Electric mobility protects the climate, environment and resources, promotes technological innovations and enables new business models. It is a task that encompasses all sections of society and covers a great deal more than just electric vehicles. Numerous components – from drive technologies to charging infrastructure – come together to form the electric mobility system. At the heart of this are the users. To ensure that they can choose from a range of offerings and that only the best technologies and services win through, the German National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE) pursues an approach that is market-orientated and open to different technologies.
People want to achieve their goals in a fast, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly process. The NPE thus views electric mobility from the users’ point of view – as an integrated offering ranging from fast charging and driving fun with attractive vehicles and tailor-made mobility services with electricity from renewable energies. Electric mobility is thus more than just vehicles. It is a system – vehicles, energy supply and transport infrastructure are interlinked and form a sustainable mobility system that transcends the boundaries of traditional industrial sectors. At the heart of this system are the users.
Different needs require made-to-measure solutions. In a customer-friendly electric mobility system, users thus need to be able to choose between different technologies. Electric mobility drives therefore don’t just include battery electric vehicles (BEV) but also plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and range extenders (REEV). A common feature of these drive concepts is that the vehicles can be charged directly from the power grid.
The NPE aims at a self-supporting market, as the best solutions for the electric mobility system will win through in a competitive market place. A self-supporting market provides additional employment and sustainable value creation. The NPE is developing the electric mobility system in three phases.