Electric vehicles for urban roads

Bertrandt Cologne – a reliable project partner

The “colognE-mobil – electric mobility solutions for North Rhine-Westphalia” project is based on the vision of Cologne as an e-city. It involves all the main local transport companies and public transport networks and aims to launch a pilot electric transport scheme. The central focus of the project is a comparison between battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Its goals include using locally produced regenerative energy to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions on transport routes within urban areas and improving the charging infrastructure.


Project management experience needed

Since August 2012, Bertrandt has been responsible for the project management of the colognE-mobil project. This includes planning and coordinating the four different steering and decision-making committees and organising a range of public project events in North Rhine-Westphalia. The project partners are Ford-Werke GmbH, RheinEnergie AG, the City of Cologne, Duisburg-Essen University, Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe (the Cologne public transport company), Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (the Cologne regional transport company), Cologne/Bonn airport, TÜV Rheinland (the international certification company), Taxiruf Köln e.G. (Cologne taxi company), DB Rent GmbH (vehicle rental company), the regional photovoltaic firm Energiebau Solarstromsysteme GmbH and TRC Transportation Research & Consulting GmbH. Bertrandt acts as the central point of contact for all the project partners and provides Ford with active project management support across the whole project.

Commercial services throughout the value chain

In addition, Bertrandt is also responsible for managing the project budget and finances. The project receives 7.5 million euros of funding from the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS). Bertrandt not only manages the internal customer processes, but is also in constant contact with the funding body. Bertrandt Cologne’s project responsibilities cover the entire value chain, including the project application, drawing up and awarding contracts, coordinating the funding calls and the customer’s internal accounting, procurement and logistics processes.


Recording and analysing data

Bertrandt also manages another important aspect of the project: recording the data. Each of the 66 project vehicles (Transit BEV, Transit Connect BEV, Focus BEV, C-MAX PHEV and Mondeo PHEV) is equipped with a high-performance data capture system that records all the technical vehicle data. The first step in the process was to define the parameters used for capturing the data, in order to meet the requirements of the planned analysis framework. GPS data is also recorded and transmitted to a central server in real-time via the mobile data network, together with the data from the control units. The Bertrandt Cologne team displays this data using a special software package and evaluates it.

The most important figures, alongside the overall consumption of the vehicles, are the consumption of the auxiliary equipment, which has a much greater effect on the overall consumption levels in an electric vehicle than it does in a conventional car with a combustion engine. More than 150 parameters are recorded every second. The data recording process forms the basis for several other research activities that are part of the overall project. These include assessing the different usage profiles (commercial, taxi, car sharing etc.) and comparing them with the technical aspects, such as energy consumption and range. Using this information, a requirements profile can be drawn up and the suitability of the vehicles for everyday use can be evaluated.