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Electromobility
is the mobility of
the future. Megatrends, such as
increasing global warming, the
finite nature of our resources, the
growth of our cities, as well as an
increasing standard of living and
the associated stronger demands
imposed on mobility for people
and goods, make a revolution in
our mobility an absolute neces-
sity. The path to sustainable and
intelligent mobility in our cities
has only just begun. It requires
new thinking, and for that reason in particular, presents both great
opportunities and also risks for all participating stakeholders.
To bring electromobility to market maturity, electrification of the
drivetrain must be considered from a systems context. In the fu-
ture, mobility will primarily require the competencies of the au-
tomotive sector, the information and communication technology
(ICT) sector and the energy sector. Crucial market synergies can
only be developed, and industrialization of electromobility can only
be driven, via a systemic and closely intermeshed collaboration
of these three key sectors, with due consideration of the cross-
disciplinary field of production. Baden-Württemberg, through its
traditionally developed automobile industry and its combined com-
petence in the ICT and energy sectors, has the very best qualifica-
tions for taking a leading global role in electromobility.
It is not just a networking of industries that will be the determi-
ning competitive factor. Small and medium-sized enterprises are
the core of the economic strength in Baden-Württemberg and si-
multaneously provide its drive for innovation. The capabilities and
active integration of small and medium-sized firms in the change
to electromobility are essential prerequisites for the international
competitiveness of Baden-Württemberg, and they are the guaran-
tors for assuring value creation and jobs in the Baden-Württem-
berg automobile industry.
Franz Loogen
President e-mobil BW
Baden-Württemberg
is Europe’s
number 1 innovative region, with
uniquely developed structures
and a special enterprise land-
scape, as well as an excellent
research and higher education
landscape. In addition to major
automobile manufacturers, in
Baden-Württemberg it is prima-
rily the medium-sized companies
that make a decisive contribu-
tion to the value creation of the
automobile industry. Innovative
products, solutions and services from the state enjoy worldwide
sales and recognition.
The coming years will be marked by stricter regulatory requi-
rements, with regard to the necessary reduction of harmful CO
2
vehicle emissions. Simultaneously, fossil fuels will become incre-
asingly scarce. Concepts for a sustainable mobility, in which elec-
tromobility constitutes an important component, form an essential
prerequisite for mastering these ecological challenges and at the
same time creating economic growth.
Electrification of the drivetrain means a huge change for the au-
tomobile industry: because some components will be dispensed
with and new components will be added, the share of value crea-
tion between different participants, and possibly between econo-
mic regions, will be redistributed.
Baden-Württemberg is well positioned for this change. Today,
there are already numerous activities and cluster initiatives in the
state that promote the transfer of knowledge between research
and industry, and that contribute to the development of common,
cross-industry approaches to solutions. This study provides an
overview of these activities, and identifies future potential and
risks for the automobile industry, starting from the present position
of the state.
Dr. Nils Schmid MdL
Deputy Minister-President and Minister for Finance and
Economics of the State of Baden-Württemberg
PREFACE