The convergence of energy and mobility is an endeavor that has the potential to revolutionise the automotive industry and its subsidiaries across sectors, says Jan-Oliver Roehrl.
The world today is moving towards rapid urbanisation, with living conditions evolving at a similarly rapid pace. While private and public organisations alike are powering this change in the current scenario, the challenge today is to find ways to harness new technologies to sustain the momentum. Keeping this in mind, transformation in terms of energy and mobility solutions in the automotive industry is of prime importance to ensure that cities are well prepared for future innovation. Industry 4.0 is undoubtedly the prime candidate to aid in this scenario.
Champion electric vehicle usage: EVs provide cities with a major advantage from an environmental standpoint by drastically reducing CO2 emissions. Championing their use over personal vehicles in the form of electric taxis and Pictographpublic transport services will add to this environmental advantage by creating new services for customers and creating new jobs in the process.
Build charging infrastructure to pre-empt future mobility solutions: Creating more charging points along major highways and transportation lines is another way EV usage can be encouraged in a structural sense. Such solutions would increase the reliability of EV modules and lead to better asset utilization of the overall system.
The convergence of energy and mobility is an endeavor that has the potential to revolutionise the automotive industry and its subsidiaries across sectors. Hence, a strategic approach is required to maximise this potential, especially by urban planners and policy makers. With the rise of new business models for mobility by drivers and fleet operators and a digitised, decentralised system within the energy sector, it will finally be possible for cities and citizens to tread the path towards smart city transformation.