Commercial traffic makes up around 30% of the total traffic in cities. This includes not only the transport of goods (supply and disposal), but also the movement of service providers and personal business trips.
Electrification of commercial traffic
In order to make this traffic more sustainable, i.e. better for the economy, society, and environment, we support Berlin companies and organisations in electrifying their vehicles. We provide guidance on funding programmes, new vehicle concepts, and framework conditions. In addition, we support technology-neutral testing of other climate-friendly vehicle and engine concepts. New social innovations, such as inter-company sharing of e-vehicles and charging infrastructure, are also relevant in this context.
Sustainable city logistics
Another core topic is sustainable city logistics, which is not only about decarbonising the last mile and shifting to city-friendly vehicles, but also about organising processes better and providing the necessary infrastructure. To this end, we support pilot projects such as the construction of city hubs or micro-depots and the testing of (digital) loading and unloading zones in cooperation with Berlin's districts.
The energy transition in transport is essentially about the efficient use of renewable energies in the mobility sector, including the necessary storage options. The direct use of renewable electrical energy in combination with the development and expansion of the necessary infrastructure play a central role. Beyond electric mobility, we are also promoting the use of fuel cells and hydrogen.
Demand-based provision of charging infrastructure
We are promoting the expansion and efficient use of private areas to provide charging infrastructure to drive Berlin’s economy. These spaces can be used purely for private purposes, such as on company grounds, or they can also be publicly accessible to third parties, such as customers or residents. To this end, we support landowners in choosing a location, network with the relevant stakeholders, prepare studies, and support innovative solutions such as dual-use concepts and exchangeable battery ecosystems for small and light vehicles.
The Berlin Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection [link to their LI page] is solely responsible for the charging infrastructure on Berlin's public roadways, such as the Berlin charging network "be emobil”.
Sector coupling and mobility infrastructure
In the area of sector coupling, we support pilot projects that equalize the generation and use of locally generated renewable electricity which relieves the burden on the power grid. Intelligent charging management is just as relevant here as bidirectional charging, networking of fleets to virtual power plants, and necessary changes to the regulatory framework. This also includes use of hydrogen to drive mobility solutions.
In order to make urban commercial traffic cleaner and more efficient, alternative transport and mobility offerings and concepts are also important. In particular, alternatives can be achieved through sophisticated multimodal offers for business passenger transport.
Corporate mobility management
Corporate mobility includes the travel of employees as they go about their work, i.e. business trips as well as the transport of goods. and the travel of tradespersons to and from assignments. It also includes workers' regular commute to and from work. The aim here is to find alternative, environmentally friendly solutions and integrate them into everyday working life. The range of possibilities is wide and can include promoting bicycle use, introducing mobility budgets, and the integration of sharing services.
Intelligent transport systems
We support digitalisation and open data platforms that will lead to comprehensive, intelligent transport systems. In test fields for automated and networked driving, new offerings and technologies are being tried out that could expand and supplement the spectrum of mobility solutions. These include electric and automated public transport shuttles.