27. - 28. May 2013
Berlin Congress Center
At the end of May 2013, the German government organized an international conference on electric mobility. Taking the motto “Electric Mobility going global,” the conference held at the bcc conference center in Alexanderplatz attracted more than 1,000 national and international representatives of companies, scientific bodies, social commentators and politicians. The conference featured three main thrusts: The meeting hall itself, an exhibition area and the “Experience Electric Mobility” public driving event.
The exhibition area presented the entire system of electric mobility as the “electric mobility development pathway.” This path featured various topic islands showing drive technology, materials or recycling. One success of the National Electric Mobility Platform is the continuous cooperation between players in the R&D lighthouses across technological disciplines. Together, 82 projects were exhibited in the six R&D lighthouses (battery, drive technology, vehicle integration, lightweight construction, recycling, ICT and infrastructure).
Outside in front of the bcc, visitors were able to form a direct picture of the broad range of electric mobility during a vehicle presentation. Various manufacturers showed off an extremely wide range of electric vehicles, from small cars through to large refuse trucks. The public driving experience was held on the streets around the bcc. About 60 vehicles from German and international automobile manufacturers were made available to the general public to drive on the public roads free of charge. Some 2,000 test drives were counted. The full portfolio of electric mobility could be tried out in the middle of Berlin, ranging from an exclusively battery-powered car through to Plug-in hybrid vehicles and models with Range Extenders.