How Does EVB Enhance EV Mobility at Valencia Airport, a Top 10 Spain Airport?

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With growing global concerns about climate change, the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in Spain is swiftly increasing. Airports, as vital transportation hubs, are actively adapting to these transportation trends by exploring innovative business models. In light of this, Valencia Airport in Spain has partnered with EVB to establish a charging station equipped with both AC EV chargers and DC EV chargers, drawing significant attention. This initiative includes the installation of 4 DC fast EV chargers and 80 AC EV chargers, offering convenient charging solutions for travelers at the airport. The successful execution of this project has revitalized the airport’s operations and marked a significant stride in advancing electric mobility in Spain.

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What are the details of the project?

Location: Valencia, Spain. Positioned in this picturesque city, Valencia Airport benefits from a unique geographical setting and excellent transportation accessibility.

Products: The airport has incorporated 4 DC chargers, specifically the EVB BADC82-D model, alongside 80 AC chargers, denoted as the EVB BCPC-D2N-P model. This comprehensive array of chargers offers users a diverse range of charging options, catering to both rapid energy replenishment and long-term parking charging requirements.

Outcomes: The installation, testing, and operation of the charging station progressed seamlessly, with chargers strategically placed across various sections of the airport parking lot, ensuring convenient access for users. This not only elevates the airport’s service standards but also fosters a positive impact on environmentally conscious travel.

What is known about Valencia Airport?

Situated in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia, Valencia Airport spans approximately 8 kilometers from the city center, covering an area of 9328 square meters. It stands as one of the major international airports in the nation, serving as a crucial aviation nexus with substantial traffic and logistical operations. According to recent data from Aena, in 2023, Valencia Airport witnessed around 9.95 million passenger movements, 82,000 aircraft operations, and a cargo throughput of 13.65 million tons, positioning it among Spain’s top ten busiest airports. The considerable passenger traffic underscores an increasing need for parking and charging amenities, particularly in light of the rising popularity of electric vehicles, charting a significant developmental trajectory for the airport. In response to the expanding EV user base, airport management has opted to enhance charging facilities to elevate service standards and address user requirements.

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What prompts the need for charging?

As electric vehicles gain popularity, an increasing number of individuals are opting for them for daily commuting or travel purposes. Whether driven by convenience, cost efficiency, or adaptability, customers have varied motives for opting to park at the airport and charge their electric vehicles. Depending on the duration of parking, airport parking generally falls into distinct categories:

Long-term parking: Typically selected by travelers embarking on business trips or vacations, necessitating extended parking durations at the airport, spanning from 1 to 3 days, or even up to half a month to a month.

Short-term parking: Commonly chosen by passengers for dropping off or picking up friends or family members traveling by air, or for airport visitors, with parking durations typically lasting around 1 to 2 hours.

Other durations: Airport personnel also require parking accommodations, usually during their working hours.

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What solutions do EVB offer and how do they meet user needs?

In addressing the requirements of the Valencia Airport project, the EVB team engaged in extensive discussions with airport authorities. Ultimately, customized and diverse EV charging solutions were tailored to specific needs and site conditions, catering to various types of parking user groups:

For Long-term Parking:

Requirements: Users requiring extended parking durations, spanning from several days to even half a month, prioritize remote control and management over charging speed. Additionally, considering the airport parking lot’s commercial nature, space utilization and investment costs are critical factors. 

Solutions: The EVB BCPC-D2N-P charger, equipped with dual sockets and two charging guns, facilitates the simultaneous charging of two vehicles, optimizing space utilization and reducing construction costs. Each charging gun delivers a charging power of 7.4 kW, adequately meeting the needs of long-term parking users. Furthermore, its compatibility with the OCPP1.6J protocol enables users to remotely control the charger via a mobile app, allowing them to monitor the charging status and manage the charger’s operation from anywhere. Notably, these chargers feature a range of protective functions, enhancing charging safety and providing users with peace of mind even when away from home.

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Short-term parking:

Requirements: Users who park at the airport for only 1 to 2 hours prioritize rapid power replenishment. For the airport, maximizing limited space and resources to accommodate more users, along with convenient maintenance, is crucial.

Solutions: The EVB BADC82-D floor-mounted DC fast charger boasts an impressive charging power of 82 kW, capable of swiftly replenishing 444 kW of mileage within one hour. Equipped with three charging guns, it enables simultaneous charging for three vehicles, eliminating wait times and maximizing resource utilization. Featuring intelligent charging technology, the charger automatically recognizes various vehicle models and their specific power requirements. With outstanding heat dissipation performance and multiple protection functions, it ensures the safety and reliability of the charging process, enhancing user satisfaction. Moreover, the modular structure of the EVB BADC82-D facilitates convenient installation and maintenance, ultimately reducing the airport’s maintenance costs. Supporting payment methods such as PayPal and offline transactions, it offers users a convenient, secure, and flexible payment experience.

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Other durations:

Requirements: Vary depending on specific circumstances.

Solutions: For airport staff, the choice between AC chargers for slow power replenishment and DC chargers for rapid power replenishment depends on their individual needs and the range of their vehicles. They can opt for AC chargers if the range is sufficient, while choosing DC chargers if rapid replenishment is required, ensuring flexibility based on their actual requirements.

What accomplishments have been achieved?

The execution of this initiative has facilitated convenient charging amenities for electric vehicle users at Valencia Airport, effectively mitigating the strain of insufficient charging infrastructure and fostering environmentally friendly travel.

Enhanced service provision: The integration of 84 EVB EV chargers has augmented the airport’s service capacity by 172 charging points, notably enhancing service quality and bolstering the airport’s competitive edge.

Addressing diverse demands: These EV chargers offer a variety of charging power and modes, catering to the varied requirements of users and enriching their overall experience.

Pioneering a novel approach: The airport has transitioned from conventional parking management to an innovative business model. The incorporation of charging stations has not only boosted the utilization rate of airport parking spaces but has also expanded revenue streams, generating income not only from parking fees but also from charging tariffs.

Championing eco-friendly travel: The proliferation of charging stations encourages more passengers to opt for electric vehicles, thereby curbing carbon emissions and championing environmental preservation.

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Following the deployment of the charging station at Valencia Airport, frequent travelers by plane expressed their satisfaction, stating, “My home is distant from the airport, and I used to experience range anxiety while driving here. Now, with the installation of charging stations at the airport, I confidently drive here every time, knowing that my car will be fully charged upon my return from business trips. Additionally, I can conveniently utilize the fast chargers to recharge my car when dropping off family members at the airport.”

This project stands as a remarkable success, fulfilling user requirements, fostering sustainable development, enhancing company reputation, and, most importantly, offering valuable insights and experiences for future similar endeavors in EV charger projects. As the electric vehicle industry progresses, EVB remains committed to collaborating with more enterprises, continually introducing top-tier products and services, and ensuring users worldwide benefit from increasingly convenient and efficient charging experiences.

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