The joint LINOx BW project is dedicated to roll out charging infrastructure with the aim to improve air quality quickly and sustainably. The Baden-Württemberg Association of Towns and Cities (STBW) is heading up a group of 16 of 24 municipalities in the state where nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels exceed the prescribed limits. Joining forces in a venture funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), they are investigating several options to expand charging infrastructure, including wall boxes as well as DC and AC charging stations with various power ratings. These are to be deployed in underground and multistory garages, private and company parking lots, at roadside locations, and so on. The idea is to encourage the use of electric vehicles to reduce emissions and thus the air pollution caused by traffic in cities and metropolitan areas. Not only can air quality be improved through this project, it also integrates cost-effective, economically viable charging infrastructure into the distribution network.
The goal is to set up 2,200 charging points in 130 locations to take place from 2017 to 2022. More than 1,000 charging points have already been rolled out in the NOx consortium’s towns. ZSW Managing Director Prof. Frithjof Staiß has pointed out that charging infrastructure is an essential user requirement and the key to a high level of acceptance. The LINOx BW project is driving the transition to electric cars and greatly increasing their suitability for everyday use by making charging points available in parking garages, residential buildings, and employee and company parking lots.
The institutes Stadt|Mobilität|Energie (ISME) and the ZSW are on board as research partners. ISME is analyzing planning processes and user preferences in various use cases, taking local conditions into account. The ZSW is investigating the effects on grid utilization and looking into load and charging management options.