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IBM, ZSE to develop green highway for EVs

ABR Staff Writer Published 09 April 2012

IBM Zapadoslovenska energetika (ZSE), a distributor and supplier of electricity in Slovakia, have entered into partnership on a smart energy 'feasibility' study that will help prepare the capital city Bratislava for electric vehicles (EVs).

The company said that by using e-mobility technology, the study is expected to help connect two metropolitan areas - Bratislava, Slovakia and Vienna, Austria with a 'green' highway, which will interconnect the cities with a network of public EV charging stations.

ZSE said that the aim of the feasibility study, which is part of a larger pilot project - VIBRATe' (VIenna BRATislava E-mobility), is to identify new opportunities around e-mobility in Bratislava and increase the market potential, in an effort to reduce emissions.

IBM general manager of global energy and utilities industry Guido Bartels said rising fuel prices and energy consumption are two major issues facing many cities around the world, these factors coupled with aging roads and infrastructures, can affect city planning, local economy, and overall community satisfaction.

"This mobility project has the potential to introduce a modern, convenient and more intelligent way for consumers to commute, which in turn may encourage more to make the shift to an electric vehicle, while reducing stress on the energy grid," Bartels said.abr