News item | 2012-04-26 | 13:55 PM

E-mobility news: Multi-modal mobility concept to Region Hamburg

The project included demonstrations with battery-powered Smart Fortwo Electric Drive and Daimler E-CELL along with the supply of these vehicles. Vattenfall also contributed to the building of a public charging infrastructure.

Multi-modal mobility concept to Region Hamburg

The aim with this Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development sponsored project was to gain insight into the use of vehicles in commercial fleets as well as to plan, construct and make use of a charging infrastructure in public streets.

All means of transports available to customers

Integrated mobility concepts give the customer the opportunity to utilize all means of transport. Low-emitting electric vehicles are combined with the wide variety of public transport and the necessary charging infrastructure. This has been demonstrated within the project. One of the focal points of this pilot region project was the practical testing of battery-powered vehicles in commercial transports, particularly in fleet operations.

The project included demonstrations with 50 battery-powered Smart Fortwo Electric Drive and Daimler E-CELL (both using a 16.5kWh lithium-ion battery) along with the supply of these vehicles and their charging infrastructure. Another part of the project was building a public charging infrastructure with 100 charging points at 50 public sites, half of which were installed by Vattenfall.

Charging posts installed in public places

The public charging posts were installed in streets, car parks and park-and-ride areas. The electric vehicles could also be charged at the DB car-sharing stations near the railway stations in the city area. Vattenfall provided the participating fleet operators with charging boxes.

Other services included the supply of electricity and the development of new billing solutions. In particular, customers who did not have their own charging facilities at home charged their vehicles at these public charging posts in the city.

Findings from tests with the "managed charging” solution enabled operators to optimize the use of wind power for EV charging. That means that the charging customer could contribute to a more optimal feed of fluctuating wind power into the grid.

More information

Additional information about the project "E-Mobility - Hamburg drives with green power" can be found at:        
About the Model  Region Hamburg (in German, new window) (in German, new window)
Final Project Report: "Einsatz von elektrisch angetriebenen Pkw und Aufbau einer Ladeinfrastruktur in der Modellregion Hamburg – hh=more", 2011 (in German)

Contact person: Franziska Schuth