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Marketing the flexibility of an e-vehicle fleet to distribution grid operators

In this project, a forecasting model is developed that estimates capacity based on time and location using booking/mobility data.


The Mobility cooperative wants to switch to electromobility by 2030. Mobility is building a large-scale charging infrastructure to operate these vehicles. The charging of the vehicles from the power grid can be flexible in time and power. This flexibility has a value for the distribution grid operators and can be marketed by Mobility.

The project will design and test a flexibility product that can be traded between Mobility and distribution grid operators. The bidirectional charging stations will be connected to the control of the distribution grid operators according to a new industry standard. For the planning and use of flexibility, a forecasting model will be developed that estimates capacity based on time and location using booking/Mobility data. On this basis, the flexibility of the charging stations can be used and marketed more efficiently than before


  • Model-based analysis of the usable flexibility, the technical and economic sensitivities and revenue factors
  • Monetary evaluation of flexibility by means of a revenue model for three different network topologies (rural, urban, agglomeration) and comparison of potential revenues with other marketing options for flexibility
  • Definition of interfaces and processes between the partners involved for the marketing of flexibility
  • Verification of the developed approaches in a 12-month field test in three different distribution grids. Connection of bidirectional electric charging stations at at least seven Mobility locations according to industry standards.


Project structure and responsibilities


Bidirectional electric vehicle and charging station at the FHNW


Bidirectional electric vehicle and charging station from Mobility

Project information


Mobility Genossenschaft


FHNW Institute of Electric Power Systems


33 months, from April 2022 to Januar 2025



Project team

Ostschweizer Fachhochschule, Mobility Genossenschaft, Azienda Elettrica di Massagno SA, Elektrizitätswerk der Stadt Zürich, Primeo Netz AG.