“Electric City Russelsheim”: Second charging farm connected to the grid

A few weeks ago, the city of Russelsheim am Main put the first of a total of three loading farms into operation – now the second section “An der Berggewann” has started operating. From now on, up to 200 electric vehicles can be charged at 104 charging stations, according to a statement. The charging farm is located in a public car park between the Opel factory premises and the BOllensee housing estate and is therefore less than a kilometer from the city center as the crow flies. Due to its location, the car park ideally serves the needs of both Opel employees who drive electrically and residents of the surrounding residential areas.

Electric City Russelsheim is the result of a consortium made up of the municipality, business and science. The city’s partners include Opel, the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, the municipal housing association gewobau and the mobility consultancy Urban Mobility Innovations (formerly B2M). The common goal is the significant expansion of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics, more than 1,200 charging points will be created within the city of Russelsheim by spring 2022, of which more than 800 will be open to the public.

According to the consortium, the location stands out somewhat from the loading farm on Mainzer Strabe (152 LP) that is already in operation. Accordingly, six charging parking spaces are barrier-free, and there are also parking spaces for electric vehicles without charging facilities in both the eastern and western parts of the area. The parking area “An der Berggewann” has a total of three entrances and exits.

At all Russelsheim charging farms, you can charge at normal charging points with alternating current (AC) and at selected charging stations with a charging capacity of up to 22 kilowatts. Depending on the performance of the charging station, the capacity of the battery and the technology of the electric car, the charging time is between two and four hours.

As it goes on to say, there are various tariff and contract options for charging at the Electric City columns. Green electricity from Stadtwerke Russelsheim flows into the car for spontaneous charging without a contract. A contractual commitment to the public utility company is also possible: Customers can then not only obtain Russelsheim’s green electricity more cheaply, but also fill up at any charging station outside of the “Electric City” that is part of the roaming network of “ladenetz.en” belongs.

In order to authenticate itself for the charging stations, the city of Russelsheim relies on RFID charging cards and payment via the smartphone app from the roaming provider “ladenetz.en”. On the other hand, if you want to draw electricity without a contract, you can authenticate yourself via a website that can be accessed via a QR code attached to the charging station. A “Plug&Charge” variant with billing directly via the charging electronics of the e-cars is in preparation.

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