Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, with a population of 1,621,537 within its administrative limits on a land area of 101.4 km2. Barcelona’s metropolitan area has 4.2 Million people across 635.8 km2 and 38.4% of the daily journeys are connection journeys whilst 61.6% are internal journeys.
The validation activities in Barcelona will be lead by ETRA I+D. ETRA has an extensive experience in co-ordinating and managing test sites as part of collaborative research projects. Currently, Barcelona has 198 electric charging points and it is foreseen to extend them to 250 by the end of 2011. Barcelona maintains four different types of Public EV Charging points.
The city of Barcelona has included electric vehicles in its public fleet management: altogether there are more than 180 electric vehicles and 20 plug-in electric vehicles (VECTRIX E-Scooter, PIAGGIO PORTER, FIAT DUCATO and MODEC). These vehicles are used in Traffic Maintenance, rubbish collection, law enforcement, infrastructure and green areas maintenance and street cleaning. Some of these FEV vehicles will be used for the end-to-end validation activity. There will be about 6 FEVs from the city of Barcelona involved in the testing of the nomadic device based application – this amount of vehicles should be sufficient for testing the handling of all traffic constellations of interest within the test duration.
The project will have access to the information on the traffic situation of Barcelona through the city traffic management and control system run by ETRA. Real time traffic information will be available and will allow the system to predict and avoid congestions on the FEV’s predefined routes.
The Barcelona public transport schedules will be entered into the public transport data server set up. The objective is to integrate those re-charging spot locations which facilitate the inter-modal interchange with the public transport.