On the 5th of March BSR electric and ATI Küste organised an inspiring workshop in the Porschewerk in Leipzig, aiming at knowledge and experience transfer of different e-mobility applications on land, water and in the air. Impressive insights were provided on new developments in the fields of battery electric ferries and airplanes. A very nice example for successful implementation of e-mobility to water bound transport was demonstrated by Weiße Flotte GmbH.
Starting the operation of solar powered e-ferries for public transport in Berlin in 2014, Weiße Flotte is now transporting around 400.000 passengers a year CO2-free, generating about 40% of the required energy directly on the ferries via solar panels. According to Rainer Garbe from Weiße Flotte a key factor to effective operation of e-vehicles is proper staff training and scrutinizing old behavior patterns. Many operational mistakes happen, because the differences in handling electrical engines and combustion engines are underestimated and e-vehicle specific principles are neglected. An example: When falling behind schedules, captains were accustomed to use the velocity of diesel ferries to full capacity. However, the same behavior can lead to drastically diminished range of e-ferries and lead to increased ageing and failure of the batteries due to the high accelerations. Therefore, monitoring the operation of e-vehicles, continuous training and measuring the effects of the staff training is paramount when implementing e-mobility projects.
In conclusion, the workshop demonstrated the importance of inter-disciplinary knowledge exchange and networking. More details about the workshop can be found in the pdf attached here- bsrel_cshipp-workshop-leipzig-agenda-info-deu