ZEM - Zero Emission Mobility

ZEM emerged from the work in the Automotive Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum in 2008/9 that became a commercial entity, ZEM AS, in August 2009.founded by Jan-Olaf Willums and Salman Farmanfarmaian

Its core is a scientific, deep understanding of EV batteries and their degradation over use and time, and the resulting commercial use in various first- and second-life applications.

ZEM History


The ZEM ALLIANCE, a research initiative, was launched in connection with COP 15, the Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

The initial members of the ZEM ALLIANCE were Vorarlberger Kraftwerke (with Vlotte, the largest regional EV demonstration program in Europe ), E.ON, Germany's largest electric utility, and DnV Research of Norway. Later several battery companies and an OEM joined the Alliance.

ZEM has conducted several research projects with members of the Alliance, and is a member of the Sustainable Transportation Ecosystems Taskforce of the World Economic Forum.



As the ZEM initiative emerged from the work in the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council for the Future of Transport, the focus has been on work to overcome barriers and create business solutions for the electric vehicles

ZEM provide analysis and simulations of battery behavior over time, and forecast of battery life as a function of where and how the vehicles are driven. This is done among others for the fleet of electric Ford transit Connect vehicles acquired by the Norwegian Postal Services.

Together with its partner EurotaxGLASS, the leading evaluator of residual value of vehicles in Europe, ZEM can estimate the expected value of the battery and this the RV of the vehicle.

Combined with a dedicated hardware and software product, developed together with SYCADA in Holland, ZEM provides complete individualized tracking and advisory systems for fleets and individual drivers


The Zero Emission Microgrid Energy Initiative (ZEM ENERGY) is a private sector effort to provide rural elctrification by combining Solar PV, Microgrids and advanced Electric Vehicle batteries.

New battery technology developed for the EV, - the Lithium Ion batteries now being produced in growing quantities for automotive use, will make better and long- lasting batteries available also for solar and wind energy storage, at the same time, the prices for photovoltaic solar panels have been falling dramatically, making the combination or large PV panel arrays with high quality EV batteries and Microgrids very cost effective and opening a unique opportunity to revolutionize the rural sustainable energy access.


The Zero Emission Marine (ZEM MARINE) Program was initiated aver preliminary work with Det norske Veritas (DNV) in 2011, exploring how the modelling and battery analysis can be used for the marine sector

The CO2 and NOx emissions from the shipping industry is a growing challenge that new regulations is addressing, and battery technology will play a major role in reducing the emissions. The experience of modelling EV batteries are directly applicable to the marine sector, and ZEM has therefore defined a plan for how the cor competence of ZEM - battery analysis and modelling of degradation, can directly be sued for building the right systems for the maritime sector.

ZEM MARINE's objective is to be the most competent systems integrator of large battery systems for the maritime sector.

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