Promoting Electric Mobility:
research funding and standardisation
The German Government promotes the research and development of electric mobility in Germany in many different ways.
Vehicle technology is continually developed by companies and research institutes in joint projects focusing on aspects such as powertrain optimization, electric motors and power electronics, battery technology, lightweight construction and the interplay of all the components in electric vehicles. The aim is to make the vehicles more attractive, improve efficiency, and reduce the costs involved. The various areas for promotion are distributed across four German ministries (BMBF, BMUB, BMVI and BMWi).
The German Government’s electric mobility information service “Lotsenstelle Elektromobilität” bundles transparent and customer-friendly information about promotional activities and helps companies and research facilities as they seek advice on promotional funding. The German manufacturers’ success to date is built on research and development, as they work towards becoming the leading providers. There will still be many different research needs in the future.
In addition to research funding, electric mobility and the resulting value chains demand closer cooperation between the various branches of industry and the standardization institutions responsible.
Standards are elaborated in multidisciplinary cooperation between the relevant institutions such as the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and the Road Vehicle Engineering Standards Committee in the VDA and DKE. This process is supported by the standardization initiative of the BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy).
At the end of 2014 the National Platform for Electric Mobility submitted Version 3.0 of the “German Standardisation Roadmap for Electric Mobility” to the German Government and published it.
The Standardisation Roadmap addresses the latest developments in electric mobility and in their framework conditions, with reference to current and necessary standardization activities.
The document was drawn up by vehicle manufacturers, the electrical industry, energy suppliers/grid operators and information network providers, technical associations and policymakers working in collaboration. The “German Standardisation Roadmap for Electric Mobility” therefore represents the German standardization strategy for this field.
International standards guarantee user-friendliness and security for investments in vehicles and the charging infrastructure. Furthermore, they form the framework for developing electric mobility, and ensure, for example, that the users of electric vehicles can charge them using the standard Combined Charging System (CCS) at any charging point without any difficulty – even in other countries.