Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion is the future of mobil­i­ty

Although elec­tri­fi­ca­tion is the future of mobil­i­ty, it’s unde­ni­able that the cur­rent pan­dem­ic has affect­ed the e-mobil­i­ty indus­try along­side many oth­ers. How­ev­er, as economies start pick­ing up again the trends we observed in 2019 will con­tin­ue into the future and the adop­tion of e-mobil­i­ty will once again accel­er­ate.

Let’s remind our­selves of these trends and advo­cate stim­u­lus pack­ages that set the right course for a green recov­ery.

What’s going up in the world of e-mobil­i­ty?
Uptake in con­sumer EVs: The num­ber of reg­is­tered EVs con­tin­ues to increase year-on-year. More than 63,000 new EVs were reg­is­tered in Ger­many in 2019. This trend is con­tin­ued in 2020. In March, more than 10,000 EVs were new­ly reg­is­tered for the first time.

Autonomous dri­ving: Almost all car man­u­fac­tur­ers have pub­lished plans for self-dri­ving vehi­cles, while start-up Way­mo has already begun road test­ing its autonomous vehi­cle.

Demand-respon­sive mobil­i­ty: This mode of trans­port involves a vehi­cle pick­ing up sev­er­al peo­ple trav­el­ling to sim­i­lar loca­tions. Intel­li­gent rout­ing algo­rithms are then used to cal­cu­late the most effi­cient route. A num­ber of providers have already imple­ment­ed this idea, includ­ing ioki which is avail­able in Ham­burg.

EV pro­duc­tion: Tes­la founder Elon Musk has announced the open­ing of a new Gigafac­to­ry just out­side Berlin, with the project set to bring thou­sands of jobs to the region. The first Euro­pean Gigafac­to­ry is also fur­ther evi­dence of the ever-increas­ing con­sumer demand for EVs.

What’s going down in the world of e-mobil­i­ty?
Com­bus­tion engines: A new EU reg­u­la­tion was intro­duced in 2019, requir­ing the aver­age CO2 emis­sions of new cars to fall to 95 g/km by 2021. Recent­ly, the fleet aver­age was just below 120 g/km.

Per­son­al car own­er­ship: The shar­ing econ­o­my is boom­ing, with car and bike shar­ing start-ups thriv­ing across Europe. Sur­veys show that half of Euro­peans would aban­don their own cars if attrac­tive shar­ing offers emerged.

Invest­ment in fos­sil fuels: The Euro­pean Union is to stop fund­ing oil, gas and coal projects by the end of 2021, cut­ting €2 bil­lion of year­ly invest­ments.

Bat­tery prices: The aver­age price for lithi­um-ion bat­ter­ies has plunged 85% since 2010, fuelling the glob­al EV boom. Kiwigrid devel­ops IoT solu­tions for pri­vate and cor­po­rate e-mobil­i­ty appli­ca­tions. Get in touch to dis­cuss how our ener­gy ser­vice plat­form can enable you to open up new mar­kets, diver­si­fy your offer­ing and shape the ener­gy tran­si­tion.

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Reimag­ine Ener­gy — The e-mobil­i­ty edi­tion

Arti­cles about:
E-mobil­i­ty trends
The Ger­man smart meter roll­out

Inter­views with:
Elmar Möller about plans, hur­dles, con­cerns and ben­e­fits of enter­ing the ener­gy mar­ket
Michael Lehmann of MIT­NETZ Strom talks about flex­i­ble tar­iffs and the oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges of e-mobil­i­ty for region­al pow­er sys­tem man­age­ment
Hans Krüger, Direc­tor Prod­ucts at Kiwigrid, talks about the smart meter roll­out in Ger­many, the remain­ing chal­lenges and the poten­tial of val­ue-added ser­vices