There is a lot of talk about electric cars but have you ever heard of options on your company’s site such as charging your car, automatically booking with your work schedule or charging with your movie ticket? These and many other factors could be realized in the future: Jean-Christoph Haine, Head of Global Future Grids at Siemens Smart Infrastructure based on infrastructure complementary interactions with buildings.

But let’s go back for a moment: In terms of receiving acceptance, comfort and access to the charging point are important factors for electric vehicle (EV) drivers. Therefore, charging options should be available wherever electric cars are parked for long periods of time and EVs should always be charged on time. This comment sends a lot of communities, construction operators and companies on their own unlikely journey.

Combine existing ones with new ones to take advantage of untapped opportunities

Although eMobility adoption requirements may vary, all actors in the building sector face the same big challenge. At the same time, building operators share a common goal of reducing energy consumption (as well as operating costs). The cost can be avoided by combining the renewable energy generated on the site with smart charging and easily configuring the charging infrastructure with well-known devices that follow a streamlined process.

Take a closer look at four different usage issues and different, often challenging requirements.

1. The premises of the company

Call the typical company space into your mind, and it includes two office buildings, often energy-intensive production facilities, and perhaps on-site energy production, for example, with photovoltaic roofs. Then there will be a lot of parking space that is compatible with the charging infrastructure. And on the other hand, as the number of companies that choose to generate electricity for their companies increases, they need to pay on-site – but in some cases fast, for example, sales representatives who need to go on business trips. And their customers can stop and charge their EVs at different times of the day.

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2. Multi-tenant buildings

Next, consider a typical residential complex or multi-tenant building, for example, with about ten storeys and an underground parking lot. The challenge is to integrate multiple charging points and connect them often at the same time – for example, after work, electricity is provided for any dinner with electric cooking and multimedia gadgets. EVA may be needed again to go out at night, or it may be idle for two days – the use of a private car is very unpredictable. In addition, the typical residential underground parking is not equipped with a power connection that can adequately control the additional load generated by the charging points.

3. Fill in the destination

Unemployment is spent in malls, sports centers or multiplex cinemas, which include large parking spaces that require hundreds of charging points. During business hours, people come and go at their leisure, and the time when single vehicles stop and fill up is completely random. Once a game or movie is over, everyone wants to drive home at the same time.

4. Complex infrastructure

Finally, consider complex infrastructure, such as the airport. These often have large parking spaces for short periods of time. Vehicles can take two minutes or a maximum of eight hours. Then there is the long-distance parking lot where all the cars are parked. Fast charging points are needed for taxis to resume operations as soon as possible. When it comes to public transportation, there are airport buses in the depot that pay according to their schedule. Lastly, don’t forget the buses that need to be filled at the airport… All of these very different charging infrastructures come with their unique requirements.

Energy infrastructure that complements user applications

The good news is that there is a common approach that meets all these complex requirements: This energy infrastructure is a user-friendly integration of eMobility solutions with existing building management solutions that meet user applications.

Technically, there is no problem in integrating infrastructure filling controls with existing building management solutions. And there are endless possibilities for users to seamlessly integrate. How to integrate payment into a flexible and staffed work schedule, make sure their vehicle is fully charged when they go to an appointment, or how to charge a charging point at the same time and in the same application as a movie ticket…

This kind of smart relationship between eMobility and the construction management system not only increases usability but is also critical to energy management. The increased load allows it to be managed efficiently and tailored to the business or residential building and the needs of the occupants. For example, take long-term parking at the airport. So, in addition to providing the infrastructure, enabling smart charging is key – it brings comfort to the EV driver and economics and stress-free operation for the building owner.

“A successful mobility journey begins with an understanding of existing infrastructure, general requirements, and the needs of construction users.”

A successful mobility journey begins with an understanding of existing infrastructure, general requirements, and the needs of construction users. The integration of intelligence into existing (or new) building management solutions and tools facilitates the kind of flexibility that makes immortality successful. This integrated approach makes use of existing buildings and infrastructure key to accelerating carbon emissions.

Head of Global Future Grid at Siemens Smart Infrastructure

About the author

Jean-Christoph Haine, Head of Global Grids at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Erlanden