ENGIE to showcase its sustainable mobility solutions
The 95th Motor Show is taking place at Brussels Expo (Heysel) from January 14 to 22. ENGIE will spotlight its solutions for electric and natural gas vehicles at the show: as a leader in the energy transition, the Group is fully committed to sustainable mobility.
An energy company at the Motor Show? ENGIE’s involvement makes a lot more sense if you know about the Group’s dedication to sustainable mobility. After all, using (sustainably generated) electricity or natural gas as a vehicle fuel is much less harmful to our environment.
Besides, sales of environmentally-friendly vehicles are slowly starting to take off. 2016 was a record-breaking year which saw the sale of 3,000 natural gas vehicles (a threefold increase!), 21,000 plug-in hybrids and almost 7,000 electric cars.
Refuelling with natural gas
“As a partner in ENORA, ENGIE Electrabel operates various CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) filling stations in Belgium, with sites in Bruges, Nivelles, Zellik, Ollignies, Mouscron, Tournai and Jemappes. Another two are set to open early this year,” says Ward Bosmans, Sustainable Mobility at ENGIE Electrabel, “and we are always on the lookout for potential new locations near potential customers, namely companies and public authorities who are convinced of the economic and environmental benefits of using natural gas as a vehicle fuel. It goes without saying that all our filling stations are open to private owners of natural gas vehicles too.”
You will find ENGIE at the National Gas Vehicle Association stand in Hall 3 (stand 3.26).
ENGIE is building an Alternative Energy Hub for mobility and transport in the Port of Antwerp. This hub consists of an LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) bunkering station for shipping, an LNG and CNG filling station for road vehicles and a charging station for electric vehicles.
Innovative charging solutions for electric vehicles
We have some interesting innovations in store for the owners of electric cars too: a range of Nexxtender charging solutions for home and business use, with the new Nexxtender Mobile being the cream of the crop.
“Nexxtender Mobile lets you charge your electric car by simply plugging it into an ordinary household socket”, says Ward Bosmans. “You won’t be able to charge any faster with it, but then you may not need to, if you’re charging your vehicle overnight. The major advantage of Nexxtender Mobile is that it records all your charging activities. And since we work with new Sigfox technology, you don’t even need an Internet connection.”
“The Nexxtender Mobile stores details of all your charging activities and sends them to the associated web platform as soon as there’s a connection, enabling you to track and manage all your charging activities on your PC, tablet or smartphone. It also provides you with a handy way to create and print consumption histories and even accounting reports.”
Learn more about ENGIE’s charging solutions at the Volkswagen stand in Hall 11.
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ENGIE devised a smart electric vehicle charging solution for Swift in La Hulpe. ENGIE Cofely fitted 40 charge points at the company’s offices and around 20 at employees’ homes, and on top of that, ENGIE is managing the electricity consumption peaks that arise when the cars are being charged and working to optimise general electricity consumption on the site.
In the Benelux
ENGIE is promoting electric vehicle use beyond Belgium’s borders too. In partnership with EVbox, it secured the Netherlands’ biggest tender contract for installing public charge points for electric vehicles. The contract covers the installation of 4,000 charge points in Rotterdam and The Hague.
Moreover, ENGIE Cofely and a number of partners, including Powerdale, are working to set up 800 charge points in Luxembourg by 2020.
Comprehensive solution for companies
Our start-up eazy.be has teamed up with leasing company ALD to offer companies a comprehensive electric vehicle solution. This innovative package includes electric car leasing, installation of charging stations at employees’ homes and smart charge points at the company car park, charging passes for public charge points, and much more besides.
Smoother traffic flows, less pollution
Of course, sustainable mobility covers much more than just driving. Smoother traffic flows in towns and cities make for lower emissions of gases and thus less pollution. ENGIE Fabricom has a broad array of smart mobility solutions for city and municipal authorities, ranging from variable-message road signs and parking guidance systems to dimmable lighting in tunnels.
The transport sector searches ways to save fuel. Gradius Transport Cooling Group, supplier of global cooled way transport solutions and division of ENGIE Axima, presents its Thermo King SLXi-trailer cooling unit in Hall 3 (3.26). This cooling unit promises a 20% fuel reduction, as well as improved telematics and temperature control.
You may well come across one of these sustainable mobility solutions on your way to the Motor Show!