Topic emobility

CHAdeMO or CCS – CHAdeMO and CCS?

The dialogue platform “Elektromobilität im Dialog” and the industry information service have initiated a debate. The question was as simple as difficult: Should Germany decide not to adept the CHAdeMO standard for its charging stations? CHAdeMO is the trademark for a brand overlapping electrical interface of a battery management system for electric cars, which was developed in Japan. Overall 1.239 opinions have been collected and analyzed. At the end there was a small advantage for the critics of CHdeMO which were more likely to explain the opinion with several arguments. However, the numbers of pro and against opinions have been equal.

The supporters of CHAdeMO are convinced that the exclusion of the standard would discourage potential new buyers of electric cars and would be a massive counterstrike against the pioneers of emobility. Many of the early adopters have bought cars with the CHAdeMO standard and would be punished for their courage. The supporters of the standard want to include these people and their cars. Also, the additional costs to integrate CHAdeMo with new charging stations would increase their costs by not more than five percent. The question they ask: Would anybody ever open a petrol station that only offers diesel but no benzine?

The opponents of CHAdeMO say that emobility is still at a very early stage which is an ideal opportunity to errect a homogeneous infrastructure which is free of any kind of fragmentation. An important decision at this stage will be the choice of one uniform fast charging standard. This is why the German car manufacturers and all big US-based car brands have agreed to use the CCS-technology (Combined Charging System). There are too many differences between CHAdeMO and the industry norms ISO 15118 and DIN 70121, which have been defined for Europe. CHAdeMO is also too expensive the design of the plug is not user-friendly.

Both groups have many good and much more arguments for and against the standard – it is now up to the consumers to decide.

(auto)-mobile payment at the pump

The German consumers are ready for mobile payment: One out of three would like top y at petrol stations via smartphone. In public transport, supermarkets and drug stores the demand for mobile payment is also huge: 45 percent of all smartphone-owners would like to pay for their bus- and train-tickets mobile. Around 30 percent of consumers would also like to benefit from mobile payment in supermarkets. There is also high demand for additional features and services: Almost 30 percent of the population would like to get additional information like a current overview on their latest transactions to get the most out of the mobile technology. What also matters to the consumers is speed. One out of three would like to benefit from a much faster payment process by mobile payment.

Mobile Payment

Mobile Payment

The survey from TNS Infratest is a strong indicator of what consumers expect from businesses: making mobile technology available for all kinds of uses. One of these cases is payment – for example at the pump. For the future and the success of emobility this means that not only vehicles but also the charging stations need to provide interfaces and functions for mobile data transmission to get fully accepted by consumers.

Savings today, debts tomorrow – Pending cuts on climate protection programmes 1

To tighten one´s belt, this motto became very popular within the last few months. No matter if you are talking about Greece, Portugal or now Cyprus: Saving is en vogue all over Europe – for a good reason. After all by reducing the spending we have to avoid that our children and grand children have to fight against an indomitable mountain of depths that gives them hardly any option to shape their own future. Also in Germany cuttings costs and spending is ranked high on the agenda. And there are good reasons for that as well. Of course, as part of this process subsidies and aid money have to be questioned, too. Continue reading →

Approaching e-mobilty holistically – Breaking the petrol lock-in

Plagiarism is out – or completely en vogue? That depends on the point of view. Anyway, we definitely don´t want to conceal that this article bases upon a very clever blog post from Marius Brand, a researcher at Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart. As we are a close partner of Fraunhofer IAO since we have won the “Elektromobile Stadt der Zukunft”-award we are sure that he doesn´t mind.

In the context of the German „Energiewende“, he introduces the term “carbon lock-in”. According to Wikipedia lock-in means that a particular technology or product is dominant, not because its inherent cost is low or superior performance, but because it enjoys the benefits of increasing returns to scale. As a result, decision makers are greatly influenced by the dominance of a product rather than by their preferences for its inherent properties. In deciding about technologies or products decision-makers can become committed to the project before the formal decision to build was taken. The formation of commitment is not necessarily bad, but when commitment turns into lock-in, it has by definition a negative influence on the project performance. Continue reading →

Mobilità elettrica meets dolce vita

To be honest: When we are thinking about Italy and traffic, the associations that firstly come to our minds are full of prejudices … chaos, speeding, scooters. We would hardly mention the word e-mobility when talking about the nation with the – for Germans – apparently unbeatable soccer team.

However, even in the country of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati e-mobility manages to gain more and more attention in the public. That is why our conversations with businesspeople and local politicians who we have just met on a several days lasting trip to South Tyrol and Milan were very positive. The meetings and events in northern Italy even included a conversation with a city councilor of Milano, and have been organized by the German chamber of foreign trade and the Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology. Just a few weeks before the latest trip we have already been on a similar journey, making interesting contacts in Turin. Continue reading →

2013 – excitement is just around the corner

To all our partners, friends and supporters of e-mobility,

Just a few days before Christmas and New Year´s Eve it´s time to have a look into the rear view mirror.

  • Did 2012 run the way you´ve expected it to?
  • Did you achieve all your goals?
  • What happened to your New Year´s resolution?

In all likelihood you can look back at a large number of achievements – but there might be still some items left.

However – or maybe especially because of that – now it´s time to define the objectives for 2013, to make plans and to update the omnipresent to-do list. This is exactly what we are doing at the moment. Continue reading →

Bleached out by too much greenwashing? German businesses fail to communicate sustainability

Sustainability reports, CSR managers, eco certificates – all of that seems to be quite useless when looking at the results of a current survey. In one of its latest blog posts WiWo Green reports that 82% of the Germans don´t know a single company which they associate with the term “sustainability”.

Text in clear:  1 out of 5 Germans knows a business that credibly stands for ecology and climate protection as well as social responsibility.

This upshot is even more disappointing when keeping in mind that – on a global scale – the German companies are the trailblazers regarding corporate sustainability. However the PR/CSR/marketing experts seem to fail communicating the commitment and activities of their organisation visibly and believably. Continue reading →