Power2Drive: E-mobility meets the energy industry
E-mobility is an essential cornerstone of the energy transition. When fueled by electricity from renewable sources, electric vehicles represent the climate-friendly mobility solution of the future.
As a result, close collaboration between the energy and transportation sectors is a driving force on the road to the new energy world. This is precisely where Power2Drive Europe comes in, as the new exhibition for e-mobility and charging technologies. At its premiere from June 20–22, 2018 in Munich, this platform for the future will be dedicated to the interplay between e-mobility and environmentally friendly energy supply. With this premiere, Power2Drive Europe becomes one of four energy exhibitions under the new umbrella brand “The smarter E” for exhibitions and events relating to renewable and smart energy solutions.
Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, with the number of electric cars worldwide passing the two million mark at the end of 2016. By 2030, up to 50 million cars will be on the road, according to an estimate by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). However, this increase in demand for clean mobility solutions cannot be fulfilled by just the vehicles themselves. There is also a need for comprehensive charging infrastructure with a sufficient number of charging stations and technologies in order to make electric charging attractive for users.
Owners of electric vehicles can currently charge their car at over 50,000 charging points in Europe. The latest statistics from the German Federal Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) reveal that Germany alone is home to approximately 10,700 such points. With around a million e-cars predicted to be on the road in Germany by 2020, the industry association forecasts demand for 70,000 public charging points and 7,000 supercharging stations.
E-mobility is also a driving force of the solar industry, where the automotive and energy sectors are closer together than anywhere else. This is precisely where Power2Drive Europe comes in, closing the gap between the energy and transportation sectors. Instead of feeding excess power generated by PV installations into the grid, this power could alternatively be used to charge electric vehicles. Politics must play a role here by promoting the growth of e-mobility by extending development efforts to the field of renewable energies.