The Mobility House is helping the ASB’s fleet of caregivers’ vehicles towards an emissions-free future
At the Worker’s Samaritan Federation (ASB), an aid and welfare organization in Munich, the caregivers drive to their customers in electric cars. The fleet currently consists of three E-Smarts and four Renault Zoes. The existing petrol models are being successively replaced with electric cars. “All the employees like the small, manoeuvrable vehicles. They enjoy the fact that they no longer need to drive to the petrol station — instead, they get out of the car in the underground car park, plug the car in, and are finished in eight seconds”, says Christian Boenisch, CEO of the Munich ASB.
Even if all the electric cars are charging in the car park at the same time, Christian Boenisch has no need to worry about the lights going out in the offices, ambulance station or the adjacent car workshop. The building near Westpark was built in the 1980s and the electrical connection is not designed for charging multiple electric cars. It is exactly this type of situation for which the Munich technology company The Mobility House created its intelligent charging and energy management system. Local controls ensure that the available capacity is not exceeded and that it is divided evenly among the cars. “But we can also give individual cars priority for charging so that they are ready to be used more quickly”, says Boenisch.
At the same time, the charging and energy management ensures that sufficient energy is available to meet the needs of the rest of the building. “Our solution avoids expensive peak loads by spreading the charging process out over the whole night”, says Marcus Fendt, managing director of The Mobility House. This saves users around €6,500 per year in service charges. The locally installed system includes a graphical user interface on the computer. The ASB employees can easily see which cars are currently being charged, how much energy is being consumed and when the batteries will be fully charged — all without any technical know-how. The system is monitored around the clock and a support hotline staffed by experts at the Munich office is also available to quickly provide solutions for any questions that may arise. The Mobility House’s website also offers information about the service conditions for the charging and energy management system.
“What we particularly appreciate is the manufacturer-independent and forward-looking approach that The Mobility House takes”, Boenisch says in summary. The existing charging connectors from Alfen and Keba were integrated into the charging management system. ASB has switched to electric cars and green energy in order to pursue their goals in the area of sustainability, among other things. In the medium term, they plan to install photovoltaic cells on the roof of the building. This will allow the batteries in the electric cars to be charged directly with solar power or be used for energy storage.
With over 70,000 members, the Munich ASB is one of the largest welfare and aid organisations in Bavaria. Along with emergency services, patient transport and intensive care transport, it also provides a crisis intervention team (KIT-Munich) and civil protection services. The ASB provides services for senior citizens in the form of ambulant care and residential projects such as Wohnen im Viertel [Living in the Neighbourhood], which promotes independent living for people requiring care or mobility assistance. ASB was given the top rating by the consumer guide Stiftung Warentest for emergency call response.