Accompanying Research

The subjects and objectives of the projects in the model regions reflect the broad spectrum of electric mobility. In order to bring together the results of the individual projects in the regions on a programme level and to ensure that participants can exchange experiences, overarching topics have been defined within the framework of the accompanying research.

The subjects and objectives of the projects in the model regions reflect the broad spectrum of electric mobility. In order to bring together the results of the individual projects in the regions on a programme level and to ensure that participants can exchange experiences, overarching topics have been defined within the framework of the accompanying research.

Following the onset of the market ramp-up and the publication of the funding guidelines that were adapted to market requirements, a special focus was placed on the accompanying research topics in 2015. With the clear aim of supporting the market ramp-up, four key thematic areas were identified as the pillars of ongoing programme accompanying research. The goal of the accompanying research is to consolidate and evaluate the project results from the three funding areas of vehicle procurement, electric mobility concepts and R&D projects. Together with all involved companies and organisations, there is active exchange of information among the participants, knowledge is deepened, and new players are to be enabled to enter the field of electric mobility more easily. Communication is bundled within the Electric Mobility Starter Set or handed over directly to the relevant stakeholders of the thematic areas and municipal players. Thanks to the central data monitoring system, it was possible to consolidate an overview of the data from the projects.

The accompanying research is dedicated to the following thematic areas:

1. Innovative Drives & Vehicles

The bus vehicle class is the focus of the Innovative Drives & Vehicles research area, which supplements the Electric Mobility funding programme. As part of the accompanying research, buses that are in use will be monitored and technically evaluated. Of particular relevance are the availability, energy consumption and maximum range of the buses. The focus of the accompanying research is not only on battery buses, but also on fuel cell buses and trolleybuses. For the battery buses, the different charging concepts are considered. On the basis of the technical evaluations, the various drive types will be evaluated and compared. Building on this, a practical decision-making aid for bus operators will be developed.

The accompanying research will aim to clarify how good the technology of the current electric buses is in real operation with regard to: reliability, energy consumption and range; what influence auxiliary consumers have on energy efficiency; what effects the charging and refuelling infrastructure has on availability and operation; what a comparison of the various types of electric drive (battery, fuel cell, overhead line) reveals; and for what type of drive is suitable for which application (city bus vs. bus in rural areas).

A joint working group of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) on the subject of buses (AG Bus for short) operates alongside the accompanying research. Meetings take place every six months in which representatives from bus operators, manufacturers, suppliers, politics and local authorities take part.

Contact persons:
Coordination of accompanying research: Oliver Hoch, NOW GmbH
Scientific Director: Dr. Michael Faltenbacher, thinkstep AG

Consortium:
thinkstep AG
hySOLUTIONS GmbH
VCDB VerkehrsConsult Dresden-Berlin GmbH
Subcontracted:
Fraunhofer-Institut für Verkehrs- und Infrastruktursysteme, IVI
IVV GmbH & Co. KG
SEK Consulting


2. Framework Conditions/Market

To a large extent, the success of electric mobility depends on the prevailing political and social conditions. The "Framework Conditions / Market" accompanying research examines these external influences and their relevance for the establishment of electric mobility in the market. The research deals with the mobility behaviour and mobility needs of potential customers from the private, public and commercial sectors and the question of how electric mobility can meet these needs. In addition, recommendations for regulatory and political action will be developed to help electric mobility achieve a breakthrough. To this end, the developments in Germany will be comprehensively analysed and evaluated and will then also be compared with those in selected international markets.

The accompanying research is to clarify: how general framework conditions (laws, politics, market, social trends) affect the market ramp-up of electric mobility; which recommendations for action can be formulated for the individual stakeholders; to what extent lessons learnt from EU and non-EU countries can be used; and in which fleet applications the use of electric vehicles is viable from an operational and financial point of view.

In 2017, the “Framework Conditions / Market” accompanying research conducted two workshops on the topic of “Electric mobility in urban logistics” with relevant stakeholders. Obstacles and incentives, usage patterns, possible fleet concepts as well as the municipal role and existing funding needs were discussed. At the thematic area meeting entitled “Strategies for the Proliferation of Electric Mobility: Orientation on Mobility Behaviour” (Strategien zur Verbreitung der Elektromobilität: Orientierung am Mobilitätsverhalten) in September 2017, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) presented the results from the analyses of the mobility behaviour and needs of private households as well as commercial and municipal fleets. They showed that already today there are private and commercial user profiles and application areas that are suitable and cost-effective for the use of electric vehicles.

Contact persons:
Coordination of accompanying research: Marc Weider, NOW GmbH
Scientific Director: Dr. Sören Grawenhoff, TÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH

Consortium:
TÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH, Cologne
Institute for Innovation and Technology, Berlin
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe


3. Networked Mobility

The “Networked Mobility” thematic area of accompanying research has set itself the task of, on the one hand, investigating the networking of various electric mobility applications and different modes of transport. On the other hand, it also examines the networking between electric mobility and the energy industry with regard to the increasing number of electric vehicles. The aim of this thematic field is to build up and expand competencies at the municipal level.

As part of municipal mobility strategies, the networking of various electric mobility applications and different modes of transport will be examined in detail and a catalogue of measures compiled. The linking of the transport sector with the energy system will be discussed on the basis of the stakeholders comprising municipalities, municipal utility companies, distribution network operators and transport companies. Both areas will be supplemented by the experiences gained from the municipal electric mobility concepts as well as from the municipal perspective on the basis of the city survey.

Contact persons:
Coordination of accompanying research: Silke Wilhelm, NOW GmbH
Scientific Director: Dr. Elisabeth Dütschke, Fraunhofer ISI

Consortium:
Fraunhofer-Institut für System und Innovationsforschung ISI, Karlsruhe
Institut Stadt | Mobilität | Energie (ISME), Stuttgart
EE ENERGY ENGINEERS, Gelsenkirchen
Noerr LLP, München

Overview and results of accompanying research events (past and future)

Date Event
08.12.2016 Launch event
22.03.2017 WS Evaluation Methodology
04.05.2017 1st thematic area meeting (sector coupling) + WS municipalities + municipal utilities
23.11.2017 WS Distribution grid operator
08.12.2017 WS Electrification of vehicle fleets
15.01.2018 WS Communication strategies
16.01.2018 2nd thematic area meeting (electric mobility concepts)
21.06.2018 WS Charging infrastructure expansion in municipalities
05.07.2018 WS Role of transport companies in the coupling of the transport and energy sectors
10.10.2018 WS distribution networks and intelligent charging of e-vehicles
11.10.2018 3rd thematic area meeting (sector coupling)
Q4 2018 WS Logistics concepts
Q2 2019 4th thematic area meeting (presentation of results – concepts)