Integrating electric mobility into our every-
day lives makes sense in the long run, but
only if the entire system is considered. To
this end, the switch to electric mobility rep-
resents an important factor in Germany’s
energy transition. Electric mobility offers
an opportunity to meet international con-
sumption and CO
emissions limits over the
long term, by severing energy consumption
from fossil fuels. Moreover, electric vehicles
can be used as flexible storage units that
store energy from renewable sources, then
release it when needed – a valuable contri-
bution to grid stability.
This transition towards sustainable mobility
will affect various aspects of our lives, di-
rectly and indirectly, and will permanently
alter our living environment. There is plenty
of potential for electric mobility, especially
in the area of innovative residential con-
struction, as evidenced in several current
projects in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
In the Fellbach ZEROplus showcase project,
for example, seven urban houses were built
that generate more energy than required
by the people living in them. What’s more,
the now familiar Plus Energy House concept
was expanded to include electric mobility. In
the future, solar power generated by photo-
voltaic systems on the roofs of houses will
supply families with power and charge sev-
eral electric vehicles.
In other ‘LivingLab BW
mobil’ projects, the
residential and e-mobility project in Stutt-
gart’s Rosenstein quarter for example, resi-
dents of apartment buildings are carsharing
electrically powered cars as an alternative
to private ownership. Another example that
is currently being realised in Stuttgart, but
is not part of the funding programme, is
the residential project at Europaplatz. The
common goal of these projects is to use
vehicles as efficiently as possible. The use
of electric, but also conventional, carsharing
vehicles has a positive effect on inner-city
congestion as it reduces the number of cars
on the road. Clever linking with the public
transport system can significantly improve
this effect and reduce emissions even more.
Electric mobility’s contribution to urban de-
velopment and to achieving climate-protec-
tion goals in medium-sized cities is being
examined in the EMiS project (electric mo-
bility in the Staufer region). This joint project
of the cities of Göppingen and Schwäbisch
Gmünd is being sponsored by the German
Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban
Development, as part of the ‘Electric Mobili-
ty Pilot Regions’ programme. Its intention is
to develop guidelines for municipalities by
the end of 2014, showing how, and under
which conditions, urban areas may develop
into ‘e-mobile cities’.
However, integration options for electric
mobility are not only limited to residential
properties. In Sindelfingen, for example,
an industrial zone is to become sustaina-
ble, energy-efficient and resource-saving.
This restructuring measure is funded by
the Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of the
Environment. The ‘eCarPark Sindelfingen’
showcase project involves a smart grid that
integrates several electric vehicles. These
vehicles use on-site generated renewable
energy and behave as flexible, mobile ener-
gy storage units; this contributes to a ben-
eficial energy balance of the industrial zone
as a whole.
These examples show the diverse field of
application for e-mobility already in exist-
ence today, and how intelligent e-mobile
solutions can help shape a sustainable liv-
ing environment.
Sustainable added value through integration and networks
Electric mobility changes our living environment
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