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Opel Engineering Centre to receive over 160 charging stations for EV research

Opel will use the chargers to develop an optimised intelligent charging system

The Engineering Centre at Opel’s company headquarters in Rüsselsheim will become a laboratory for electric-mobility. Together with Kassel University, along with charging infrastructure specialists FLAVIA IT and PLUG’n CHARGE, the carmaker will conduct research into the ideal setup of the electricity grid for the future.

The three-year project “E-Mobility-LAB Hessen” is scheduled to receive support from the Hessian Ministry for Economy, Energy, Transport and State Development with funds provided by the European Regional Development Fund.

In return, Opel will set up an intelligent charging and infrastructure system for electric cars in its Engineering Centre. Installation of the first charging stations at the Opel site in Rüsselsheim and the test centre in Rodgau-Dudenhofen will start in a few months.

In total, more than 160 charging stations, which will charge the electric car fleet of the Engineering Centre in future, will be created.

Extensive and well-founded simulations of numerous scenarios will be possible based on actual data, ensuring the transferability of the results. The concept was developed together with House of Energy, the think tank of the Hessian energy transition.

This is a further milestone on Opel’s journey to playing a leading role in electric-mobility – a clear goal of the PACE! strategic plan. The Rüsselsheim-based carmaker will have four electrified models in its portfolio by the end of 2020.

“Opel will be electric. We are now creating the required charging infrastructure at our Engineering Centre in Rüsselsheim and simultaneously supporting politics and the authorities in the creation of an appropriate charging infrastructure. One thing is clear: electric-mobility will only be a success if vehicle development and expansion of the charging infrastructure go hand in hand,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.

The share of EVs in the manufacturer’s development area will reflect a mobility situation as expected for 2035. With this the project partners want to gain valuable insights into the charging behaviour and requirements relating to the network expansion.

Charging current and charging time are adapted according to the particular use of the development vehicles with the help of an intelligent control system. This smart infrastructure will ensure that the entire fleet is always charged appropriately despite the high energy demands of the EVs – and all this with a minimum expansion of the existing electricity grid.

“The energy transition is underway, now we need to make progress with the transport transition, especially in Hesse where around half of the energy demand can be attributed to transport. That is why we are driving electric-mobility by, amongst others, the widespread support for charging infrastructure. We are delighted that a Hessian carmaker in Opel will be playing an innovative and guiding part in developing the mobility of tomorrow,” said Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal State of Hesse Tarek Al-Wazir.

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