Rheinmetall, in collaboration with the City of Cologne and TankE GmbH, embarks on an exceptional pilot project to introduce curb stone charger infrastructure in the public streets of Cologne. The primary aim of this project is to integrate and evaluate the acceptance, urbanistic advantages, and design capabilities of Rheinmetall's curb stone chargers in two different locations within the city. Recently, the city formalized its commitment to this initiative by signing a letter of intent, and the pilot project is scheduled to commence during the upcoming summer season.By incorporating charging electronics into a curb stone, Rheinmetall effectively transforms it into a "charging pole" that overcomes the limitations associated with traditional charging infrastructure. Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger expresses gratitude to the City of Cologne for their support in piloting these visionary curb stone chargers, which seamlessly blend into the urban landscape and contribute to the transformation towards widespread e-mobility.TankE GmbH's Head of Corporate Development, Jörn Hansen, describes the pilot project as another significant step in the development of innovative e-mobility projects in Cologne. The city has previously achieved milestones such as the installation of the first public charging station in 2010, the establishment of charging infrastructure for the first fully electric bus line, advancements in 2nd life storage technology, and the adoption of inductive charging for taxis. Through collaboration with Rheinmetall and the City of Cologne, TankE aims to test an alternative method of charging electric vehicles in public streets that seamlessly integrates with urban aesthetics.In the coming years, Cologne, as Germany's fourth-largest city, will face multifaceted challenges associated with climate change, mobility, population growth, economic transformation, and digitalization. Alderman for mobility, Ascan Egerer, emphasizes the city's proactive approach to shaping these changes and developing forward-thinking concepts to address these challenges early on. The letter of intent signifies the city's strong interest in piloting innovative charging infrastructure in collaboration with Rheinmetall and TankE GmbH.Charging infrastructure plays a crucial role in the monumental transition to electromobility. Germany's ambitious goal of having 15 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2030 can only be achieved if charging capacity keeps pace with the expanding fleet of e-vehicles. This poses a challenge, as many individuals without access to private parking spaces and charging stations will need to switch to e-mobility. By 2030, Germany is estimated to require approximately one million public charging stations.The scarcity of space in urban areas for fast, cost-effective installation of accessible public charging stations presents a significant hurdle. However, Rheinmetall's innovative solution intelligently utilizes existing urban infrastructure, effectively converting curb stones into charging poles. This remarkably robust and scalable solution can be installed in various urban environments without compromising charging performance. Ascan Egerer highlights the unique advantages and opportunities this solution offers in shaping the mobility revolution.Prior to its implementation in the pilot project, Rheinmetall subjected the system to rigorous testing to ensure safety, reflecting the company's commitment to quality and sustainability. Rheinmetall's contribution to the mobility revolution and the creation of a viable climate for future generations is of paramount importance.TankE GmbH, a subsidiary of RheinEnergie AG, specializes in planning, constructing, and operating charging infrastructure. With a market that includes industrial and commercial customers, vehicle fleet operators, the real estate sector, local governments, and public utilities, TankE understands the challenges faced by municipalities when installing public charging infrastructure that harmonizes with urban aesthetics. The expertise of Rheinmetall and TankE GmbH makes them ideal partners for supporting the City of Cologne in meeting the technical and urbanist challenges associated with the installation of public charging infrastructure.