of different stakeholders, and economic re-
gions may even relocate. A global market po-
tential worth approximately 100 billion euros
is expected for electric drive-train components
(electric motors, power electronics, battery sys-
tems, charging devices) and vehicle electronics
by 2020.
It is essential to create a strong vertical val-
ue-adding chain for the ‘new drive-train com-
ponents’, to generate a strong influence on
employment in Baden-Wuerttemberg in the
future. This requires transferring knowledge
and expertise from research and development
to industrial production. The plant and mechan-
ical engineering industry, with its excellent po-
sition in the global markets, must accompany
this process. If existing potentials are utilised
optimally, this may create almost 10,000 new
jobs by 2020.
As a cross-industry trend, electric mobility will
not only influence the automobile industry but
in fact lead to a merging of the automobile, ICT
and energy sectors. Only through the strategic
and close cooperation of these three key indus-
tries, including the production sector that re-
lates to them all, can market-critical synergies
be developed and an industrialisation of electric
mobility brought forward. With its well-estab-
lished structure of strong and innovative com-
panies and its excellent research and educa-
tional institutions, Baden-Wuerttemberg is one
of the most innovative regions in Europe.
Figure 2: Diversity of e-mobile drive concepts compared to conventional drives (Source: Structure Study BW
mobil 2011 – Baden-Wuerttemberg on the way to electric mobility)
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