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Electric mobility: transport of the future

Smart and climate-friendly driving

Autonomous driving and networked electric mobility will be inextricably linked with each other in the future.

Mobility is one of the cornerstones of modern economies and societies. Both are developing rapidly due to progressing digitisation. Mobility has to keep up with these developments too. Find out here what the future of mobility could look like and which innovations will become reality when people use a multitude of different modes of transport.

A glance into the future of electric mobility

This is what it will look like on our roads in a few years

  • Electric mobility

    Good bye, diesel and petrol

    E-mobility has prevailed over combustion engines. Without local emissions and practically silent, electrically driven vehicles have clearly improved the quality of living in our urban centres. With a comprehensive charging infrastructure, short charging times and the long ranges of e-vehicles, electric mobility has now become an obvious choice for long-distance journeys as well. And not just for moving people; goods are now also transported on the road without the help of combustion engines. 

Empty battery? Charging made easy!

Inductive charging technology will make it easier to "refuel" on the road.

The faster and less complicated the charging process, the more likely people are to choose an e-vehicle. Therefore, there are several concepts for making "refuelling" electric vehicles easier in the future.

Charging network 
Together with its partners, innogy has already installed a large number of charging stations in service areas on German motorways. Currently, there are at least two charging points each at 130 locations. It is planned that by the end of 2017 a charging station will be installed in each of the 400 service areas. The fast expansion of the charging infrastructure is driven by a consortium of German car manufacturers that innogy collaborates with.

Charging technology 
What is already a reality with many types of smartphones, could become the future standard for electric vehicles: wireless charging by induction. Coils in the floor create an electro-magnetic field that charges the battery of the e-vehicle. Charging points could thus be installed everywhere and invisibly in the future – at traffic lights and bus stops, at car parks and in the garage at home. 

Charging capacity
A 500-kilometre range and an 80 per cent battery charge in 15 minutes: this could become reality with "high power charging". With 350 kilowatts these charging points would be ten times stronger than most charging stations in use today. Test systems are already in use, more are currently being installed. 

Invoicing for charging
In the future, no more manual operating steps at the charging stations may be required: with "car-e-wallet" the car automatically registers with the charging point when approaching it and then manages the payment process or invoicing with the energy supplier. This is already the reality for electric vehicles built according to ISO 15118. A smart charging lead (plug & charge) also enables direct communication with the charging point. innogy is collaborating with various car manufacturers to drive this topic forward.

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