Users see electric mobility as an integrated offering. The NPE’s fields of activity reflect this perspective and include vehicle technologies, energy and the environment, urban planning, norms and standards, information and communication technologies and education and training. The interfaces between the topics are wide-ranging, with highly qualified experts developing innovative vehicle technologies, and information and communication technologies being used to produce customer-friendly payment models for charging. Through research and development, science and industry are creating the basis for an attractive offering. Ultimately, it’s the satisfaction of and acceptance by users that counts, and that’s why the NPE is promoting these topics.
Electric vehicles could be used as mobile storage devices and play a role in grid stability. They balance out fluctuations arising from the increased use of solar and wind power. It will be possible to charge electric vehicles, for example, if a large volume of renewable energy is fed in, reducing a local overloading of the grid through charging. To do this, vehicles need to be integrated into smart grids using information and communication technologies. New services could also ensure that cars are charged when electricity is particularly cheap.
The “Effizienzhaus Plus mit Elektromobilität” (efficiency house plus with electric mobility) is a mini power plant. It produces more power than its inhabitants need. The energy is used to charge two electric vehicles and an electric bike at the house’s own charging station. The house feeds the surplus energy into the public grid.