The MEISTER project is developing smart e-mobility services for urban areas, working primarily on three pilot sites. One of these is in Berlin (Germany), and its work there – which focuses on e-car-sharing services and smart park and charge - has now entered its demonstration phase.
The pilot aims to boost and facilitate collaboration between charging point operators, e-mobility providers, housing companies, and the local authority in designing and implementing new business models that combine e-car-sharing and parking and charging services in public and semi-public spaces.
The pilots are located in three residential neighbourhoods served by the municipal housing company Gewobag. In Falkenberg and Wohnpark Mariendorf, tenants can use an e-car-sharing service located right in front of their doors. Registration, booking, and opening of the cars is done using the MEISTER Neighbourhood Mobility app.
In the first two months of the trial, the 117 registered users traveled 2581km using the electric cars, with the average booking time three-and-a-half hours. Besides this, residents could travel more efficiently to their destinations by using the MEISTER Mobility Display for Housing Companies. This display provides different real-time information on various mobility services, such as charging infrastructure, car-sharing, bike-sharing, and departure times for public transport.
The third demonstration site, Lindenstraße, focuses on smart park and charge. This combines parking barriers (digitally controllable) and charging infrastructure to test the implementation and acceptance of app-controllable parking barriers in front of public charging infrastructure in semi-public parking spaces.
In the upcoming demonstration phase, which will start at the beginning of 2021, users of the public charging infrastructure will use the above-mentioned app to reserve and book parking spots in front of charging points.
The pilots focus on increasing the user-friendliness of charging processes and mobility possibilities of people in both inner-city and peripheral areas. Promoting electric vehicle use will reduce local CO2, NOx and noise emissions, and increase vehicle turnover at charging points through more efficient usage and less unauthorised parking.
The business models will be available to residents of the three neighborhoods involved, as well as regular and new users of the charging points in the inner-city area.
Find out more about MEISTER on its website.
Authors: Raquel Castán Vidal, Patricia Bellver Muñoz