One million electric cars on Germany's roads by 2020 – this is the avowed aim of the National Electric Mobility Platform (NPE), brought into being by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.
By 2020, there are to be one million electric cars on Germany's roads, at least half of them produced in Germany. To achieve this aim, the National Electric Mobility Platform (NPE), brought into being by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, has decided to support four national “Electromobility showcases”
The large-scale demonstration and pilot projects are intended to showcase the most innovative elements of electric mobility at the interface between the energy system, the vehicle and the traffic system on a national and international basis.
With its use of renewable energies, electric mobility is an important element in the individual mobility of the future. Chancellor Merkel's advisory committee from the National Electric Mobility Platform (NPE) – with high-calibre representatives from industry, politics, science, associations and trade unions – aims to pool all the relevant forces and expertise to establish electric mobility as a component of the "mobility of tomorrow".
"The new showcases will make a significant contribution to the boom in electric mobility in Germany. The four selected regions submitted exemplary concepts – and will now be electrified with the aid of the Federal Government."
(Federal Minister for Transport, Peter Ramsauer)
In order to achieve the targeted energy transformation in the area of mobility, four showcase regions throughout Germany will each research and test different aspects of the technology of the future and bring them to life for the general public.
Vision of a new world – Audi in the showcase projects
With the innovative e-tron fleet, intelligent charging concepts and multimedia connection, Audi will play its part in integrating "Vorsprung durch Technik" into NPE showcase projects and therefore into the very midst of society. In the context of the energy transformation, involvement in these projects will be an essential driving force behind the environmentally-friendly energy and mobility concepts of tomorrow.
Invitation to the future
Audi is carrying out research for the benefit of society and is testing the technical challenges and extremely high stresses on electric vehicles. The findings are directly integrated into the development and implementation of future projects and vehicles. As of this year, Audi is involved in six showcase projects.
Due to its geography and topology, as well as its charging station infrastructure and transport network, Stuttgart represents a particular challenge with respect to running an electric vehicle. The project will be implemented in two phases, each with 20 privately used and five commercially used Audi A1 e-tron research vehicles. Measuring technology will be employed to collect and analyse driving and usage data as well as data on charging behaviour at fixed and public charging posts.
In order to further decrease CO2 levels in large cities in the future, Audi and its project partners launched the "E-Plan Munich" showcase project in the Schwabing area of Munich in June 2013. The project investigates, for example, how the potential of electric mobility can be realised for private individuals who do not have their own parking space or private access to the charging infrastructure.
There are currently approximately 15,000 petrol and diesel filling stations in Germany (Source: ADAC, 2011) but only around 2,200 public electricity charging stations (Source: National Electric Mobility Platform). This is one reason why charging is an integral element of route planning when travelling in an electric vehicle. In Ingolstadt, the focus of the research, which began in June 2013, is testing an information system for managing the charging and communication infrastructure in Audi car parks and in the city centre.
In July 2013, in the heterogeneous metropolis of Berlin, Audi began to analyse commuting habits and therefore the use of electric vehicles in an urban environment. This includes setting up a charging infrastructure as well as identifying and solving potential problems with its implementation.
The Nuremberg region in particular, where the surrounding non-urban area is unusually close to the city centre, gives Audi the opportunity to analyse commuting habits – a typical application for electric vehicles. Furthermore, since the end of July 2013, Audi has been investigating the use of vehicles for business purposes and the associated coordination processes in relation to the charge state of the electric vehicles.
Audi has created concepts for CO2-neutral mobility: the cars are charged with solar energy at the users' own "filling station" at home. From September 2013, the combination of electric vehicles and private photovoltaic systems at home is to be tested and analysed in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a town with 26,000 inhabitants. The aim of the research project is to identify potential for reducing CO2 in the future and to record the role of user behaviour.