Munich's first "smart" e‑mobility station goes live
Four new e‑mobility stations in Munich's model smart city district of Neuaubing-Westkreuz have now gone into service. For the first time, the stations provide all of local transport utility MVG's modular e‑mobility offerings, complete with e‑car sharing using vehicles from STATTAUTO. New additions in Munich include the MVG e‑bike, the MVG e‑trike and the fact that mobility offerings are now combined with district sharing boxes. Deputy Mayor Josef Schmid joined with City Councillor Prof. Dr.(I) Elisabeth Merk, MVG chief Ingo Wortmann and various other project partners to publicly unveil the e‑mobility stations.
What the new e‑mobility stations have to offer
The e‑mobility stations mark a milestone in the "Smarter Together Munich" project. Their objective is to establish electromobility (e‑mobility) as an integral aspect of everyday life while also dovetailing it with the local public transport network. The services available make all the benefits of e‑mobility available for hire and on demand: Users no longer need to own their own vehicle. MVG bikes and MVG e‑bikes are already available for hire. In the future, the same will go for utility e‑trikes and the e‑vehicles that have now been added to the STATTAUTO fleet. Each mobility station also boasts green electricity charging points supplied by local power utility SWM and a large touch-screen information panel. The district sharing boxes include cooled, refrigerated and ambient-temperature boxes that can be used by companies and private individuals alike. They serve as delivery points for stores participating in the program – including local retailers – and as lockers for short-term storage and/or sharing with others. Local startup emmasbox is partnering with SWM and MVG to design and operate the boxes. The first cooperation partner to sign up was online supermarket Getnow.
The digital information panels at the stations provide guidance and details of what is available. Munich's SmartCity app likewise provides a seamless digital overview of all modules. Portal München Betriebs-GmbH & Co. KG, the company that operates Munich's official city portal muenchen.de, is continuing to develop and improve the SmartCity app on behalf of the City of Munich and SWM/MVG.