In 2009 the German Government has announced the target to get 1 million electric cars on German streets by 2020. To achieve this the concept of "Model Regions Electromobility" (Modellregionen Elektromobilität) was developed. Eight primarily urban regions in Germany should test and demonstrate applications for electric cars, e-bikes and electric delivery vehicles as test beds for vehicle construction and service concepts together with the industry and with end users.
The Aachen region is once again part of the model region Electromobility Rhein-Ruhr, funded by the federal government, with the project eMoVe, headed by the RWTH Aachen Institute of Urban Planning and Transport. The goal of the project is to create framework conditions for an electromobile mobility association, eMoVe, in the region. The project has an entire volume of about 2 million Euros and a funding volume of 1.4 million Euros from the federal government. As a part of the project, business models and processes will be developed and tested, further electric vehicles will be integrated into vehicle fleets, electromobility stations will be set up, and electromobility components for communal planning processes will be worked out. The project also involves current proposals from transport and urban development in Aachen by working with the Aachen Transport Development Plan and the Richtericher Dell construction project. The project partners wish to collectively develop the topic of electromobility and anchor it in the region by June 2015. Project partners include the RWTH Aachen Institute of Urban Planning and Transport, the City of Aachen, ASEAG, AVV, the car-sharing service cambio Aachen, EcoLibro mobility consulting, Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Probst & Consorten marketing consulting, and STAWAG. The RWTH Aachen Institute of Urban Planning and Transport is the lead manager for the project.
Inclusion of Electromobility in Communal Planning Processes
A total of four project components are scheduled. The inclusion of electromobility in communal planning processes is the first project component. One component "electromobility" will be worked out for transport development plans, in order to improve the organizational and legal prerequisites for further expanding electromobility. This will be integrated into the new Aachen Transport Development Plan and designed so that it can be transferred to other cities. Furthermore, a 100 percent e-mobility scenario will be developed for the residential area in Aachen "Richtericher Dell", which is currently be planned. Processes for urban land-use planning and development will be derived from this area to be transferred to other areas.
Integration of Mobility Services
In order to create an electromobile mobility association, the public transportation services, e-car sharing services, motorbike rental systems, e-delivery services, and e-taxes regarding charge, information, and distribution all have to be integrated in another project component. To accomplish this, different models are investigated within eMoVe for their basic applicability in Aachen and how they can be transferred to other regions. User needs and willingness to pay in specific situations will also be empirically investigated. Rate solutions for mobility packages, that can be implemented with existing technical solutions, will be practically tested, and their effects will be evaluated.
Introduction of Electric Vehicles in Vehicle Fleets
A consulting service will be designed for the third project component through close collaboration with businesses. The service will provide support with the introduction of e-vehicles to vehicle fleets. Introduction strategies for reference users such as communal operations, taxi businesses, delivery services, and car sharing services will be developed based on this. Practical help for this introduction will be offered during a workshop for companies. Furthermore, there is also the limited possibility for particularly interested companies to receive individual consulting.
Development of Mobility Stations as Connection Points
E-mobility stations (design, construction, financing) that are compatible with the city will be developed using the results from E-Aix. Prototypes will be constructed in four places with dimensions suitable to their location. The goal is to create a modular basic construction that is v