RWE Group y APCOA Autoparking GmbH crean puntos de carga para automóviles eléctricos

El Grupo RWE Group y APCOA Autoparking GmbH han llegado a una asociación en el sector de la movilidad eléctrica. Las dos compañías han lanzado unos puntos de despliegue conjuntos de carga para automóviles eléctricos en zonas de aparcamiento públicas y accesibles. Esto hará posible que los conductores puedan recargar sus vehículos eléctricos de forma adecuada, como por ejemplo, mientras hacen la compra.

Inicialmente, los puntos de carga RWE se instalarán en 20 lugares de aparcamiento de APCOA, en localizaciones centrales de Berlín, como Alexanderplatz o la Puerta de Brandenburgo.

El próximo paso será la ampliación de la infraestructura del punto de carga de RWE para los coches aparcados en otras grandes ciudades, como Hamburgo, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart y Munich.

Thomas Veith, director administrativo de APCOA Autoparking GmbH, comentó: "Los vehículos eléctricos desempeñarán un papel importante en la movilidad del futuro. APCOA ha invertido conscientemente en las estaciones de repostaje del futuro, ofreciendo a sus clientes servicios pioneros".

Con su asociación estratégica, RWE AG ha dado un paso más hacia su objetivo de desarrollo de una red completa nacional de estaciones de repostaje para vehículos eléctricos. "Estamos muy contentos de ser líderes en el mercado de Europa de operaciones de aparcamiento de vehículos como socio en el establecimiento de la infraestructura necesaria para nuestros puntos de carga. Juntos, deseamos demostrar a los consumidores que en breve recargar los vehículos será algo sencillo para todas las personas en general", indicó Carolin Reichert, responsable de movilidad eléctrica de RWE.

Los puntos de carga se han establecido en Berlín por medio del proyecto piloto entre RWE y Daimler dedicado a la movilidad eléctrica (e-mobility). RWE AG ha instalado 500 puntos de carga, y utiliza 100 automóviles eléctricos Smart para realizar pruebas sobre cómo funciona la infraestructura de carga pública, además de examinar la actitud de los conductores usuarios. Hasta el año 2012, el mayor proyecto del mundo será descubrir cómo la movilidad eléctrica se puede llevar a la calle.

Información sobre APCOA

APCOA es el mayor operador de aparcamiento para automóviles de Europa, y ofrece a los propietarios de instalaciones un paquete de servicios completo para el aparcamiento. Este incluye las operaciones de instalaciones de aparcamiento basadas en el alquiler o acuerdos de administración. El Grupo APCOA gestiona actualmente 1,2 millones de plazas de aparcamiento individuales de más de 5.400 localizaciones de 18 países de Europa.

Información sobre RWE

El Grupo RWE es uno de los cinco principales servicios públicos de Europa. RWE proporciona suministro eléctrico a más de 14 millones de clientes, y gas natural a más de 6 millones de clientes. En 2008, la compañía generó unos beneficios de 49.000 millones de euros. La movilidad eléctrica (e-mobility) es un área estratégica de innovación para RWE.


"Filling Station of the Future"

The RWE Group and APCOA Autoparking GmbH are entering into a partnership in the area of electric mobility. The two companies are launching a joint roll-out of charging points for electric cars in publicly accessible parking areas. This will make it possible for drivers to recharge their electric vehicles very conveniently, for example while they do the shopping.

Initially, RWE charging points will be set up at 20 APCOA parking facilities in central locations in Berlin, e.g. at Alexanderplatz or at the Brandenburg Gate.

The next step will then be to expand the RWE charging point infrastructure to car parks in other large cities such as Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich.

Thomas Veith, Managing Director of APCOA Autoparking GmbH said, "electric vehicles will play an important role in mobility in the future. APCOA is purposefully investing in the filling station of the future and is offering its customers pioneering services."

With this strategic partnership, RWE AG has taken one step further towards its objective of developing a full nationwide network of filling stations for electric vehicles. "We are delighted to have Europe’s market leader in car park operations as a partner in setting up the necessary infrastructure for our charging points. Together, we want to demonstrate to consumers that it will soon be a very simple thing for the general public to recharge their vehicles," said Carolin Reichert, responsible for electric mobility at RWE.

The charging points are being set up in Berlin by RWE and Daimler’s joint pilot project for e-mobility. RWE AG is installing 500 charging points and is using 100 electric Smart cars to test how the public charging infrastructure works, as well as examining the driving behaviour of the users. Until 2012, the largest such project in the world will be finding out how e-mobility can be brought onto the street.

Information on APCOA

APCOA is the largest European car park operator and offers facility owners a full service package for parking. This includes operating parking facilities based on leasing or management agreements. The APCOA Group currently manages some 1.2 million individual parking spaces at more than 5,400 locations in 18 European countries.

Information on RWE

The RWE Group is one of the five leading energy utilities in Europe. RWE supplies more than 14 million customers with electricity and 6 million with natural gas. In 2008 the company generated turnover of EUR49 billion. E-mobility is a strategic area of innovation for RWE.

RWE presents the future of mobility

RWE has a clear objective: Bringing electricity onto the roads. RWE does not intend to wait until tomorrow, but is already starting today. The establishment of customer-friendly charging stations in various, major German cities will begin this year. With this project, RWE is taking a fundamental step towards climate-friendly mobility to make our cities cleaner and quieter.
Mobile revolution for car drivers

RWE is making e-mobility suitable for daily use. The objective is a universal network of public and private charging stations combined with an innovative billing system for fast, safe and uncomplicated charging. No more detours, charging your car where you would park anyway, whether on a shopping trip, whilst eating in a restaurant or during an evening at the cinema, will be the mobile future.

The time has come for electro-mobility

Today, many people cannot yet imagine that the electric motor will be a solution to the mobile future. Actually, developments surrounding this topic are already in full swing. Battery manufacturers are working on the latest generation of lithium ion batteries with significantly increased ranges. Vehicle manufacturers are poised to begin series production. Politicians are defining the legislative framework required to get the market up and running.

And RWE is also making an important contribution towards the breakthrough of electric cars: RWE is beginning to establish a universal network of charging stations in Germany. In addition to that, RWE is developing appropriate electro-mobility products. Together, all of these components make up an attractive electro-mobility offering for customers.

RWE’s contribution

What is RWE contributing towards the success of the electric car? The answer is electricity. Of course, there can be no electric car without a power supply. Therefore, the electric car cannot get past one of Europe’s largest power suppliers.

As a financially strong supplier, RWE is taking the lead and is investing in technology development and setting up infrastructure. The result will be an attractive charging infrastructure which will meet customers’ requirements in terms of supply security, comfortable operation and invoicing as well as charging times: A vital prerequisite for establishing the electric car as the mode of transportation of the immediate future.

The stage for the demanding but entirely realistic objective has been set: "filling up" with electricity at any time and in any place, including a standardised, customer-friendly payment process.

What will ensure the breakthrough

The basis for the development of the electric car as the means of transportation of the future has been established: High fuel prices and the discussion concerning CO2 emissions gave rise to economic incentives. Innovative battery concepts and plug-in hybrids are already allowing for practical ranges.

The rechargeable battery is taking the lead

Small, efficient and rechargeable: The development of the rechargeable lithium ion battery has opened up new perspectives which were not up for discussion during the "battery age". Whilst the average range provided by batteries today is not yet comparable with that of conventionally powered vehicles, it is already adequate for the daily needs of an electric car in urban traffic. Robust versions for the mass market are anticipated as of 2010, with ranges of between 150 km and 250 km.
Electric cars for all tastes

The automotive industry has recognised the potential of the electric car. Virtually all of the major manufacturers are working on different vehicle concepts – from two-seater urban vehicles and practical family saloons to racy sports cars. Both pure electric cars and hybrid concepts are possible here. The first series production vehicles are anticipated from 2011 onwards. From 2012/2013, customers can look forward to a wide range of attractive vehicles.
The electricity grid as the optimal prerequisite

The electric car has one significant advantage over other drivetrain concepts such as e.g. the hydrogen car: Whilst the necessary charging infrastructure still has to be established, it can access the existing, universal power supply grid. The electric car of the future will actually be able to feed electricity which it does not require back into the grid and therefore relieve strain on power plants. RWE is making a vital contribution in developing this vehicle-to-grid technology.
Comfortable invoicing

"Filling up" with electricity whenever and wherever – a great idea, but how will payment be carried out? RWE is working on innovative offers which use the same tariff at home and on the road, and which besides enabling full cost control give consideration to the desired electricity mix. The key words are flat rates and electricity price guarantee. RWE is making high demands on this development: Invoicing should function as simply as making a call with a mobile phone. In addition, intelligent electricity meters will ensure that the charging current is drawn from the socket at the most inexpensive time.
High efficiency at low cost

Affordable mobility is the prerequisite of positive economic development and personal, individual flexibility. Today, electric cars are still exclusive vehicles for a small group of customers. As unit numbers increase, however, electric cars will soon enable a great deal of mobility at low cost. The lower consumption costs will particularly help in this regard. The electric car therefore has the opportunity to make the transition from an urban car for the few to a daily vehicle for all.
The political support is there

Politicians have long since recognised that investments surrounding the electric car are important and sensible. The demand for cleaner air and climate protection are inevitably drawing attention to the electric car.
The stringent EU fleet emission targets are only the beginning. Already the Federal Government is promoting the purchase of electric cars: According to the German Motor Vehicle Taxation Act*, electric vehicles are exempt from motor vehicle tax for the first five years. Nevertheless, these measures alone are not sufficient to achieve a rapid breakthrough. Further steps are required to accomplish this.
The right basic framework

Financial incentives are required to motivate end customers to purchase electric cars, which are still expensive at present. A one-off bonus on purchasing a vehicle or a CO2-based motor vehicle tax may prove to be sensible tools.
Kick-off investment for the development and the setting up of intelligent charging stations or the designation of pilot regions create incentives for industrial investment. A stable legal and regulatory framework gives companies the necessary security for investments and speeds up the establishment of charging options in the public realm. Specially designated parking and charging zones for electric vehicles would extensively support their market success. The implementation of special road lanes would also be an effective incentive. Finally, uniform technical connection conditions and simple, standardised bases for the charging of grid fees will ensure simple integration into the power distribution grids.

Vehicle to Grid: Mobile power plants on the way

Climate and environmental protection are the factors which the majority of people spontaneously associate with the use of electric cars. The climate friendliness of an electric vehicle is inseparably linked to the electricity’s source. An electric car which obtains its energy from electricity generated by wind power farms can actually be operated entirely without CO2 emissions.

However, electricity production using renewable sources such as wind is subject to weather-related fluctuations. The result: In the case of strong wind and low current electricity consumption, the renewable energy cannot be used optimally. In contrast, high electricity demand, in which wind energy would be required, sometimes occurs during windless phases.

In the future, electric vehicles may help to compensate these fluctuations. They store renewable energy when it occurs and release it when it is required. They therefore undertake tasks which are already being performed by pumped-storage power plants and help to use the anticipated, higher feed-in capacity sensibly. Power plants are therefore relieved and are able to operate at optimal efficiency. Nonetheless, individual mobility will not suffer. Thanks to innovative solutions which RWE is currently developing in co-operation with international partners from the fields of science and industry, the vehicle will always remain ready for use during this process. A defined minimum energy volume will enable flexible use at any time.