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.
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.
Dr. Frank Pawlitschek, LL.M. | MD | Co-Founder
Frank gained experience as a software developer in Germany and in Silicon Valley as a student before he began his legal education in Germany, New Zealand and the United States. After finishing his legal studies with distinction, he completed his doctoral thesis in law and became an attorney in leading international and domestic law firms. For many years he advised large and mid-sized international clients in the field of high-tech, corporate and regulatory law. Since 2011, Frank is also advisor to Forum Elektromobilitaet, a German E-Mobility network platform. He’s in addition member of the Executive Committee of the Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network and Member of Germany’s National Platform for Electric Mobility which has been created by the German government.
Knut Hechtfischer | attorney at law | Co-Founder
Knut co-founded ubitricity in 2008 with the idea of enabling a smart and sustainable charging of electric vehicles (EVs) everywhere EV-users go. Being passionate about renewables and the commercial implementation of distributed storage solutions, Knut helped to create a more sustainable and intelligent energy world by integrating the mobile metering ecosystem in the energy market over the past nine years.