The world is currently undergoing an energy transition towards sustainable and clean energy sources. The ongoing mobility transition towards electrified mobility solutions is one main contributor to the energy transition. With the increasing demand for battery electric vehicles relying on electrical energy grids, the need to build bridges between the energy and mobility sectors in technological, commercial and legal matters is bigger than ever.
One of the crucial aspects of this bridge is the development and enablement of a highly available and performant charging infrastructure in on-road and off-road applications. Providing convenient and reliable charging options is key in societal change management. Our charging infrastructure forecasts indicate a significant increase in the number of charging stations globally over the next decade with quite heterogenous characterizations and very specific challenges across the major markets. Legislation and regulatory incentives take additional impact on local market development. Governments worldwide are implementing regulatory incentives to encourage the adoption of EVs and the development of charging infrastructure. Being aware of these characteristics, challenges and legislation enables selecting the right actions in the right places at the right point of time.
Currently, value chains are being formed from manufacturing of EVSE to trading to installation services to technical and commercial operation to energy trading and beyond. Each value-added step is more than a simple market role managed along sophisticated process models – it is enabler for up- and cross-selling from associated business. Each value-added step offers a unique business opportunity for diverse market players – even from industries beyond the energy and mobility sector.
In conclusion, building a bridge between the energy and mobility sectors is essential for the transition towards sustainable and clean energy sources. The development, roll-out and operation of charging infrastructure whilst taking energy economic challenges like grid capacity and fluctuation of renewable energy sources into account is a critical component of this bridge. By keeping up with the latest charging technology trends, regulatory incentives, and customer expectations, these arising challenges can become basis for sustainable business, driving growth in both sectors and providing a valuable experience for your customers.