Sustainable mobility

Expansion of charging infrastructure for electric mobility in municipalties, communities and companies

The charging infrastructure for tomorrow's mobility must be planned today! Energy consumption and emissions in the transport sector have not yet fallen significantly. Decisive action is required now to achieve the climate protection targets of the German government.  With the recent significant increase in electro mobility, important steps have already been taken.  However, a significant expansion of charging is essential. Fraunhofer IFAM can actively support both - municipalities and companies - that plan and operate charging stations. 


Systematically identify economic locations for charging stations

The expansion of the charging infrastructure requires a systematic strategic approach. Many municipalities and communities still have potential for optimization in this field. The economic performance of charging station locations is a decisive factor. By analyzing socio-economic data as well as geo-information and scenarios, the experts at Fraunhofer IFAM can examine the economic aspects of various locations and give recommendations.

With suitable individual concepts, municipalities can ensure that the charging needs of future electric vehicles are met. For these concepts, it is particularly relevant to identify the already existing charging infrastructure and to locate the stock of EVs spatially to find optimal places for new charging stations. Based of scenarios for the expansion of electromobility and the demand for charging infrastructure, Fraunhofer IFAM can also illustrate the future development until 2030 and 2050.


Requirements for charging stations for EVs are diverse

From research projects we have a lot of experience of what users expect from charging infrastructure. . This enables us to support the design of user-friendly charging locations and thus increase their performance. In particular, we take into account different usage profiles.

Within the "Cities in Charge" project, which installed charging stations in more than 30 districts across Germany, we investigated charging locations and their use, and analyzed technical challenges in the expansion process. The project provided many insights in this regard. In order to better take into account the needs of users for the further expansion of the charging infrastructure, an online survey was conducted in 2020 directly on site at the charging stations installed in the project.

Based on this expertise, our employees improve their existing tools continuously to identify attractive locations for our customers. 


Evaluation of emission reduction

We have many years of experience in determining the effects of various climate protection measures. The main goal of the expansion of the charging infrastructure and e-mobility is the reduction of emissions. Fraunhofer IFAM has developed its own calculation method to show the reduction of CO2 and NOx emissions due to the development of charging infrastructure. This enables us to demonstrate the contribution of the new charging infrastructure - for individual cities, as well as for entire districts. 


Mobility concepts for 2030 and 2050

Services we provide help you to expand the charging infrastructure in your municipalities and districts:

  • Identification and spatial allocation of charging infrastructure and electric vehicles
  • Development of scenarios for the expansion of e-mobility and the need for charging infrastructure involving local stakeholders
  • Recommendations for the expansion of the charging infrastructure, taking into account different usage profiles
  • Spatial representation of the existing and future charging infrastructure
  • Development of individual tools for the identification of attractive locations
  • Identification of the first implementation steps and the necessary framework
  • Analyses of existing locations and recommendations for their improvement and user friendliness 


Our contribution to the sustainable mobility of tomorrow

Awareness of sustainable development moves over 400 scientists at Fraunhofer IFAM in their research work. Dr. Karin Jahn and Sönke Stührmann support you in planning your charging infrastructure and work with you to develop a successful implementation strategy.