Berlin/Karlsruhe. During the "electro-mobility day" on Thursday evening (18.2.10) in Berlin, the President of the BEM Bundesverbands eMobilität e.V. (E-Mobility Federal Association), Kurt Sigl, also acknowledged the research work undertaken by EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. "EnBW will introduce Germany's largest electric fleet to the streets in just a few months. The energy supplier is focusing on two-wheelers and is sending 500 E-bikes into a field study in the Stuttgart region." The E-bikes are produced in Baden-Württemberg and, different to electric cars, large numbers are already available and are comparatively affordable. With its electric fleet, EnBW is participating in the "Modellregion Stuttgart" (‘Model Region of Stuttgart), which is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Construction and Urban Affairs as one of eight nationwide electro-mobility regions. Almost 3000 private individuals applied for participation in this research project. The 500 test participants are currently being selected. The field test will start on 1st July 2010.
"In the ‘model region’ of Stuttgart, we are testing electrical mobility behaviour in a real-life environment with our 500 E-bike pioneers. We are hereby developing and trying out the charging and payment infrastructure of the future, parallel to the current research project, MeRegioMobil, together with partners from industry and research. Our long-term vision is the connection of electric vehicles to a Smart Home on the basis of an intelligent electricity meter", says Lars Walch, Project Manager of Electro-Mobility at EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG.
As a consortium leader of MeRegioMobil (Minimum Emission Region), EnBW will soon participate in a German-French fleet test, recently announced by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. A cross-border demonstration project for electric vehicles is planned in the region between Strasbourg and Stuttgart/Karlsruhe. EnBW's aim is to contribute to the development of an infrastructure, independent of manufacturers, with a uniform European standard.
More information is available at www.enbw.com/emobilitaet