Mobility Exploration Challenge - EDF PULSE


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Let's explore the future of Electric Mobility.


Our habits are changing and so are the methods of transport that we use.

New methods of mobility are emerging in our cities and our countryside, driven by the need to protect the environment and by new trends. EDF - leader in low-carbon electricity - through its exploration initiative EDF Pulse Explorer, is calling on you to support this revolution by coming up with solutions to tackle the issues surrounding charging these new electric vehicles

Innovation comes from everywhere! Choose one of the four topics to submit your best idea!




MICRO-MOBILITY - Electric micro-mobility solutions (electric hoverboards, scooters, bikes, etc.) are experiencing rapid expansion in towns and cities. This boom is resulting in new issues both for cities and for users: these vehicles aren’t currently covered by legislation, they are often parked almost at random, causing an obstruction, new precarious roles are emerging to help charge these vehicles, and more. Propose sustainable micro-mobility charging solutions that are socially acceptable, economically viable, and environmentally friendly. 

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of things you could consider:  

  • Create new charging methods to address growing demand.
  • What new partnerships could be created with retailers, railway stations, etc. to expand charging availability?
  • What synergies could be developed to create new business models and a new offering in accordance with legislation?

LOCATION OF CHARGING STATIONS - In response to the development of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure is being rolled out – but it’s expensive and it can be difficult to make it profitable. To achieve optimum profitability, this infrastructure must be located in places where there is significant user need for charging. How can you identify, locate and anticipate electric vehicle users’ charging needs? 

This challenge topic is focused on electric cars, commercial vehicles and lorries.Here’s a non-exhaustive list of things you could consider:  

  • Using and cross-referencing available open-source data.
  • Identifying new data to collect and the associated collection methods.
  • Creating new ways of cross-referencing data from a range of sources to identify the optimum locations.

USER EXPERIENCE - One of the biggest issues for users of electric vehicles is ‘range anxiety’ (the fear that a vehicle won’t have enough battery life to reach its destination). To overcome this problem, users put limitations on their journeys (having to take routes that feature a charging station, waiting time while charging, searching for a parking place with a charging terminal, etc.). How can you meet electric vehicle users’ charging needs without putting limitations on their journeys? 

This challenge topic is focused on any and all electric vehicles, from scooters to lorries.Here’s a non-exhaustive list of things you could consider:

  • Reorganize charging time to make it more enjoyable.
  • Come up with a way of distributing the charging process over the entire journey time.
  • Bring the charging station to the vehicle (using robots, for example). 

SOCIAL NETWORK - The development of electric mobility brings about new social interactions between users at charging stations, which in turn result in their own problems: rude and inconsiderate behaviour, waiting times, fully-charged vehicles occupying a charging terminal, etc. The first initiatives designed to create communities of users are being developed. How can you create and share best practices and rules of good conduct for interactions between drivers of electric vehicles by uniting them into a community? 

This challenge topic is focused on any and all electric vehicles, from scooters to lorries.Here’s a non-exhaustive list of things you could consider:  

  • How can you reduce rude and inconsiderate behaviour between drivers of electric vehicles?
  • How can you create a welcoming community and encourage interactions via charging stations?
  • Take inspiration from examples of other communities created around the world

About EDF

EDF group is the world’s leading electricity company and global leader for low-carbon energy production. Particularly well established in Europe, especially France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Belgium, as well as North and South America, the Group covers all businesses spanning the electricity value chain – from generation to distribution and including energy transmission and trading activities – to continuously balance supply and demand.

EDF offers products and advice to help residential customers manage their electricity consumption, to support the energy and financial performance of its business customers, and to help local authorities find sustainable solutions.

EDF Group is invested in Open Innovation and partners with startups since 2009, dedicating its unique resources in 8 countries through the EDF Pulse network.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

This Challenge is open and offered solely to:

  • Student. Any individual aged eighteen (18) years and/or with full legal capacity, who (i) is currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution or (ii) has recently graduated from a post-secondary institution less than 2 years before the current scholar year, with a student card to prove it. Each Student may only participate once in each Challenge. If the participant is a minor, you must provide this authorization signed by a parent or guardian in the name of the minor.


Deadline: August 30, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

A range of prizes to be won

  • FOR ALL WINNERS - Follow the adventure - develop your project at EDF-Each team member will have the opportunity to be involved in the development of their idea at EDF.

  • FIRST - For each team member: Electric bicycle - each team member will win an electric bike worth €700 or the equivalent in gift certificates.

  • SECOND - For each team member: Electric scooter - Each team member will win an electric scooter worth €500 or the equivalent in gift certificates. 

  • THIRD - For each team member: Hoverboard - Each team member will win a hoverboard worth €200 or the equivalent in gift certificates.

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