Rüsselsheim To Become “Electric City”

 

“Opel goes electric! Obviously a massive extension of the charging infrastructure at our headquarters is important.”

– Michael Lohscheller –

Opel’s hometown of Rüsselsheim am Main will become “Electric City”. Rüsselsheim, Opel and the RheinMain University are driving the extension of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics, the installation of around 1,300 charging stations across the city will commence in the upcoming months. The ambitious project, for which the partners have received the official grants totalling around €12.8 million, will be realised in multiple steps by 2020.

Opel’s contribution to the project includes parking areas, which will be fitted with 600 charging points and be accessible to the public after completion of the work. Furthermore, charging points will be installed at 350 parking spots for the Opel company car fleet. “Opel goes electric! This promise is a core pillar of our PACE! strategic plan. And obviously a massive extension of the charging infrastructure at our Rüsselsheim headquarters is important. This is the consistent continuation of our electro offensive,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.

Thanks to the involvement of RheinMain Univeristy, the city of Rüsselsheim will become an urban laboratory for electro-mobility unparalleled in Germany. In the process, technical topics such as supply stability and network integration, along with socio-economic aspects such as mobility behaviour will be examined. The data on the charging behaviour will enable the scientists to predict future demands placed on the electricity network.


1,300

charging points will be set up in the city area. These will be located in all districts and residential areas, on the Opel premises, on the campus of RheinMain University or on the parking areas of selected supermarkets.

72

residents in Rüsselsheim will be supplied per publicly accessible charging point, thus creating the highest density of charging stations in relation to the number of inhabitants in all of the European Union.

600

charging points will be installed on parking areas provided by Opel for the joint project. Furthermore, charging points will be installed at 350 parking spots for the Opel company car fleet.


December 2018

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