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 ambitious climate targets, to cover the demand for energy and to maintain the quality of life in our cities. In addition to intelligent traffic management and the interconnection of different modes of transport, the key to this is a rapid expansion of electric mobility.
Although the short-term effects of Covid-19 have clearly had a negative impact on the global market for electric vehicles, the long-term signs for this future-oriented segment point to growth with a total of 7.9 million electric-powered vehicles having been registered around the world in 2019 (Statista).
Originally forecast for around 11 million in 2020, annual sales of new electric vehicles worldwide are now expected to increase more than five-fold to around 55.7 million a year by 2027, according to analyses by PwC and Strategy&. In this case, every second new vehicle will be electric powered in just seven years.
The growing demand for electric vehicles calls not only for the provision of suitable charging points but also for intelligent charging management. Ideally, they will be integrated into a smart grid that provides regenerative energy economically whenever required at the same time as preventing infrastructure overload.
In most cases, e-vehicles will be charged at home or work due to the long time they usually spend parked there. Accordingly, an increase in the number of charging points at locations where they have been particularly rare so far, e.g., apartment buildings or company carparks, is a particularly attractive proposition. The key to this is individual solutions and exhibitors of Light + Building in Frankfurt am Main from 8 to 13 March will spotlight ways in which advanced electric charging facilities can be perfectly integrated into buildings, as well as typical applications and the challenges faced in preparing concepts for intelligent building automation.
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