Further electrification will be a key enabler for reducing CO2 emissions for business, industries, customers and society at large, enabling fossil fuels to be replaced by renewable, climate neutral energy.
Transportation accounts for roughly one-third of the world's energy consumption. This makes the transportation sector central in the realization of a more sustainable energy system.
Vattenfall expects that e-mobility will play a key role in solving many of the challenges we face today with regards to energy use and urbanisation.
Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
In order for electric vehicles to achieve a breakthrough, expansion of charging station infrastructure is important. Therefore Vattenfall is involved in several projects to help make this happen. Vattenfall built several fast-charging stations in Stockholm and Uppsala.
At these stations, a EV battery can be charged from 0% to 80% in less than 30 minutes. In the Netherlands and Germany, Vattenfall operates more than 1,000 public electric vehicle charging stations, mainly in Amsterdam, Berlin and Hamburg.
These stations provide electric vehicles with nearly 200,000 kwH of renewable electricity, corresponding to a 1,000,000 km driving with 0 direct emissions. We are continuing discussions with other cities and municipalities to help develop suitable infrastructure.
Vattenfall also offers simple and smart charging boxes for electric car owners, business and tena t – owner associations interesting in offering EV charging to employees, tenants and visitors.
The world's first diesel plug-in hybrid
Vattenfall and Volvo developed the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid car. The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid emits less than 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre. It can be driven as a diesel vehicle, as a hybrid or as an electric vehicle – and it is the only such car in the world.
The next generation of electric vehicles
Vattenfall is constantly working on new types of electric vehicles. Development in battery technology has been very rapid over the last few years: new commercial pure electric vehicles now have a range of around 150 kilometres, which covers most peoples' daily needs.
The electric range of a plug-in hybrid is usually between 20 and 80 kilometres, which can cover up to 75 per cent of all daily travels. When the battery runs empty, the combustion engine takes over, allowing you a much longer range.
The benefits of electric transport
There are several advantages to driving electric:
- It reduces CO2 and PM/NOx/SOx emissions and noise.
- It is cheaper than other fuels, costing about 0.03 Euro per kilometre.
- It would also reduce our dependency on oil.
- It is less dependent on one single energy source, since a mixture of sources can be used to produce electricity: wind, hydro, biomass and so on.
- It would shift local emissions from millions of exhaust pipes to emission-free power sources, creating new prerequisites for clean and silent city environments.