The situation. A growing global population, sprawling cities, scarce resources: current developments clearly require rethinking our lifestyle – also in terms of mobility. Tomorrow’s transport solutions need to become emission-free and liberated from fossil fuels. Here, electronic vehicles powered by renewables could play a decisive role.
Yet the establishment of charging infrastructure for EVs confronts cities and communities as well as energy suppliers, property managers and fleet operators with huge challenges. Existing systems are not designed for comprehensive coverage with everyday charging solutions, powered by zero-carbon green electricity – or they are simply too expensive.
So, what is required? A comprehensive, economic charging infrastructure that comes with the following features: a wealth of charging spots wherever users park their cars for extended periods of time. This allows even those with smaller-capacity batteries to complete most of their trips with renewables. At the same time, during their average idle time of 22 hours/day, vehicles can become intelligent extensions of the power grid. This is a key aspect for smart grid functionality and the further proliferation of renewable energy.
Access to clean electricity, everywhere
– supplied by a driver’s provider of choice or generated by their own installation. Few would doubt that the future is all about clean, green energy. For maximum sustainability, however, electric vehicles need to be able to source such green power wherever they go, without exception. And users should be free to pick their preferred supplier. Ideally, they might even charge electricity generated by their own set-up – even when they are far from home.
The convincing solution
Over the past few years, ubitricity has developed the matching tech “made in Germany“ and brought it to maturity – supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology. Thanks to the integration of smart mobile metering inside the car or charging cable, charge spots are reduced to special – and economic – sockets suitable for almost universal installation, e. g. on walls or inside public lamp posts. At the same time, modern IT and telecommunications as well as the virtualisation of networks ensure that users can take their own electricity – beyond the confines of distribution networks or control areas – right to the charging spot, e. g. they can charge power generated by the solar panels installed on their roof.