Smart City Berlin
Transformation of the city and the electricity grid
E-mobility and electricity grid
Electric mobility is finally starting to take off: Over the next few years, significantly more electric vehicles will be on Berlin’s roads. This means that more electricity will also flow through the power grid to charge the batteries of the vehicles.
What does this mean for the electricity grid? Do new and stronger lines need to be laid? Do substations and distribution stations need to be upgraded? We have already had this examined and are therefore well prepared for all possible future changes.
And we need to be prepared, because reliable supply to households, businesses and public administration is our top priority when it comes to electricity grid operation. So it goes without saying that we comply with our obligation to face future loads on the electricity grid at an early stage. After all, the mobility revolution must not be navigated by sight. We also coordinate with all partners and stakeholders at an early stage and jointly develop concepts to lead e-mobility in Berlin to its ultimate success.
In one of several studies, we examined how the expected expansion of electromobility will affect the power grid. For this purpose, three scenarios were developed for the future transport structure in Berlin.
The need for expansion would be greatest if inner-city traffic were electrified, if the number of vehicles and their frequency of use did not change. With environmentally conscious mobility focusing on public transport, bicycles and foot traffic, the need for expansion would be less great. This also applies to a switch to mobility as a service: In the future, this model will primarily be used for autonomous group taxis in the city. To achieve this, the power grid would have to be expanded to a lesser extent and also at a lower cost.
Another key finding of the study was: An uncontrolled mobility transition could mean delays and wrong investments. Instead, precise technical and city planning specifications are required. To this end, we are in constant discussion with all decision-makers in politics, administration, other infrastructure managers and at the BVG.
With our connection commitment, we are also making an important contribution to making the electricity grid smarter. And a smart grid is extremely important if Berlin is to gradually become a true smart city. This benefits the climate, the regional environment, Berlin companies and the inhabitants of our city.