Although they are only at a relatively embryonic stage in terms of market penetration, electric cars represent the most environmentally friendly vehicles, as they have absolutely no emissions. Though it is unlikely that the first generation of electric vehicles will be adopted by the masses, there is a compelling case for everyday consumers to embrace them if some early hurdles are overcome.
In the project e-VENETs, we will immerse headfirst in a plausible scenario ten years from now where gas stations have begun dwindling and public charging stations can be found in on-street parking, at taxi stands, in parking lots or as the odd stand-alone columns peppering the future road landscape. Anxiety about vehicles range and finding charging stations will be a major concern for drivers, who will likely plan their trip or their commute around such availability. We will look at upcoming ICT technologies, V2V and V2I communication paradigms and mobility models that will assist electric vehicle drivers in their daily commutes. Specifically, we will address the need to support the deployment of charging stations with a communication infrastructure and communication protocols that can timely advertise location, availability and waiting time of charging stations, and that are capable of interacting with on-board navigation systems.