Stuttgart, Germany

Episode: #28 MAHLE chargeBIG: EV Charging or "Leading by Example"

Guests Sebastian Ewert, CEO and Founder of MAHLE chargeBIG, and Alexander Schmidt, CEO and Founder at BABLE


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Summaries of Key Takeaways:  

  • Innovative Charging Solutions: Sebastian Ewert discusses the inception of ChargeBIG, focusing on smart, scalable charging infrastructure for EVs, aimed at addressing the grid's limitations and promoting efficient energy use.
  • Sustainable Mobility Vision: Insights into the future of urban mobility, emphasizing electric, autonomous vehicles, and the integration of EVs into smart city concepts.
  • Challenges in EV Adoption: The conversation highlights hurdles in EV adoption, including public perception, infrastructure needs, and the balance between fast and destination charging solutions.
  • Policy and Industry Collaboration: Ewert stresses the importance of collaboration between industry leaders, policymakers, and the public to accelerate the transition to electric mobility.
  • Technological and Social Impacts: The discussion delves into how EV charging infrastructure can lead to broader societal changes, including reduced emissions and enhanced urban living spaces.


“To you, what is a Smart City?”

Sebastian Ewert: “A smart cities is where everything is interconnected. So in terms of people, infrastructure, information, technology, all of that needs to be interconnected at, in, it can start with parking, traffic lights, public transport, and so on. So interconnection is, from my point of view, the important part of a smart city. And, uh, yeah, to do that properly, uh, interconnecting, um, the municipals, the people, um, this is important to have a smart city.”