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.
Thanks to electric mobility, towns and cities are cutting noise and emissions, promoting climate protection and driving forward the energy revolution. In short, they are boosting the quality of life locally. The electric mobility law adopted in 2015 provides the necessary foundation for this development. It stipulates a special labelling for electric vehicles as the basis for their privileged status on the road. The Länder and municipalities are thus able to establish privileges for electric vehicles, such as privileged or free parking or the permission to use certain special-purpose public roads, such as bus lanes. The NPE therefore recommends integrating electric mobility into traffic regulations and urban development planning. Among other things, this ensures that charging points are not blocked by conventional vehicles and are located where they are needed.
Many towns and municipalities have already taken initial steps, but the scope and extent of activities still differ greatly. Municipalities are also facing legal uncertainties. The NPE therefore recommends adapting regional planning regulations and the Federal Building Code.
Committed pioneering municipalities are integrating electric vehicles into their fleets, and the four electric mobility showcase regions are gathering important everyday experience in areas such as usage behaviour. Here, electric vehicles are already connected to other modes of transport. This creates intermodality – with a ticket or card, users can easily switch from one mode of transport to another, from the electric car to electrified public transport, e-carsharing or an e-bike. The NPE recommends that towns, municipalities and mobility providers develop closer ties and also offer intermodal solutions – in urban centres, for example – on an intercity basis.