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Abstract

Mobility is an important aspect in our daily life and has a deep impact on a multitude of societal factors. For nearly 120 years, we have been heavily relying on fossil energy sources. This trend may not be sustainable in the coming decades due to shortage of resources as well as ambitious goals for environmental protection. In this situation, electric vehicles could play a key role in maintaining our high level of individual mobility. After an introduction briefly depicting the motivation for change, this paper presents a state of the art analysis of the concepts driving increased deployment of electric vehicles. Based on an estimated rollout scenario of electric mobility (e-mobility) in Germany we discuss its impact on the electricity distribution grid. An algorithm for estimating energy demands caused by electric vehicles in time and location is proposed. Movement scenarios are investigated, and key parameters are defined as a baseline for this algorithm. © 2011 Alcatel-Lucent.