Opel has presented an Ampera to the Technical Institute of Karlsruhe, the donation of the car marks the first field trial for the new research project intelligent Zero Emission Urban System (or iZEUS).
The iZEUS Ampera includes a navigation system that will allow the car to find the most efficient route to your destination based on road conditions, weather, topography, battery temperature and performance of the air conditioning system.
The iZEUS project hopes to develop a user-friendly integration of electric energy networks and transport in the fields ‘Smart Traffic’ and ‘Smart Grid’. It also aims to produce an electric uniform mode of transport that will be tested and demonstrated using a significant amount of test vehicles.
Head of Development for Powertrain Electrification Christian Kunstmann says that the relation between sustainable energy supply has always been a priority for Opel.
“The connection between mobility and sustainable energy supply has always been of key importance to Opel, so much so that we offer our customers green-energy electricity contracts for the Ampera. The iZEUS project is about bringing this experience to the development of simple and customer-oriented accounting systems for battery charging,” said Kunstmann.
Opel will also be bringing research Meriva electric vehicles into the iZEUS research project, for the purpose of linking traffic and energy systems for intelligent driving. Aside from Opel, the iZEUS project is working alongside EnBW AG, ads-tec GmbH, Daimler AG, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, KIT, PTV Group, SAP AG and TWT GmbH Science and Innovation.