The vehicles were handed over to various companies in the region and used at locations including the port site in Bremerhaven and the environs of the regional business development and technology park. The companies’ reasons for getting involved were largely to gain kudos through the ecologically positive image of electromobility.
The electric vehicles were tested on business journeys such as client visits, customer support journeys and deliveries. The private users were commuters with varying profiles in relation to distance and combined use with other modes of transport. To equip the company sites and home locations with charging facilities, outside sockets were installed, which posed no significant difficulties.
After initial scepticism, the majority of the users were thrilled. Many of those surveyed can now imagine, after the fleet trial, buying their own electric vehicles, including for private purposes. It is only the currently still very high price and limited availability and variety of models that are responsible for the fact that purchases are not being made in any noteworthy numbers.
Another positive fact that should be mentioned is that the users were able to use their electric vehicles during the winter without any limitations. The range did go down due to the low temperatures, but as the users are permanently informed of the currently available range, they were able to take this fact into account. The conscious planning of journeys with battery-powered electric vehicles proved to be a typical component of electromobility.