Problem definition and need for innovation

In order to promote electromobility, the charging infrastructure needs to be expanded. Up to now, the distribution of charging points take place without consideration of the steering effect on traffic. In addition, traffic flows are currently not optimised through strategic planning, which would allow resources to be used more efficiently. The potential to influence mobility behaviour is therefore not tapped. In addition, the population, companies and urban and transport planning sometimes have conflicting needs that have not yet been jointly identified or included.

Aim of the project

The aim is to enable needs-based charging infrastructure planning for cities and municipalities. This should correspond to the municipal transport and be based on data collection and analysis using selected criteria. In future, charging infrastructure planning is to be utilised by means of suitable web-based applications. This will enable resource-efficient management of traffic flows in cities and municipalities.

Realisation of the central activities

The plan is to collect data from companies and private individuals in selected neighbourhoods in Essen. The aim is to record their needs with reference to their socio-economic groups. This will be supplemented by the utilisation and integration of existing transport and infrastructure data. Interactive participation formats are planned throughout the course of the project, as well as a comprehensive traffic flow simulation and a charging infrastructure planning tool for municipal transport planners.

Expected results and further effects

The aim is to create a model for charging infrastructure that is integrated into a city and transport model and can be expanded to meet changing requirements. The web-based planning tool for charging infrastructure is used for the targeted management of traffic according to predefined criteria. It is also orientated towards the interests of mobility users.


The STRALI project is being funded as part of the mFUND innovation initiative with a total of EUR 2,617,825.89 by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport. 

About the mFUND funding programme of the BMDV

As part of the mFUND funding programme, the BMDV has been supporting research and development projects around data-based digital innovations for Mobility 4.0 since 2016. Project funding is supplemented by active professional networking between stakeholders from politics, business, administration and research and the provision of open data on the Mobilithek portal. Further information can be found at