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.
Information and communications technologies (ICT) are the link between vehicles, charging infrastructure and the energy system. They control charging at private and publicly accessible charging points and enable electric vehicles to communicate with smart grids or smart homes.
ICT also ensures that users have convenient and across-the-board access to the publicly accessible charging infrastructure. This involves vehicle manufacturers and charging infrastructure and energy suppliers networking with each other on roaming platforms. They offer users authentication and billing processes compatible with all suppliers, whether via an app on a smartphone or via a card.
From 2015 onwards, the NPE argues in favour of designating only those charging points as “public” that offer users this ad hoc charging. The NPE recommends that the various suppliers interlink the roaming platforms in the coming years (see chart). This will enable users to have uniform and supplier-independent access to charging points throughout Germany and prospectively even throughout Europe as well as easy billing of charging costs.
In future, ICT will help create mobility smart services – packages of products and services which users put together themselves and which are tailored to their own needs. Users will be able to combine different modes of electrified transport, for example, in any way they like, from e-carsharing to e-bikes, via an app. They will navigate accurately to the nearest charging point or have their vehicles serviced, with the vehicle arranging the appointment at the garage.
In the DELFIN joint project, scientists are designing new business models and services for electric mobility. These will provide tools and methods for involving users.
Various roaming platforms can already be found on the market:
Intercharge connects charging infrastructures throughout Europe and promotes ease of access to charging points. Using a standardised symbol, users can instantly identify all the network’s charging points.
The e-clearing platform connects 4,500 charging points across national borders in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. e-clearing coordinates the rising number of contractual relationships between different charging infrastructure suppliers and service providers for electric mobility.