Sustainable load management is a top management priority
After installing several charging stations for electric vehicles, authorized BMW dealer Widmann und Winterholler is implementing Digital Energy Solutions‘ Energy Monitor to strike the perfect balance between the triangle of cost control, security of supply and sustainability in energy management.
Implementation and initial operation of charging solutions for electric vehicles and dynamic load management
Implementation at the Dachau, Fürstenfeldbruck, Herrsching, Weilheim, Farchant, Füssen, Kaufbeuren sites in 2018
Customer centricity is a top priority in implementing electric charging solutions
Public charging stations at car parks enable customers and prospects to fast-charge their electric vehicles
Energy Monitor provides an overview of all charging transactions across all sites
Dynamic load management ensures the full utilization of the network connection capacity
These solutions from Digital Energy Solutions were used
Just the right charging station is selected from the hardware portfolio, depending on usage scenario, required output and available space.
Installation & maintenance
Installation & maintenance The delivery, scheduling, maintenance and service of charging solutions is coordinated centrally and performed by trained electricians across Germany.
Consulting & planning
Each charging solution is customized and perfectly adapted to customer requirements.
Load management & monitoring
Smart load management prevents peak loads and saves costs for the supply of electricity.
Operation & billing
The operation ensures that the charging solution is always fully functional and external charging costs are billed transparently.
Energy Monitor is a software solution enabling better transparency of energy flows and costs.
More project information
Widmann und Winterholler Gruppe employs about 280 people at seven business sites in Upper Bavaria and the Allgäu region. They were presented the 2017 BMW Award for car dealer with the most satisfied customers in Germany. Taking a quick look at their website reveals why: in addition to standard contact data they offer a “hotline straight to the boss” and an “email for communicating with the boss”: managing directors Andreas Hagenreiner and Erwin Winterholler invite customers to communicate directly with them. This customer-centric corporate philosophy is also reflected in the provision of electric charging stations across all sites. Andreas Hagenreiner summarizes the strategy: “Due to changes in the distribution of BMW i vehicles, we are able to provide customers and prospects with electric cars across all sites – it’s therefore logical to install the required charging infrastructure as well. Our charging stations are open to the public to increase interest in our electric cars among charging customers driving other brands.”
Extensive charging infrastructure network across Bavaria
Digital Energy Solutions has installed Eluminocity and Schneider Electric P2 double chargers at Widmann und Winterholler’s customer car parks in Dachau and Fürstenfeldbruck. The public charging service is very popular. The locations of the charging stations are displayed on car navigation systems, charging infrastructure platforms like Intercharge, Chargemap, Ladenetz.de and on charging cards from providers like ChargeNow. The charging stations are also included in the ‘Ladeatlas Bayern’ because Widmann und Winterholler is a participant of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs’ program for implementing a charging infrastructure network across Bavaria. Widmann und Winterholler Gruppe is now planning to install charging stations at five more sites.
Energy Monitor ensures control over costs and security of supply
The increasing number of charging transactions has caused new challenges in energy management which Andreas Hagenreiner is ready to tackle: “There’s always this risk of ‘uncontrolled’ charging which may result in increased peak loads and that’s why we need smart and dynamic load management. By implementing Digital Energy Solutions’ Energy Monitor we have created the basis for innovative energy management. Energy Monitor delivers detailed insights into load profiles, enabling us to control charging capacity and real-time onsite consumption of the charging stations, and ultimately reduce costs.“ At the same time, Widmann und Winterholler uses the entire network connection capacity of the buildings as part of the charging cluster and avoids restrictions on charging capacity for enhanced charging convenience for employees and customers.
Dynamic load management for maximum charging capacity
In order to operate the charging solutions across all sites without increasing the network connection capacity, Widmann und Winterholler Gruppe uses Digital Energy Solutions’ Dynamic Load Management concept. Andreas Hagenreiner is amazed by the benefits: “The innovative energy concept enables us to offset the critical time in the morning between eight and eight thirty, when systems in the workshops, offices and salesrooms are started, without having to invest in the costly expansion of network connection capacity.“
Hagenreiner is fully confident about the future of e-mobility and has made it a top priority. Digital Energy Solutions is the perfect partner to support all energy management aspects by providing customized solutions: “Digital load management ensures the permanent control of costs and security of supply across all sites, because charging capacity adjusts automatically and the total electricity load never exceeds.”