Many cities are already struggling to cope with the threat of congestion and high levels of pollution. Factors contributing to this include increasing urbanisation and socio-demographic change. For the growing proportion of older people in the population is accompanied by a greater demand for mobility.
New concepts are needed to achieve the EU's ambitious climate targets, to cover the energy demand and to maintain the quality of life in cities. In the transport sector, there are several levers to be tightened: these include intelligent traffic management, the networking of transport modes and an accelerated expansion of the charging infrastructure. This is not only about charging options for electric cars - an expanded charging infrastructure is also required for trucks, ships, public transport and battery hybrid drives.
In the last two years, the effects of the pandemic, short-time work and supply shortages have clearly affected the global e-car market. Nevertheless, the long-term signs of this future segment are pointing to growth. The number of new registrations in Germany in 2021 was 83 percent higher than in the previous year, at 355,961 new electric vehicles.
There was also a new record in the stock of electric cars globally: with 10.9 million vehicles in 2020, the number was around 3 million cars higher than in 2019. (Source: Statista.de)
Development of the charging infrastructure for electrically powered vehicles
The increasing demand for electric vehicles entails both the provision of suitable charging points and the availability of intelligent charging management systems. Optimally, the latter is integrated into an intelligent power grid ("smart grid") that provides regenerative energy independently of time and economically. This avoids overloading the infrastructure. In addition, the combination of electrically powered vehicles with regeneratively generated electricity ensures less CO2 and is thus another important building block on the way to the energy transition.
The federal government is promoting the expansion of the required charging stations. However, there is still a long way to go to reach the target: one million fast and standard charging points are to be created by 2030. In August 2021, the number of publicly accessible charging points in Germany was around 46,200.
Due to the high duration of stay, charging processes at home or at the workplace lend themselves to electric vehicles. This is why the expansion of charging points at previously undeveloped locations such as apartment buildings or company premises is particularly attractive. The key here is individual approaches to solutions.
Exhibitors at Light + Building Autumn Edition from 2 to 6 October 2022 in Frankfurt am Main will present how advanced e-charging infrastructure can be optimally integrated into the building, what applications need to be considered and what is important in intelligent building automation concepts.
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