Metropol-E: Out and about in Dortmund

The inclusion of electromobility in fleets holds a multitude of advantages in comparison with the use of conventional vehicles alone. Due to the prevailing arguments about high investment costs, long charging times and comparatively low ranges, practical concepts and experiences have failed to be implemented in practice.

Here, the city of Dortmund is making exemplary progress with the "metropol-E" project and has established an inter-modal pooling system that focuses heavily on the integration of electromobility, bicycles and local and long-distance public transport.

Engine for progress:

  • transferable application model
  • saving effects on mobility costs through the use of electromobility
  • inter-modal mobility mix protects the climate
  • increase in the acceptance of new drive technologies

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Photo: Stadt Dortmund-Stefanie Kleemann

10 e-cars, pedelecs and e-scooters were acquired for the development and testing of a municipal fleet concept for the efficient and economic use of electromobility.

Under the premise of achieving the most efficient and economic utilisation possible, the previously decentralised fleet of vehicles has been completely restructured. A mobility centre has also been created, which now centrally manages the fleet.

From electric cars and innovative energy storage

A total of 11 electric vehicles in the Dortmund fleet are charged using 100 per cent green electricity. For this purpose, photovoltaic arrays and mini wind turbines have been connected directly to the new charging points. The electricity produced on-site is not carried away via the network, as is usually the case, but rather temporarily stored in batteries, in order to guarantee the supply for the communal electric vehicles at all times. In addition to further development and testing of these innovative charging technologies and concepts, existing accounting and booking systems also had to be adapted. The newly created reservation and disposition software for the vehicle pool also combines various mobility options (electric cars, public transport, footpaths, bicycles, pedelecs and conventional cars) under consideration of the pollution balance, in order to be able to choose the most efficient mobility type respectively.

Within the context of the project, utilisation of the vehicles has improved considerably due to optimised fleet management. It has, for example, shown that 50 of the formerly 350 conventional vehicles can be saved and that the use of further e-vehicles is purposeful, doable and suitable for everyday use. In the area of operating procedures, a series of instruments and documents (e.g. tender documents, service instructions, process optimisation for the authorisation procedure, data protection agreements) have been prepared, which can be transferred to other municipalities, thus simplifying the integration process for electro mobility.

Photo: RWE

"Our flagship project, metropol-E, has also helped to make Dortmund the most sustainable city in Germany in 2014. The city uses the sun and the wind for transport. To do so, we use an intelligent energy management system."

Claus Fest, Overall Project Leader

Partners and sponsors

  • RWE Effizienz GmbH
  • Stadt Dortmund
  • TU Dortmund
  • PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG
  • TU Berlin
  • Ewald Consulting GmbH & Co. KG

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