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With the aim of becoming a more sustainable city, Barcelona is promoting the transformation to e-mobility. Electric vehicles (EV) will soon be ubiquitous, leading to higher demand for recharging points in public car parks. With current technology, it is neither technically nor economically feasible to fit a charging point in every parking space. It is therefore necessary to lower the cost of recharging points, something which has become a barrier to introducing them and to guaranteeing a quality service for city residents.

The challenge is to create a low-cost charging point for each parking space that is easy to install and cheap to operate and maintain, operated using a customer application that communicates with a back-office system.

A more economical charging point solution would have many benefits for both BSM and the company that ultimately takes on this challenge.

The challenge is part of the effort to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More specifically, the solution to be developed will help to achieve the following goals:

  • 3. Health and well-being
  • 7. Affordable clean energy
  • 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • 12. Responsible consumption and production.


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This electromobility challenge is to develop a new concept for a recharging point for electric vehicles, offering low costs and easy maintenance. The Catalan spin-off TeknoCEA, from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC – Barcelona TECH), will be tasked with producing five prototypes with a unit cost below 250 euros. This challenge has a budget of around 70,000 euros and will be trialled with real Endolla Barcelona users during the first six months of 2024, at the BSM car park Plaça Navas – Paral·lel.

  • There are going to be 250,000 electric vehicles in Spain by 2024, according to the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition, with some 11,000 EVs expected in Barcelona, not counting motorcycles and mopeds. Barcelona City Council's short-term forecasts suggest that 80% of the municipal fleet, 8% of public transport and 8% of taxis (an estimated 800) will be electric vehicles by 2024. The impetus for all this come from the MOVES III calls for grant applications funded by the Next Generation European Funds, the low emissions zone and the social and tax benefits being promoted at both State and municipal levels.

    In February 2022, the mobile fleet of electric cars / vans and plug-in hybrid cars stood at over 3,300 and 2,000 respectively in the city of Barcelona and at over 12,100 and 9,300 respectively throughout the province of Barcelona. In addition, there are also 14,000 mopeds and motorcycles and mopeds in the city. The current percentage of plug-in EVs in the municipality of Barcelona stands at 2.2% of all the vehicles in the city and continues to grow.

    The network of municipal public car parks managed by BSM is essential in a city where most of its residents do no have places for installing charging points for their vehicles’ planned charging. What is more, the city is in the process of transforming its urban-mobility model, giving priority on public highways to pedestrians and shared mobility and, for the purposes of freeing up space, private-vehicle street parking zones area being steadily moved to urban underground areas.

    The Endolla network currently has 667 public charging points (346 for cars, 321 for motorbikes). Most are located in underground car parks and enable slow, planned charging, more in accordance with the sustainability and efficiency goals of the network as a whole and towards where the urban infrastructure will be expanding over the coming years. Endolla also has fast-charging points on streets (currently 44), which provide the network with security and robustness, enabling occasional and brief charging when so required by users.

  • The purpose of the contract is to implement an innovative pilot solution (involving developing, testing and implementing) that meets the challenge of providing a charging point for each parking space for no more than €200 (excluding VAT).

    The charging system (not necessarily the points themselves) must be able, as a minimum, to:

    • Allow a single-phase charging rate of 7.2kW with the possibility of limiting the power based on the applicable legislation in force.
    • Have a Mennekes (type 2) connector
    • Have a strong housing to protect it against vandalism.
    • Be compatible with BSM's charging point management system.
    • Be compatible with the SMOU software (the personal mobility application for Barcelona whose features include, among others, the ability to charge an electric vehicle in Barcelona’s public car park network).
    • Have a communication module for connecting to the charging point management system.
    • Ensure simple installation and maintenance, with a warranty for at least 5 years of optimal operation and maintenance.
    • Comply with the current electric vehicle charging legislation applicable to both the charging points themselves and the car parks managed by BSM.
    • The charging point solution that is eventually proposed must not interfere with the space provided for parking vehicles.

    Meeting the following requirements will be seen as a positive factor in charging solutions:

    • Bidding for a lower price than the one stated in the purpose of the document while still providing the minimum features required.
    • Bidding for a price that is no higher than the one stated in the purpose of the document while still providing additional features to the minimum ones required.
    • Being easily scalable to the other parking spaces of the city’s public car parks, as well as to other cities.
    • Being designed to be easy to use for users with reduced mobility.
  • The challenge is to create a low-cost charging point for each parking space that is easy to install and cheap to operate and maintain, operated using a customer application that communicates with a back-office system.

    A more economical charging point solution would have many benefits for both BSM and the company that ultimately takes on this challenge.

    For BSM, it entails:

    • The ability to carry out the mass deployment of charging points in car parks, in order to foster and speed up the transition to more sustainable electric mobility.
    • Having real-world experience of large innovative recharging hubs that can become a benchmark for infrastructure deployment.
    • Having a real-world solution that makes it possible to study the technical feasibility of applying innovative recharging equipment to non-domestic environments.
    • Having an economic deployment, operation and maintenance model that is viable both for BSM and for users of the recharging service.
    • The ability to provide parking and recharging services to other stakeholders, such as vehicle fleets.

    For the successful bidder, it entails:

    • Having a technical solution that has been validated and tested in the real world in the car parks managed by BSM.
    • Having a benchmark experience in the field of affordable e-vehicle recharging points in car park environments.
    • Obtaining greater visibility and better market positioning, by having a tested innovative solution that can be implemented in car parks in a leading city for the sector, such as Barcelona.
    • Having a solution that could be submitted to other possible BSM tenders.
    • Having a solution that meets a global challenge that is of interest to both public administrations and private companies, at both national and international levels.
  • BSM – Car parks


    The BSM municipal car park network, which has over 40 public car parks and 15,000 parking spaces all over the city, has become established as an affordable and effective solution, making parking available to the city’s residents and service users. This network provides a wide range of parking solutions and products, as well as high-quality management (ISO 9001 certified).

    Endolla BSM

    Endolla manages the public e-vehicle recharging infrastructure in Barcelona city. In order to make the charging network robust and ensure it provides coverage, Endolla has charging points for electric motorbikes with Schuko connectors and fast charging points for electric vans and cars using CHAdeMO, CCS and Mennekes connectors on city streets, as well as slow charging points for electric cars and motorbikes using Schuko and Mennekes connectors in BSM underground car parks.

    In order to use the recharging service, users interact with charging points and pay through the SMOU application, which provides many urban mobility services in the City of Barcelona.

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