Recent carbon reduction initiatives in Europe, the world’s largest economic bloc, have raised speculation as to whether this will mark the end of fossil fuel-powered automobiles. Specifically, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal requiring a 30% reduction of average carbon emissions from both passenger cars and vans within the decade starting from 2020. Going further, the U.K. government has announced an even more ambitious plan to ban all diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040, following similar commitments made by several other European countries, although under different time schedules.
all certainty, automakers will have to accelerate the adoption of zero- and
low-emission vehicles. If the internal combustion engine is to be phased out
and the electric engine is to become the alternative, then owners of battery electric
cars or plug-in hybrids will expect public charging stations to be ubiquitous
for them to make the switch, or otherwise it would be inconvenient for them do
In an effort to be ahead of the curve on this trend, Advantech and Microsoft have jointly provided a solution to one of Europe’s charging station projects. Advantech’s rugged and compact fanless computers, which come with Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Services, have been deployed at solar-powered charging stations to provide a convenient platform for public EV charging stations to connect all of their devices to the cloud. The solution is intended to enable remote monitoring, control, and management over the charging points from a central control room.