Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Hitachi and Mitsubishi Corporation Launch Smart
Community System Demonstration Project in Malaga, Spain
Target on Promoting Creation of Next-generation Transportation Infrastructures
Tokyo, Apr 26, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI:
TSE/7011), Hitachi, Ltd. (Hitachi: TSE/6501) and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC:
TSE/8058) today announced that three companies launched operation of a
demonstration system encompassing 200 electric vehicles (EV), 9 high-speed EV
charging stations and an EV management center, as part of the Smart Community
System Demonstration Project in Malaga, Spain in which the three companies are
participating under consignment by the New Energy and Industrial Technology
Development Organization (NEDO). The demonstration project, which will be
conducted through March 2016, targets the establishment of a next-generation
transportation infrastructure that is expected to enable significant reductions
in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. MHI, Hitachi and MC will contribute to the
project through provision of Japan's advanced technologies in
transportation and power systems.
In celebration of the launch of the demonstration system, a ceremony was held
in Malaga on April 25. Attendees included Crown Prince Felipe representing the
Spanish Royal Family, Malaga Mayor Francisco de la Torre Prados, NEDO Chairman
Kazuo Furukawa, and representatives of MHI, Hitachi, MC and the other companies
and organizations participating in the project.
The demonstration project has two overriding aims: to create an EV
infrastructure incorporating high-speed EV chargers, an EV management center
and other facilities necessary for promoting the adoption of EVs; and to
demonstrate the viability of their operation as a new business. Also to be
demonstrated are a power management system indispensable to achieving stable
power supplies to EVs, an information and communication technology (ITC)
platform enabling the EV infrastructure to be linked with the power grid, and a
new comprehensive service system based on data collected at the EV management
The demonstration project involves the introduction of about 200 EVs in total,
mainly composed of i-MiEV EVs made by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC).
High-speed EV charging stations to supply power to the EVs have been set up at
9 locations (23 chargers) in and around Malaga variously equipped with 3
standard CHAdeMO chargers (supplied by MHI), 4 storage battery type chargers
effective for coping with unstable power supplies (MHI), and 4 chargers capable
of charging up to 4 EVs simultaneously (Hitachi). The total system will be
operated and managed by the newly completed EV management center. Project
participants – EV users – have been recruited from interested drivers who will
be using their vehicle in diverse ways, and a system has been completed for
collecting useful data.
For the participants' enhanced convenience and optimized guidance to
charging stations, drivers will be provided with optimal navigation services
based on information relating to congestion at the charging stations and
transportation information (probe data) from in-vehicle units. Using their
smartphones drivers will also be able to access detailed information concerning
distance to their nearest charging station, electricity usage volume, etc.
Through these services the project operators will seek to alleviate impact on
the power grid stemming from the use of the high-speed charging facilities. IC
cards will be used to manage the participants in terms of confirming their
qualification to use the charging stations, etc. Application of the ICT
platform will enable collection of data from the charging stations, in-vehicle
units and smartphones, for centralized management of participants'
information and utilization status. Through these various initiatives the
demonstration will be targeted at promoting the adoption of EVs and the
establishment of EV infrastructures, toward creating next-generation
As a core partner in the demonstration project, MHI will leverage its abundant
track record in intelligent transport systems (ITS) and supply the EV
management center, EVs, in-vehicle units and high-speed charging stations. The
company will also be in charge of verifying the EV infrastructure and the power
management system responsive to fluctuations in supplies of renewable energies.
Hitachi, which has rich experience in information and communication systems and
power management systems, will provide the ITC platform as well as demand-side
management linked to the high-speed charging stations and power management
system. MC will study the feasibility of expanding projects of this kind to
Through their involvement in the demonstration project, MHI, Hitachi and MC
will create a new business model leveraging their superior energy-saving and
low-carbon technologies, and promote their smart city business model as a
global standard. In collaboration with their respective partner companies, they
will also accelerate expansion of smart city projects globally.
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one
of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated
sales of 2,820.9 billion yen in fiscal 2011, the year ended March 31, 2012.
MHI's diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding,
power plants, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures,
industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning
systems. For more information, please visit the MHI website at www.mhi.co.jp.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
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