Self-sufficiency is in
My house, my car, my electricity! My electricity? More and more consumers are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to their electricity supply. The daily dose of solar power from the house roof not only gets the fridge, PC and dishwasher going, but the home supply chain now extends to the carport.
The charging box in the driveway or garage is a convenient way to charge your electric vehicle whenever it is in parking mode,” says Kirsten Schweers, Electric Mobility Product Manager at innogy. “It is also a safe and efficient solution for anyone who wants to optimise the use of home-generated electricity and do their bit toward transforming the energy industry at the same time.” And the whole process is very convenient. Both driver and vehicle can now recharge their batteries whenever the car is not being used.
One-stop-shop solutions for consumers
Coordinating renewable power generation and consumption by leveraging smart links in various walks of life is the key. Schweers, a business management graduate, sees this as an exciting business field – and a personal challenge. “It’s really enjoyable being part of this development and working on new products,” she says. Some of the latest innovations within the Innogy portfolio include the “Solar Future Package” which comes with solar panels, battery storage, a smart home package and a charging point for electric vehicles. This one-stop-shop solution for residential customers has just come onto the market.
International standards for electric vehicles
“Public awareness of the subject of electric mobility is on the rise,” says Kirsten Schweers. The German government’s new support scheme for electric vehicles (EVs) has contributed to the increase in popularity. The target set in Berlin of one million zero-emission electric vehicles on German roads by 2020, is an ambitious one. And all those vehicles will naturally need a network of service stations.
innogy has already made great strides with charging infrastructure, as it is called in the trade. The company already operates a large number of charging points in Europe, the majority of them in Germany. In order to improve this network of EV service stations and establish international standards for things like EV power plugs, innogy is working with many different partners and is actively involved in all key national and international standard-setting bodies. The idea is to make electric motoring as simple as possible for drivers. Within the space of just a few years, the company has registered patents for several of its own developments – some of which have worldwide validity.
“Choosing an electric car is a statement”
For private consumers, e-mobility is also an emotional subject, as Kirsten Schweers knows from various conversations and customer surveys. “Choosing an electric car is a statement,” says the expert in this field. “The key motivation is sustainability.” Practical everyday solutions like the “Solar Future Package” are passed on by word of mouth via community networks and online forums, with the message being: my house, my car, my electricity. My environment.
Electric vehicles offer their owners many advantages. The operating costs are low, cities benefit from the reduced carbon emissions and the cars can be conveniently charged at home when they are parked and not needed anyway.