In many towns and cities, you can’t walk more than a few blocks without seeing an electric car. The automotive industry is constantly launching new models onto the market. Charging infrastructure is being expanded considerably – by municipal authorities, private investors and shopping centers alike. Many stakeholders are now investing in the clean mobility market and many regions have already set up solid charging networks. There are no longer many obstacles standing in the way of the mass deployment of e-mobility.
This is particularly true in Norway, the country with the greatest number of electric vehicles. According to the EU, more than 210,000 have already taken to the country’s roads. Norway also has around 12,000 charging stations and almost half of all new cars sold there are powered using electricity. In the Netherlands, electric vehicles make up a tenth of all new vehicle registrations. With almost 44,000 charging stations for roughly 75,000 electric vehicles, the country boasts the densest supply network in Europe.
But e-mobility only makes sense if the batteries are charged using renewable sources of energy. That’s why in Germany, many people charge their cars at home. Private PV system owners are making a considerable contribution to driving forward the demand for e-mobility in the country. As the first photovoltaic installations begin to lose their eligibility for EEG feed-in tariffs, powering an electric vehicle using electricity produced at home will become an even more obvious choice.
Homeowners are not alone in purchasing electric cars. Many companies are also switching over to electric vehicle fleets and installing their own photovoltaic systems, safe in the knowledge that combining e-mobility with photovoltaics is a worthwhile investment. Solar installations not only help companies to charge their electric cars inexpensively, but also enable them to optimize their load profile and to avoid load peaks, thereby reducing costs. To support companies, the industry offers bidirectional charging stations and intelligent charge management.
You can find out more about innovations and trends in this field at Power2Drive Europe in Munich. From boosters for high-speed charging stations to architecturally appealing carports and scalable charging infrastructure, the exhibition will present the rapidly growing range of solutions for the future of our mobility.