Mrs Bader, you are the Senior Planning Officer for the City of Ostfildern. What significance does electromobility have for your community?
Electromobility is an important element of the new mobility concept that we are currently developing. The challenge is to intelligently network all types of mobility – in terms of both private and public transport.
What insights have you gained from the “E-Mobility Avenue” pilot project in Belchenstraße?
Firstly, the project is helping to improve acceptance and enthusiasm for electromobility amongst the general public. People can see that the technology really works. They can also gain a better understanding of all the things you need, such as charging stations and additional electricity storage systems – and the fact that you might need to plan your journeys a little better than before.
As acceptance for electromobility increases, so will the demand for the corresponding public infrastructure ...
Yes, and this is a real challenge because of the limited space. There is actually no space left available in public areas. The options are extremely limited, especially in existing urban districts.
However, new urban districts are a different matter altogether. How do you plan a typical district of the future?
Specific mobility concepts are already taken into account when developing the first concepts for an urban development project, even as early as the competitive tendering process. We are already thinking about future requirements – such as central intermodal hubs and parking guidance systems – and take into account the space needed for charging stations, as well as for external electricity storage systems and substations. The project in Belchenstraße has already clearly demonstrated that electromobility requires a highly efficient electricity grid.
And it is not only electromobility that requires lots of energy but also the ongoing process of digitalisation in general ...
That's correct. Digitalisation means that we will have to supply many more computers with electricity. When planning urban developments that are fit for the future, we also have to consider that people’s homes and places of work will move much closer together. We will need to provide the right infrastructure and this means that when we talk about the expansion of broadband, we are also talking about the expansion of the electricity grid.
What makes an ideal energy supply company and an ideal grid operator in your opinion?
The ideal companies should provide a highly efficient electricity grid that is supplied with a very high proportion of renewable energies. A grid that will be able to cope reliably with the high demands of electromobility and digitalisation at all times. EnBW and Netze BW are making really good progress in this respect, boosted by the research projects they are running in our community.