2022 brought a lot of movement in e-mobility: change in the promotion of e-cars, combustion engine phase-out by 2035 and much more. Although the e-car trend did not have the expected momentum, e.g. due to long e-car delivery times and the energy crisis, the e-car continues to gain ground. These seven trends await us this year:
1. charging made easy: plug and charge
Until now, charging, recording and paying for charging was necessary using cards, keys or apps. With Plug & Charge charging stations, this is a thing of the past: Here, direct real-time information is established between the e-car and the charging station, so that the preferred payment method can be recognized and the charging process can be started automatically.
2. Bidirectional charging: Exploiting potential
Already widespread in the Far East, the trend is also gradually arriving in Germany: Bidirectional charging enables the flow of energy from e-vehicles in two directions: From the power grid via the charging station into the electric vehicle or from a vehicle battery into the power grid (vehicle-to-grid) or into one's own home (vehicle-to-home). With bidirectional charging, grid stabilization can be achieved and electricity feeders can be compensated for the electricity they feed in. Last year, the first car manufacturers gave the green light for discharging their vehicles. Initial scenarios are already being tested to explore the potential of bidirectional charging. In the end, political decision-making will also determine how quickly the process can become established.
3. Intelligent charging and fleet management: more sustainable and more economical
With the growing number of e-vehicles in fleet fleets, intelligent charging and fleet management remains the be-all and end-all for a sustainable and economical e-car charging solution. Planning has never been easier: a fleet operation with electric vehicles regulates itself, e.g. with cloud-based all-in-one software. It ensures that vehicles are charged and billed intelligently for simple and cost-effective operation. Charging operations are fully automated to match the capacity limits of the power grid, and a charging schedule for the next 24 hours is generated from this.
4. Flexible electricity tariffs and intelligent charging to counter high electricity prices
Instead of a fixed amount for the electricity consumed, with a flexible tariff the electricity provider passes on temporal fluctuations in the price of electricity on the stock exchange to the electricity customer. The electricity provider must inform the customer at which times the electricity is cheap. Thus, in order to avoid high electricity costs, the customer can schedule the charging of the e-car during these periods. An intelligent charging management system can do this automatically and also prevent peak loads.
5. Efficient charging apps
Those who want to monitore on charging data can use practical apps. The range of providers continues to grow here, making charging the e-vehicle child's play. A good example of this is the Keba eMobility app: Charging processes can be started and ended via the app, the charging power can be configured, and charging processes can be viewed in real time, as can historical data on the charging process. Other attractive features may include RFID card management, access rights assignment, charge scheduling, and clear dashboards. Here, wallbox providers will continue to upgrade and make charging e-cars even easier.
6. New registrations continue to rise: new e-models, more choice
More models, more range: this will remain the case in 2023. Advancing battery technology and the expansion of the charging infrastructure are making the electric car an increasingly attractive alternative to the internal combustion engine. The automakers' agenda includes the Polestar 3 electric SUV with a range of over 600 kilometers, the first electric station wagon from a German brand, and VW's ID.7 electric sedan.
7. Expansion and standardization of the charging infrastructure
The German government wants to push ahead with the expansion of the charging network for e-cars. One million publicly accessible charging points are to be established by 2030. Despite challenges in the market, the fundamental direction toward electric vehicles will not change. The creation of new charging points and increasing networking and digitization will further the electrification of mobility