The infrastructure of new mobility concepts must move away from insular thinking towards economically efficient, ecologically sustainable and socially fair standards.

Impressive, this picture of a gas station from the 1930s, on which a driver is shown, who must decide between 12 different brands of petrol at an seemingly endless row of petrol pumps. Thanks to my son - he gave me this wonderful book “The Definitive History of Driving”, which contains this initially amusing-absurd and then thought-provoking picture. History repeating itself.

As in the 1930s with the commercialisation of the combustion engine, we are now in a phase of awakening with E-mobility. As in the past, car manufacturers and energy providers are now competing to expand the EV charging infrastructure. A constant battle for displacement when new technologies conquer the market. Unfortunately, this is always carried out on the back of the consumer and, even worse, the environment.

Viewed apocalyptically, our transport infrastructure could look like this in a few years' time: Littered with a wide variety of charging stations, whether public or semi-public, as stations or individual pillars, and all of these from different providers. And associated with this, different charging technologies, which in turn require their own charging plugs, and different charging cards from the providers. In addition, petrol stations lying idle. A confusing hodgepodge, which not only overwhelms users, but is also absolutely unsustainable.

The new ecology needs socially fair and open ecosystems

We are actively designing future mobility concepts, such as air taxis or the expansion of the EV charging infrastructure for various players and pioneers. A special project has just received the International Architecture Award:

The ultra-fast charging station for E.ON. The concept sets new standards: smart and modular, with integrated sustainable measures, such as photovoltaic systems on the rooftop, charging purely green electricity or the ability of the station to adapt to variable usage scenarios. The first prototype has already been launched in Essen, and further stations in Germany will follow.

Our goal is to create a better world together with our customers. How we do that: Away from insular thinking and closed ecosystems - towards an economically efficient, ecologically sustainable and socially fair infrastructure for new mobility concepts. {…)
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Illustration copyright: Anastasia Hafermaas