Advertisement

CrowdStrom: Analysis, Design, and Implementation of Processes for a Peer-to-Peer Service for Electric Vehicle Charging

  • Martin Matzner
  • Florian Plenter
  • Jan H. Betzing
  • Friedrich Chasin
  • Moritz von Hoffen
  • Matthias Löchte
  • Sarah Pütz
  • Jörg Becker
Chapter
Part of the Management for Professionals book series (MANAGPROF)

Abstract

  1. (a)

    Situation faced: An inadequate number of publicly available charging points is among the main reasons that consumers do not buy electric vehicles (EVs). To address this problem, we suggest a peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing approach for private charging infrastructures. We formed a joint consortium between academia and industry to design and implement a web platform and an underlying business model for an infrastructure of individually owned EV-charging stations for public use. Currently, there are no standardized processes for EV charging, so we had to look elsewhere for processes that could be adapted or partly adopted as a foundation for the proposed web platform.

     
  2. (b)

    Action taken: We interviewed representatives of seven organizations that are already operating in the domain of EV charging about the relevant business processes. Applying the BPM lifecycle (Dumas et al., Fundamentals of business process management. Springer, 2013), we analyzed the resulting as-is processes for best practices and redesigned them for the scenario of a P2P platform for EV charging.

     
  3. (c)

    Results achieved: Sixteen to-be processes that comprised registration, authentication, charging, billing, and administration were modeled in BPMN and implemented in a software prototype. The prototype and associated processes are currently being evaluated to ensure their validity and effectiveness in the target environment while the partnering utility company prepares the solution’s staged roll-out to operate their own charging stations and then open the system to other providers.

     
  4. (d)

    Lessons learned: Analyzing and then designing business processes to reach a common goal has been a unifying factor in our joint research project, where partners from industry and academia have differing backgrounds, expectations, and individual goals. BPM practices enabled the project team to create an innovative business model and corresponding business processes that will have an impact in practice.

     

Notes

Acknowledgements

This article was written in the context of the research project CrowdStrom. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), promotion sign 01FE13019E. We thank the project management agency German Aerospace Center (PT-DLR).

References

  1. BDEW Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V. (2016). BDEW-Erhebung Elektromobilität. https://www.bdew.de/internet.nsf/id/bdew-erhebung-elektromobilitaet-de
  2. Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung. (2010). Ideen. Innovation. Wachstum – Hightech-Strategie 2020 Für Deutschland. Bonn.Google Scholar
  3. Chasin, F., Matzner, M., Löchte, M., Wiget, V., & Becker, J. (2015). The law: The boon and bane of IT-enabled peer-to-peer sharing and collaborative consumption services peer-to-peer services. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI 2015). Osnabrück, Germany.Google Scholar
  4. Dumas, M., La Rosa, M., Mendling, J., & Reijers, H. A. (2013). Fundamentals of business process management. Berlin: Springer.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Kraftfahrtbundesamt. (2016). Bestand an Pkw in Den Jahren 2006 Bis 2015 Nach Ausgewählten Kraftstoffarten. http://www.kba.de/DE/Statistik/Fahrzeuge/Bestand/Umwelt/b_umwelt_z.html?nn=663524
  6. Matzner, M., Von Hoffen, M., Heide, T., Plenter, F., & Chasin, F. (2015). A method for measuring user preferences in information systems design choices. In Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2015). Münster, Germany.Google Scholar
  7. Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität. (2014). Fortschrittsbericht 2014 – Bilanz Der Marktvorbereitung. Berlin.Google Scholar
  8. Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität. (2015). Ladeinfrastruktur Für Elektrofahrzeuge in Deutschland: Statusbericht Und Handlungsempfehlungen 2015 (p. 36).Google Scholar
  9. Steinhilber, S., Wells, P., & Thankappan, S. (2013). Socio-technical inertia: Understanding the barriers to electric vehicles. Energy Policy, 60(0), 531–539.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Matzner
    • 1
  • Florian Plenter
    • 1
  • Jan H. Betzing
    • 1
  • Friedrich Chasin
    • 1
  • Moritz von Hoffen
    • 1
  • Matthias Löchte
    • 2
  • Sarah Pütz
    • 3
  • Jörg Becker
    • 1
  1. 1.European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS)University of MünsterMünsterGermany
  2. 2.Stadtwerke Münster GmbH, IT-ManagementMünsterGermany
  3. 3.TÜV SÜD AG, ElectromobilityMunichGermany

Personalised recommendations