So far only 34,000 electric vehicles travel on Germany's roads, but they are very noticeable. Especially when their charging leads are used to recharge their batteries at the roadside. Interested passers by may ask themselves several questions: are these leads secured in any way? Or can anybody just pull them out of their sockets? Thanks to innogy this happens far less frequently than one might think. Because the company developed a mechanism that anchors the charging lead solidly to the electric vehicle – via the car's central locking system. An innovation in electric mobility that not many people would link to an energy utility.
But the industry has, in fact, undergone a radical change in recent years. The liberalisation of the electricity market, the transformation of the energy sector and digitisation are the reasons for an enormous innovation drive. At the same time this enabled expansion of the business segments. Numerous technologies are being developed within the innogy Group, for example in the fields of photovoltaics and wind energy, energy storage, power grids but also SmartHome and electric mobility. Modern energy utilities today have to do far more than just make electricity come out of wall sockets.