In order to raise public acceptance of electromobility as a realistic transportation alternative, it is necessary to demonstrate its successful use on an everyday basis in a wide range of social sectors. Therefore, in the project Electromobility for Social Welfare Institutions, electric vehicles will be used by three social services that care daily for up to 5,000 people of different age groups. Above all, the reliability of the technology should be tested and proven through demonstration of long-term and intensive vehicle usage in daily deployment in fleets with high capacity utilisation. In addition, new transportation concepts as well as new business models are to be developed. The findings will influence basic training and advanced training programmes as well as the focus of further research and development work. They are also to contribute to the validation of national and international standardisation activities and to the development and optimisation of the periodical vehicle inspection.
Within the framework of this project, nine series-built electric vehicles, the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Mercedes Vito, are to be tested in everyday operations by three social welfare institutions over a period of three years. By using different vehicle types, the special needs and requirements of each institution are to be taken into account. Simultaneously, a wall-box system charging infrastructure is to be installed and provided with power from renewable energy sources. An on-board telematic system will identify the position of the vehicles and offer new possibilities for efficient fleet control. Additionally, as a result of the linkage to other showcase projects, new business models, for example dynamic car-sharing, are to be developed. As part of the scientific research accompanying this project, data about the relationship between usage and charging times is to be collected. Studies will also be done with the objective to reduce noise and pollutant emissions as well as increase energy efficiency.