Opel set 1,300 charging points within the hometown

Opel’s hometown of Rsselsheim am Main will end up “Electric City”. Rsselsheim, Opel and the RheinMain University are driving the extension on the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Sponsored through the Federal Ministry of Economics, investing in around 1,300 charging stations over the city will commence inside the upcoming months. These are able to be discovered in all districts and areas, over the Opel premises, over the campus of RheinMain University, in residential estates of gewobau Rsselsheim, within the parking regions of selected supermarkets and shopping centres additionally, on the premises within the municipal clinic (GPR).

The ambitious project, by which the partners have obtained the official grants totalling around 12.8 million, are going to be realised in multiple steps by 2020.

Going forward, each publicly accessible charging point will service 72 inhabitants, thus creating the highest density of charging stations when it comes to the number of inhabitants not only in Germany but in many of the European Union. Additionally, another 400 charging points might be attached with privately owned land C 350 of these about the Opel premises. Compared, Hamburg, the leading German city with regards to charging infrastructure, has 785 publically accessible charging points to its 1.8 million inhabitants (city ranking of the Federal Association of your energy and Water Industry).

“The transition to electro-mobility is creating opportunities for Rsselsheim. The area might take with a leading role for charging infrastructure, for electric vehicles and also for electro-mobility in Germany because of this excellent partnership. The work will strengthen the city for industrial location and increase our ability to innovate,” said Lord Mayor Udo Bausch.

Opel’s contribution for the project includes parking areas, that is fitted with 600 charging points and also be open to everyone after finishing the effort. Furthermore, charging points will be installed at 350 parking spots for the Opel company car fleet. “Opel goes electric! This promise can be a core pillar in our PACE! strategic plan. And obviously a tremendous extension within the charging infrastructure at our Rsselsheim headquarters is vital. This is actually the consistent continuation of your electro offensive,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.

Thanks on the involvement of RheinMain Univeristy, the town of Rsselsheim becomes an urban laboratory for electro-mobility unparalleled in Germany. Along the way, technical topics just like supply stability and network integration, together with socio-economic aspects for example mobility behaviour shall be examined. The knowledge on the charging behaviour will help the scientists to calculate future demands positioned on the electricity network and make this happen find out the individual needs of electrical car drivers. Together with approximately 20 charging points, RheinMain University may even install energy storage systems. These are generally intended to boost the make use of renewable energies and therefore minimise the specified network extension.

“The university is making a vital contribution to the urban advancement of Rsselsheim using its project-specific research. This underlines the approach we chose, which is to further strengthen the strategic role of universities in regional innovation systems,” said Prof. Dr. Detlev Reymann, President of RheinMain University.

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