Experience from the projects so far shows that the greatest obstacle to widespread introduction of electromobility is the comparatively high purchase price of vehicles and the charging infrastructure. In order to enable the use of a high number of electric vehicles, it is thus essential to look at electromobility in an integrated way within innovative systems of mobility and smart grids.

At the current stage, a prerequisite for the sustainable introduction of electric vehicles is the creation of an opportunity to »try them out« and thereby generate visibility and confidence in the »new« technology. Broad acceptance needs to be achieved among the public and the technology must be brought into line with user needs through trials in everyday situations. It is further shown by initial socio-scientific studies that the residents of Hesse could cover 90 % of their need for mobility through the use of electric vehicles and to a large degree have the ability to charge such a vehicle at home or at work.

A requirement of the city of the future and of the organisations based within it is therefore not just to create the regulatory framework for electromobility, but in particular to provide services with easy access. This relates both to fleet solutions at businesses and to mobility solutions connecting to local public transport and leads to a new business model, enabling electromobility to be presented as an economically efficient long-term option. However, it is precisely this aspect that is proving to be a current challenge, as many players from extremely varied fields need to work intensively together. Research areas – such as our model region – are important platforms in this regard for bringing the participants together and enabling synergies to be utilised.

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