The exhibition Power2Drive showcases charging solutions and technologies for electric vehicles and reflects the interaction between electric vehicles and a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy supply. It is an industry hotspot for suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and start-ups in the emerging field of electric mobility and transportation. Our goal is to help companies to develop and distribute technologies and business in the field of traction batteries, charging infrastructure and electric vehicles and to push forward a sustainable future mobility.
About 10,700 public charging points on 4,730 charging stations are available to everybody who is driving on a German road. 530 of them are quick-charging stations. This was the official status as of September 2017. Preliminary estimates of the German association of energy and water suppliers (bdew) say that by the end of 2017 this number will have increased to even 12,500 charging points and 850 quick-charging points. The German ministry of transport plans to cooperate with "Autobahn Tank & Rast", a German highway restaurant and gas station company to equip all of this company's service stations along German highways with quick-charging stations and parking lots for electric vehicles. more
There are plans to increase the charging rate during long-distance trips. This is one of the reasons why several manufacturers are working on solutions for high power charging (HPC) with values up to 350 kilowatts. In comparison: This is three times the power that Tesla uses in his super charger with 120 kilowatts. The HPC focuses also on higher voltages. Future systems will then use even 800 volts instead of 230 volts or 400 volts. This has quite a few advantages: The charging time will decrease and the cable diameters required will be reduced and thus the weight of the components installed in a vehicle.
Digitalization and decentralization are changing the face of the energy world for good. Renewable energy has become a crucial part of our energy supply system, with global investments in renewables surpassing those made in fossil energy sources for the first time in 2015. If renewable energy is to compete against conventional sources of energy, it is not enough to simply improve how it is generated. Instead, the fields of generation, energy storage, distribution and consumption must be connected seamlessly and intelligently.
In order to give all these aspects the attention they deserve, the organizers of Intersolar and ees are taking the logical step of combining all topics and events concerning the new energy world under a new umbrella called The smarter E.