With an innovation, E.ON makes it easier for companies to convert vehicle fleets to e-mobility. North Rhine-Westphalia's Economics Minister Andreas Pinkwart and BDEW President Johannes Kempmann, together with E.ON Board member Karsten Wildberger, opened the E.ON DrivePlaza at the company's headquarters in Essen. This concept of an electricity filling station integrates e-mobility into vehicle fleets in such a way that several vehicles can be charged simultaneously with the existing energy connection.
Commercial customers have complex requirements for loading vehicle fleets. In addition, employees and customers will increasingly travel by electric car. This raises numerous questions in companies: Is the energy connection in the building sufficient? What impact does e-mobility have on energy consumption? What happens when my fleet grows? Can I offer loading options to employees and customers?
With E.ON DrivePlaza, E.ON experts in the fields of energy networks, battery technology, digitalization, and e-mobility are now providing answers to these questions. The system consists of a multitude of components, in particular standard and fast charging columns, a battery storage and load management systems including digital intelligence for optimal integration into the energy networks.
With digital intelligence, it will be possible to design the concept on a modular basis, so that E.ON DrivePlaza can be tailored to meet individual customer requirements and grow as the company's electric vehicle fleet grows. In addition, the modular structure also enables the system to be integrated into mobility concepts in existing and new neighbourhood concepts in cities and municipalities.
“We assume that the switch to e-mobility in the commercial vehicle fleet segment will take place more quickly than in the private sector. It is good that E.ON can offer a concept that can be adapted to customer and location requirements. This offers our customers the greatest possible security for the future”, emphasized E.ON Board member Karsten Wildberger.
Economic and Digital Minister Andreas Pinkwart said: “We want to play an active role in shaping the change in mobility in North Rhine-Westphalia and accelerate the market ramp-up of e-mobility. That's why we are pleased about companies that accompany us on this path with innovative ideas.”
BDEW President Johannes Kempmann emphasised: “The energy industry is speeding up the pace in the field of e-mobility. Our branch of industry goes into advance – in setting up and expanding the charging infrastructure in Germany as well as in the development of innovative charging concepts. In total, there are now almost 11,000 public loading points in Germany. Our industry is pushing for climate-friendly electric mobility. And this despite the fact that, due to the small number of vehicles, the operation of the charging stations has not been worthwhile so far. The automotive industry must now finally follow suit and bring e-vehicles onto the market which offer prices and performance that correspond to a broader group of buyers“.
The E.ON DrivePlaza can be viewed at Brüsseler Platz 1 during the E-world trade fair until 8 February. E.ON employees explain the concept and answer questions from interested parties. The E.ON DrivePlaza also features a solar connection, an inductive charging station and news and entertainment offerings that make use of the charging time to inform or relax.