Driving bans are yesterday’s news – Kohlhammer Group in Stuttgart invests in electromobility for fleet vehicles
- Three Smart vehicles have been proving their worth for around four months
- Wallbox Home Eco charging technology comes from Heidelberg
- Expansion of electric vehicle fleet planned
Özkan Meral, Technical Manager at Kohlhammer, together with up-and-coming media designer Sina Gietl. She created the fresh design of the smart vehicles.
The Heidelberg Wallbox Home Eco is an inexpensive high-performance charging device for electric vehicles. The system is aimed at individuals and also at businesses and local authorities that want to use the charging station to recharge the electric vehicles in their own fleets as well as those of customers and visitors.
The exact details of the diesel ban in Stuttgart are yet to be finalized, but one thing is certain – it will be introduced, and by January 2019 at the latest. The Stuttgart-based Kohlhammer Group was not prepared to wait that long, opting instead to move into electromobility and fill its fleet with electric vehicles. The company thus ordered three Smart vehicles fitted with fully electric drives that have now been on the road for around four months. For the charging technology, Kohlhammer is using the Wallbox from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), which was only recently launched onto the market. Kohlhammer has enjoyed a close customer-supplier relationship with Heidelberg for many years, but this was previously limited to print shop equipment.
Kohlhammer is a large media service provider on the outskirts of Stuttgart. It has nu-merous customers right in the city center and surrounding area that the company delivers to itself using its own vehicles for certain urgent jobs. In addition, many employees regularly travel between the print shop and the Kohlhammer headquarters, located some 7.5 miles away in Stuttgart’s Vaihingen district. “When it comes to print production, we’ve long been focusing on sustainability. The ongoing discussion on driving bans, especially in our region, has led us to recognize that there is a need for action if we want to offer our customers the usual service quality and secure our logistics location in the future as well "says Özkan Meral, Technical Manager at Kohlhammer. As a renowned print shop, Kohlhammer is in regular contact with Heidelberg and thus learned early on about its supplier’s plans to market its expertise beyond its traditional core markets by moving into electromobility: “The fact that Heidelberg, of all people – our longstanding supplier and partner in the printing sector – was looking to launch a charging device for electric vehicles initially surprised us, but this then gave our own plans an additional boost. After all, we know from experience that anything Heidelberg launches onto the market stands for quality and reliability.”