Enhancing urban quality of life - a new ecological understanding

Young talent and qualified workers are moving to the cities because, in contrast to rural regions, they offer better prospects for the future. A sharp population decline is predicted for eastern Germany in particular. According to forecasts, some counties in the state of Brandenburg could lose around a third of their population by 2035.

 

The advantages of the city

Large cities attract the "creative class" and offer jobs in areas such as design, advertising, marketing, music, architecture and art. In Germany, the cultural and creative industries are an enormous economic factor, along with the healthcare, mechanical engineering and automotive industries. In many regions, cities also offer the only opportunity for further education at renowned research institutions or universities.

The increase in population means that new hospitals, doctors' surgeries, supermarkets and daycare centers have to be created, and the transport infrastructure also needs to be optimized. In the course of urbanization, we must ask ourselves how we can increase the quality of life in cities and create a new ecological understanding to make cities more sustainable and cleaner. This includes, for example, regenerative urban planning with climate-positive greening, the creation of green quiet zones and vertical gardens, and the optimization of sustainable mobility concepts. In addition to the increasing offer of eCarsharing, the expansion of public transport and the creation of cycling fast lanes, electromobility plays a central role.

 

Even if there are debates about whether motorized individual transport will exist at all in the distant future, a combination of classic and alternative forms of mobility must be offered now. It is not (yet) possible to do without individual transportation altogether: Only a few residential areas are infrastructurally designed in such a way that it is no longer necessary to have one's own car. In addition, many occupational groups are dependent on their own car, for example because they work in sales or commute to rural areas without public transport connections.

At Mer, we want to make electromobility more accessible in cities and encourage more people to switch. Why is it important that we radically reduce CO2 emissions in cities? Because urban areas cover only two percent of the earth's surface, but they produce 75 percent of the world's greenhouse gases. The current challenge is to optimize existing structures in cities, even though the basic infrastructure and buildings already exist. In other words, sustainable mobility offerings must be integrated into the existing "hardware" of a city.

 

Store in the underground garage

At Mer, we have launched eeFlatNeo, an innovative product that allows our drivers to charge in their own garage, on the road at a freeway service station or at the company site. However, not everyone has their own house with a garage - about a third of the German population lives in large cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants.

That's why, in addition to e-car sharing, we now also offer the option of charging the electric vehicle in the underground parking garage. For residents of multi-apartment buildings, we have developed our latest product, eeApartment. We bring renewable energy to the individual parking spaces in the underground garage, regardless of whether there are 20 or 150 parking spaces. eeApartment is a viable charging solution for property managers, owner associations and housing companies looking for a uniform charging solution for their properties.

As with our eeFlatNeo, we want to go one step further with eeApartment and also move the charging process to the nighttime hours. This means that we only charge the vehicles when a particularly large amount of clean electricity is fed into the grid. Another advantage of eeApartment: Where many cars are charging, a lot of renewable energy can also be stored. In the "smart grid" of the future, the electric car will act as a mobile battery to store excess energy and feed it back into the grid when needed. With our innovative products, we at Mer are already working today to pave the way for the smart grid of the future. We know that the next years and decades will determine how future generations will live on this planet.  

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