Opel Russelsheim explores charging infrastructure of the future

Opel Russelsheim explores charging infrastructure of the future-opel

Opel Russelsheim converts the development center at the headquarters to the real laboratory for electromobility. Together with the University of Kassel and the two companies specialized on charging infrastructure FLAVIA IT and PLUG’N BARGE will be researched the optimal construction of the power grid of the future. On three years, the future project “E-Mobility-Lab Hesse” is designed and should be promoted by the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and National Development with Means of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The basis of the research will be an intelligent loading and infrastructure system for electric vehicles in Russelsheim. The installation of the first charging columns on the Opel terrain in Russelsheim and the test center in Rodgau-Dudenhofen starts in just a few months.

It is planned that more than 160 charging points arise where the E-fleet of the Development Center can be loaded in the future. Based on the resulting real data, extensive and informed simulations of a variety of scenarios are enabled. This ensures the transferability of the results. The concept was developed together with the thinking industry of the Hessian Energiewende House of Energy.

Opel Russelsheim explores charging infrastructure of the future-future

For Opel, this project is another milestone on the way to take a leading role in e-mobility. Under the umbrella of the French carconzern PSA, Opel will continue to seek a leadership role at low CO2 emissions. For this purpose, one continues to be used on efficient combustions, but will change in the long term, but above all on partial and fully electric models. The Opel GT X Experimental gave an outlook for the electrified future of Opel in August.

A total of four electrified models should be on the road by the end of 2020. Furthermore, these should help to significantly increase demand for E vehicles. By 2024, each model of Opel will also be available in an electrified variant.

“Opel becomes electric. Here in Russelsheim we now create the necessary charging infrastructure in our development center. Thus, we support the efforts of politics and authorities to promote the establishment of a reasonable loading infrastructure. Because it is clear: the electromobility will only be successful when vehicle development and the expansion of the charging infrastructure go hand in hand.”- Michael Lohscheller, CEO Opel

The proportion of electric vehicles in the manufacturer’s development range will mapped a mobility situation as expected in 2035. So the project partners want to receive valuable findings about the loading behavior and the requirements for network expansion.

Is scheduled that in the development center Russelsheim charging current and time to the respective use of developing vehicles can be adapted with the help of an intelligent control system. The goal here is that the entire fleet, despite the high energy requirement of electric vehicles, is loaded at any time as needed. And though the power grid is only minimally expanded. Also, this data will help to map a wide variety of charging situations of the future.

“A climatic traffic system is necessary and possible and Hesse has the claim to be a pioneer of the road. Therefore, the state government for electromobility is involved, among other things, by the nationwide promotion of charging infrastructure. We are pleased that with Opel a Hessian car manufacturer creates the mobility of tomorrow innovatively.”- Tarek Al-Wazir, Hessian Minister of Transport and Deputy Prime Minister

In addition to the electrification of the Rossenheimer Development Center, a modular battery storage is installed in the Testzentrum Rodgau-Dudenhofen, which reuses vehicle batteries of the Opel Ampera to temporarily store electricity.

Opel Russelsheim explores charging infrastructure of the future-future

Thus, Opel also pursues a second life use “old” batteries, such as BMW and Daimler have been fooling for some time to balance consumption peaks and thus stabilize the power grid. A total of 18 vehicle batteries are reused in the battery memory, whose storage capacity could be supplied with electricity for a four-person household one month.

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