use of EVs is attainable and profitable. This will eventually stimulate a large-scale deployment of EVs.

Testing

ViriCiti and Simacan will test the software after development with several distributors.

"Simacan and ViriCiti found each other in the mutual ambition to lower the threshold of the transition to electric vehicles. ViriCiti has all the knowledge and skills to continuously measure the use of the vehicle in relation to its battery capacity. Simacan ensures that this information becomes available both inside and outside the vehicle in digital maps and route planners." 

Felix Faassen, CTO Simacan

"This project is a great use-case of the 'Big Data approach'; ViriCiti's growing dataset of vehicle specific consumption is projected on the advanced route planning system of Simacan. This creates an application with predictive abilities, which improves itself continuously with every electric driven kilometer."

Simon Rijk, CTO ViriCiti
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About ViriCiti

ViriCiti, founded in 2012, offers a cloud-based monitoring system to improve electric vehicle operations. ViriCiti believes that online energy management is the missing link to full adoption of electric city buses and trucks. By monitoring and analyzing data from electric vehicles up to millisecond level, real-time information on the use, condition and performance of the vehicle can be provided. With these insights, electric city buses and trucks run further, more reliable and at lower cost.

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