Accompanying Research

The subjects and objectives of projects in the model region span the entire spectrum of electromobility. In order to bring together the results of the individual projects of the regions on a programme level and to ensure that experiences are exchanged between participants, several subject areas have been identified and defined for the accompanying research.

The accompanying research concentrates on the following four subject areas.

1. Innovative Drives & Vehicles

Aim of the accompanying research is the technical, ecological and economic evaluation of electric vehicles and their components. Key input for this evaluation is obtained from vehicles conducting running or new demonstration or technology projects in terms of experimental research and industrial development as well as the measures flanking the induction of larger vehicle numbers for the development of fleets (keyword: environmental aid). The basis of data is comprised of continuously delivered statistical and variable information in accordance with the specifications of the minimum data sets with the assistance of data loggers and queries. The results will contribute to assessing R&D demands as well as helping to define the direction of new funding programmes and will also provide information for the procurement of vehicles.

Target groups for results
Manufactures of vehicle and components, vehicle operators and users (e.g. fleet operators), model projects, procurers, municipal decision makers

2. Infrastructure

The development of recharging infrastructure (normal and fast-charging) is a key prerequisite for the purchase of electric vehicles. A core of future accompanying research is therefore, on the one hand the question of what specific recharging infrastructure (AC vs. DC) and in which numbers must this be developed in order to best support the introduction of the vehicles (“needs-based development”). Especially the subject of “universal recharging infrastructure” stands out due to the many circulating opinions but only limited reliable findings. On the other hand, the question of how the ongoing expansion of infrastructure can be most effectively supported through the experiences gained from the model projects (“starter set”) should also continue to be answered. It is furthermore also the task of the accompanying research to conduct an ongoing assessment of recharging infrastructure technology, on which basis the selection of future funding projects can be made and detailed advice can be given to the ministry. Especially technological developments, such as conductive recharging, should be closely accompanied so that any need for action for the development of the regulatory framework or other research-related questions, is identified early. All measures are suitable for supporting a coordinated and uniform approach for the development of national infrastructure.

Target groups for results
Municipalities, public utility companies, energy supply companies

3. Regulatory Framework/Market

The success of electromobility technology is, to a large extent, dependent on external factors. Requests for direct subsidies and grants are therefore omnipresent. The new “Regulatory Framework/Market” accompanying research area takes on this task. A diverse range of influences is to be considered in the process. These include the mobility behaviour and the mobility requirements of potential private users and how electromobility can serve these. The question of whether changing living conditions and social trends (the decreasing significance of the car as a status symbol) will promote electromobility should also be examined.

A further decisive question regards whether electric vehicles are competitive in the market for fleet applications (companies and municipalities). The accompanying research should, particularly in this area, take on an advising role with the aid of the NOW starter set. Ultimately, the question of which regulatory and political initiatives that go beyond those in the “EmoG” (Elektromobilitätsgesetz – Electromobility Law), will be necessary to help bring the breakthrough to the technology that might already be quite well known, but which still considered with scepticism. Relevant experiences made internationally should also be taken into account for the opinion-building process.

Target groups for results
Companies (especially SMEs), municipalities, private individuals

4. Networked Mobility

Aim of the subject area is the development and expansion of competencies on a municipal level in order to enhance the conditions to raise the prevalence and visibility of electromobility in the field, through the planning and implementation of suitable measures in the area of mobility strategies. The substantive emphasis lies in the development of an electromobile roadmap until 2050 and the creation of recommendations for action for municipal mobility strategies. Of particular significance are questions that address the promotion of intermodality, the linkage and integration of journey legs as well as the optimisation of transportation processes. In the area of research and development, the continued electrification of transport modes or other transport policy-relevant applications and the integration of these is a point of focus. This is overarched by an integration into the energy and climate goals of the federal government until 2050.

Target groups for results
Communities, districts, municipalities, municipal and national companies