The MEISTER project is immersed in testing its e-mobility solutions in the pilot cities of Stockholm (Sweden), Malaga (Spain), and Berlin (Germany).
This May, Berlin began piloting a ‘Smart Park&Charge’ with four parking spots installed in front of public charging stations (two AC and two DC) in the neighbourhood of Kreuzberg. This innovative control system allows EV drivers to use a Neighbourhood App to reserve a charging station, and ensures that the station is kept free for their use. With this intelligent charging infrastructure solution, MEISTER aims to increase efficiency, utilisation and ease of use of e-mobility. In the course of the project, different reservation forms and times will be tested, followed by tests on users’ willingness to pay for the reservation service.
So far, the dedicated MEISTER Neighbourhood-App, which is being used in the Berlin pilot, has been downloaded 36 times, and has several active users, who have each made use of the charging points and the reservable parking spots a few times per week. Especially for heavy users with a tight schedule, like local craftspeople, the service provided by this solution makes charging more reliable.
For its part, Malaga launched its pilot on E-Car Sharing in Municipal Fleets back in March. This solution is an e-car sharing scheme embedded within the city council-owned fleet, which aims to boost the use of the existing electric vehicles among City Council workers. The pilot is currently being carried out with four electric vehicles, to demonstrate and investigate the relationship between use of the municipal e-vehicles for professional purposes and for private use. So far, 38 users have joined the pilot, which is expected to be expanded to attract more users.
The City of Stockholm is electrifying transport for home care services. As part of this work, and within the MEISTER project, the city’s delivery of elderly care is being converted from being done using conventional cars, to making use of 11 electric cars. Two of these are used by staff working three shifts daily, with charging times of a maximum of two hours per day. The pilot focuses on gathering user experiences from driving and charging, as well as the overall benefits and challenges for fleet managers. Additionally, the city has conducted interviews with operators and city officials on e-scooter logistics; the study results are publicly available here.
Keep up to date with the progress of these pilots and their main findings at meisterproject.eu.
Author: Raquel Castán Vidal