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  • Introducing Crowdsourcing

    The original idea behind crowdsourcing consists of gathering ideas/solutions from large groups of people usually through online media. Usually a party owning a challenge/issue/problem posts it on an online platform and “solvers” answer the challenge with their solution(s). Typically there is an incentive (price/reward) provided by the interested party for the solvers to get involved and provide innovative solutions. In the E-mobility NSR Forum, crowdsouricng has been adapted to the specific needs of the project. After the challenges have been posted, the solvers/users can choose which challenge to solve. The award criteria from each challenge gives guidelines in regards to what the solution should contain.

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  • Challenge 1: EV competing with ICE vehicles

    Maintaining the current technological status of EVs, what should be done to enable them to compete with ICE vehicles on the general market AND/OR what should be done if EV’s compete with the ICEs on particular markets?
    • Prerequisites for this challenge

      The current developing/technological trend of EVs on the market is describing a race between ICE vehicles and EVs. While the ICE industry has reached a dominant design (a standardized model) and a constant growth, the EV industry hasn’t. This progress is typical for new industries. The emergence of the dominant design can arise from a great consumer adoption of a specific model or from becoming a dominant design in a particular market followed by a general market adoption. Other reported emergences in new industries depict the intervention of the public authorities through public procurement of innovation. Regardless of the pathway, it is of interest that the process of dominant design emergence to increase its velocity so that the market uptake becomes standardized. In this challenge, a possible solution shall be provided considering the continuation of ICE and EV competition on the general market or to limit the market extension for the EV so that the competition is more focused and specialized.

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  • Challenge 2: Needs for legislative support

    Which type of legislation actions can help electric freight vehicles to compete with conventional vehicles, given the condition that the legislative action is objective - it doesn’t violate competition on the market?
    • Prerequisites for this challange

      At the current state of the EV industry development, the intervention of public authorities into the industry’s growth is desired by all EV stakeholders. Different means of intervention have different impacts, therefore in this challenge we are looking towards types of legislative actions that would focus on the strenghts of the EV and not on their weakness (e.g. providing a direct advantage only for EVs). An example of such legislative action that focuses on the strenght of EV is the EC Noise Directive and its impact on the evening and night distribution - it embraces the strengths of electric vehicles, but doesn’t give them a direct advantage over other types of vehicles. It is because the criterion is objective: only vehicles with noise level below a specific number of dB are allowed to transport goods during night time in urban areas.

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  • Challenge 3: Combining alternative fuels

    Suggestions on how to best utilise the benefits of electric propulsion, when combining the modes in the door to door transport chain?
    • Prerequisites for this challange

      According to the EC Communication on Clean Power for Transport: A European alternative fuels strategy - "A consistent long-term strategy on alternative fuels has to meet the energy needs of all transport modes and be consistent with the EU 2020 strategy, including decarbonisation. However, the alternatives available and their cost differ between modes. The benefits of alternative fuels are initially larger in urban areas where pollutant emissions are of great concern and in freight transport where alternatives have reached a sufficient level of maturity. For certain modes of transport, in particular long-distance road freight and aviation, limited alternatives are available. There is no single fuel solution for the future of mobility and all main alternative fuel options must be pursued, with a focus on the needs of each transport mode. A strategic approach for the Union to meet the long-term needs of all transport modes must therefore build on a comprehensive mix of alternative fuels. For this challange we are looking for suggestions on how to best utilise the benefits of electric propulsion, when combining the modes in the door to door transport chain. E.g. is it feasible to use electric vans and trucks for more than urban transportation?

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  • Challenge 4: The future of battery swapping

    Will there be a need for the battery swapping technology, or is the technology already overtaken by the fast charging technology?
    • Prerequisites for this challenge

      With Better Places Bankruptcy in May 2013, numerous Battery Swap Stations, including 18 in Denmark are left un-used. The Battery Swap Stations are all (technological ready) to be put in use again, but the question is - Will there be a need for the battery swapping technology, or is the technology already overtaken by the fast charging technology?

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