Electric cars are (still) somewhat unattractive to many car drivers. eeMobility, a startup based in Munich, Germany, offers a complete service that could facilitate the switch to eMobility.
Fossil fuel stocks are dwindling and the shift to renewable energy is inevitable. That much is certain. But so much needs to happen in Germany and worldwide in order to switch from coal, gas and oil to clean energies. The transport sector, as an example, offers so much potential that has yet to be explored.
Electric cars offer the possibility to efficiently use renewable energies like solar, wind and hydrothermal, however only a few of these types of vehicles are actually found on German roads. The German government has set itself an ambitious target of getting one million eCars on the road by 2020, but there is still quite a ways to go before this goal will be met. According to the European car industry union Acea, only 0.6 per cent of cars are electric. Electric car costs have also not changed, something which could make purchasing these vehicles more attractive.
In other European countries, eCars have experienced better adoption rates. One of the reasons so few people drive electric in Germany is that there is no speed limit on local highways; when driving at speeds over 130 km/h, eCar batteries drain quickly. Even though the second generation of eCars and their batteries have already improved significantly upon the first, they cannot keep up with a diesel or petrol car (yet) in terms of range.
The At-home eCar Charging Station
For trips through the city, an eCar is usually sufficient. Nonetheless, the question remains: where can you charge eCars? There is lots of potential for developing public charging station infrastructure.
This is where eeMobility comes in. The Munich-based startup – “ee” stands for easy.electric – is looking to make the move towards eMobility easier, whether for companies or private individuals. eeMobility provides a wallbox, suitable for each type of vehicle, that can be used to charge the vehicle at home. The charging process is then carried out quickly and safely – and using 100 per cent green electricity. The so-called Smart Charging Function is one of the most unique aspects of the system, allowing the vehicle to be charged, whenever possible, when there are power surpluses in the grid, particularly at night.
The company was founded in 2015 and offers a monthly flat rate for its service. eeMobility also takes care of installation, maintenance and billing. Beyond this, the company also offers an app that provides its customers access to 3,000 public charging stations across Europe.
Although the continued development of charging station infrastructure is vital to boost the appeal of eCars, this initiative from eeMobility is a very promising approach.
Translated from this article by Lydia Skrabania, which originally appeared on our German platform.