E-Mobility puts pressure on grid operators

Everybody is talking about electric mobility solutions and consumers are increasingly opting for an electric car. However, the low-voltage grid in Germany is not designed for the growing number of electric vehicles. This means that if the German electricity suppliers do not act now, there is a threat of nationwide power failures from 2032. An alternative to the costly expansion of the grid is to make charging processes more flexible.

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular, especially because they meet the expectations of many citizens for clean and climate-friendly mobility. However, the electricity grid in Germany is being shaken by the rising e-car quota. In areas where e-mobility is most popular, there will be regular power outages in five to ten years' time, and from 2032 this is expected to happen nationwide. Oliver Wyman has analyzed the challenges posed by increasing electrification in the "E-Mobility Blackout" report. Up to 11 billion euros will be needed to expand the grid in order to ensure the electricity supply in the future. However, the analysis identifies a far more profitable and economical alternative to conventional expansion: a smart transition to flexible charging. If the regulatory framework necessary for this is created, immense savings are possible and network expansion becomes unnecessary. It is now up to the grid operators to take action in order to be able to secure the German power supply in the future.