The CIRVE project aims to facilitate the use of electric vehicles throughout Europe
The future of this planet, and the people who inhabit it, depend on our actions today
In this sense, Directive 2014/94/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of October 22, 2014, defined a common framework of measures for the deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the European Union in order to minimize dependence on oil. These measures include the creation of standardized charging point networks with non-discriminatory access for electric vehicles (EVs), as the current lack of interoperability of the charging infrastructure is the main barrier to the development of the EV market.
The CIRVE project, which is being developed in Spain, (whose acronym stands for Iberian Corridors of Fast Recharging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles), is based on the overall objective of fostering the use of EVs across Europe, ensuring their accessibility to and from the Iberian Peninsula through a fully interoperable cross-border framework.
In Portugal, CIRVE_EN plans to implement 18 fast charging infrastructures on the central road network and along the Central Atlantic Network corridor, in order to insert the Mobi.E network into the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Thus, the stations will be located on and near the A1, A6, A12 and A25.
This action is articulated with the sister project, which will deploy 40 charging points in Spain along the Atlantic and Mediterranean Corridor. The location of the stations will allow the connection Lisbon-Madrid-Irun-France and Oporto-Valladolid-San Sebastian-France.
The project is coordinated by MOBI.E, with CEiiA – Center for Engineering and Development – and Galp as Portuguese partners.
In a coherent and collaborative approach, the aim is to overcome the fragmentation of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles caused by the lack of charging points in the main connection corridors between Portugal and Spain, and both with France.
Another goal of the project is to ensure interoperability at a national, cross-border and European Union level, eliminating barriers to access to fast charging points, i.e. to make the network universal, as is already the case throughout the country.
It is also planned, within the scope of this project, to establish a comprehensive knowledge base for widespread and significant use of electric vehicles, contributing to the sustainable growth of the infrastructure and attractiveness of electric mobile services for operators and service providers.