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.

Hennig Kagermann presented the "NPE progress report 2018" which concludes the end of the market ramp-up phase to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on the 19th Septmeber 2018.

The report contains an outlook on the further development of electric mobility until 2025 as well as recommendations for a successful entry into the mass market.

In 2017, Germany recorded the highest growth momentum in cumulative vehicle registrations worldwide, thus joining the international lead markets.

With the handing over of the report to the Federal Government, the NPE will be integrated into the "National Platform Future of Mobility" (NPM), as announced in the coalition agreement. The new platform should build upon the successful work of the NPE and look at all the key topics relevant to the mobility of the future.

In addition to electric mobility and in order to support climate-friendly mobility, topics related to digitization and networking should be considered increasingly. After all,  the emission-free traffic of the future requires not only alternative drive types but also innovative transport concepts and technologies. It is important that the technical developments are discussed in a technology-open way.

By 2022, the measures developed in the progress report are expected to support the construction of 70,000 normal charge points (AC charge points) and 7,100 fast charge points (DC charge points). 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

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