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Testing the combination of simple power outlets and intelligent cables

12/13/2013 Ubitricity and the Bundesverband Solare Mobilität (BSM) are carrying out a joint pilot project to test a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles based on portable power meters.

Testing the combination of simple power outlets and intelligent cables
ubitricity and the Bundesverband Solare Mobilität (BSM) are carrying out a joint pilot project to test a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles based on portable power meters.

Berlin – As electromobility is introduced, both urban planners and car makers are counting on the availability of charging facilities at drivers’ homes. But in large cities, very few car owners have their own parking places. Moreover, the costs for installing conventional charging points are rising due to the requisite underground components, grid connections, and stationary billing technology. As yet there are no viable business models for a charging infrastructure in public space. But a solution from ubitricity based on portable power meters could help. It enables charging points to be installed cost-efficiently where e-vehicle users would normally park.

The Berlin company ubitricity and the Bundesverband Solare Mobilität (BSM), a national coalition of associations that promote electromobility and solar polar, have joined forces to test a cost-efficient charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. "This pilot project from ubitricity and the BSM shows that there are feasible business models for public charging points, thanks to portable power meters,” says ubitricity CEO Knut Hechtfischer. "This in turn will enable electric vehicles to be integrated seamlessly into everyday use, including in big cities, because charging points are going up everywhere.”

ubitricity has installed one of these charging points on the parking lot in front of the BSM office at Wilhelmstr. 92 in Berlin (10117). The charging point has neither a power meter nor communications technology, so it was inexpensive to install and incurs almost no operating costs. Drivers of electric cars simply carry their own power meters in the form of intelligent charging cables. A charging infrastructure that is based on portable power meters can be set up on a large scale and affordable terms. Streamlined power outlets can be installed anywhere, not only on charging columns but also in the walls of multi-storey parking garages or on streetlamps.

An intelligent charging cable is available at the BSM office for anyone interested in testing the system. It will be there for the duration of the pilot test project. "We believe that it’s important to increase public acceptance of electromobility,” says BSM CEO Thomic Ruschmeyer. "This pilot project with ubitricity is enabling us to put an innovative mobility concept into practice and therefore to promote electromobility in general.”

A dedication ceremony for ubitricity’s power outlet on the BSM parking lot was held on 13 December 2013 by ubitricity founders Knut Hechtfischer and Dr. Frank Pawlitschek.  It was attended by BSM CEO Thomic Ruschmeyer and the director of the Berlin Agency for Electromobility (eMO), Gernot Lobenberg. "We are of course pleased that this technology was developed in Berlin – all the more so because ubitricity is a member of our partner network,” said Lobenberg. "If electromobility is to succeed and Berlin is to serve as a model in this field, we will need many such courageous entrepreneurs.”

This pilot project is closely connected with the "Center Erneuerbare Elektromobilität”, which promotes electromobility with renewable energy, and was made possible by funding from the German environmental protection agency (UBA) for building charging infrastructures.

ubitricity Gesellschaft für verteilte Energiesysteme mbH

ubitricity was founded in Berlin in 2008 by Knut Hechtfischer and Frank Pawlitschek. Its charging infrastructure and billing concept could reduce costs by as much as 90%. Portable smart meters are what make   a comprehensive network of public power outlets possible. They enable charging points to consist solely of simple outlets because the metering and communication technology has been shifted to the intelligent cables. ubitricity’s system has been undergoing national and international field tests with leading partners since 2012 to prepare for its commercial launch in late 2014. Direct supply of the portable meters means that owners of electric vehicles are free to choose their own power companies and rates. Smart charging is possible whenever the sun shines or the wind blows, and wherever the car is parked.
Bundesverband Solare Mobilität e.V. (BSM)

The Bundesverband Solare Mobilität has been promoting environmentally compatible mobility systems and the use of solar power for land, water, and air-based means of transport for twenty years now. It is making a major contribution to the introduction of new and post-fossil mobility strategies and the requisite infrastructure for sustainable mobility with zero emissions.

Nina Keim
ubitricity Gesellschaft für verteilte Energiesysteme mbH
phone: +49 30 398 371 69 380
e-mail: presse(at)ubitricity.com             

Matthias Breust
Bundesverband Solare Mobilität e.V.
phone: +49 30 32 66 2998
e-mail: m.breust(at)bsm-ev.de