Innovation and Technology

Electric Mobility

The German automotive industry is strongly committed to pressing ahead with the development of electric mobility.

The National Platform for Electric Mobility

In May 2010, the German Federal Government created the National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE). Representatives and experts from industry, science and society observe and analyze the development of electric mobility and of electric vehicles within the context of the Platform. The thematic focal points are being discussed in working groups regarding Research and Development, Standardization, Education and Qualification, Development of a publicly accessible Charging Infrastructure and legal Requirements.

The collective goal is the development and establishment of Germany as the lead market and the lead supplier for electric mobility by 2020. In this regard the NPE acts as an advisory body to the German government and reports extensively at regular intervals on the assumptions, recommendations and goals.

In 2016 the NPE documented the recommended accompanying measures between 2017 and 2020 as part of the “Guide to Electric Mobility” (“Wegweiser Elektromobilität”):

Supported by those measures 70.000 normal charging points (AC-Charging) and 7.100 fast charging points (DC-Charging) have to be built by 2020. At the same time the cumulated registrations are expected to reach 1 Million.

The results of the manifold work of the NPE are published in several publications such as reports about the past market development, recommendations for actions or roadmaps for the future.

The coalition agreement as of the 14 of March 2018, the grand coalition expands the remit of the NPE. In addition to electric mobility the new “Plattform Zukunft der Mobilität” is going to work on automated driving, networked mobility, alternative drivetrains and fuels, digitalisation and systematic traffic systems

The Industrial Circle for Electric Mobility mapped out the industry's recommendations concerning electric mobility for the 19. German Federal Parliament

In order to lead electric mobility to success in Germany, further steps for the upcoming legislative period are required.

It has to be the goal for Germany to effectively shape the transition of the mobility and reach the self-defined goals of being the lead market and lead supplier for electric mobility by 2020 and in addition continuing the development after 2020. Therefor the members of the Industrial Circle for electric mobility mapped out recommendations for important accompanying measures.

The recommendations cover the following fields of action:

  • Germany as innovation location
  • Energy policy in the transition of the mobility in Germany
  • Cell and battery production in Germany
  • Germany being the lead market by 2020
  • Public and private charging infrastructure development
  • Local public transport and economic traffic
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