The knowledge transfer between industry, science and society is an essential task of the Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest. Special attention is given to the active support of small and medium-sized businesses in the technological transformation of electric mobility. In the following sections, we summarise the various services provided by the Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest with regard to knowledge transfer. The focus is, for example, on development perspectives for sustainable mobility in Baden-Württemberg, questions to follow up in ICT and energy infrastructure as well as other fields of technology related to electric mobility.
EVS35 took place June 13-15, 2022 in Lillestrom near Oslo. On the German pavilion, the Cluster Electric Mobility South-West showcased Baden-Württemberg’s activities relating to battery electric vehicles and mobility concepts. With the project “AgiloDrive2”, one of the cluster’s lighthouse projects focusing on the agile production of electric traction motors was represented both with an exhibit of a hairpin stator and with a lecture session in the conference. In addition, many other contributions were made by cluster members in the scientific conference programme. Furthermore, Katja Gicklhorn, Director of Industrialisation at e-mobil BW, explained the cluster work as an instrument in regional transformation process of the automotive industry in Baden-Württemberg.
The Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest was one of the 30 exhibiting companies, research institutes, networks and organizations exhibiting during Hannover Messe at the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion in Hall 12. “Industrial Transformation” was the landmark theme of this year’s exhibition in Hannover, a topic which also drives economic and scientific players from Baden-Württemberg.
Hanover Messe was a great chance for ESW to personally get in touch again with our members and partners and to discuss collaboration opportunities in the various fields we are active in, such as sustainable mobility, electric motors and emission-free utility vehicles.
The Hannover Messe also was a fantastic opportunity to re-establish our international contacts after two years of almost no travelling opportunities. We are extremely pleased that the finish region of Oulu accepted our invitation and was one of our exhibitors in hall 12, among them the Oulu Automotive Cluster and 4 finish SME’s. The great response we had encourages us to strengthen our activities and efforts to the benefit of all our partners in Baden-Württemberg and worldwide!
The joint team meeting of the two cluster initiatives Cluster Electric Mobility South-West and Cluster Fuel Cell BW offered representatives from industry and science the opportunity to exchange ideas. On May 24, 2022, the members and partners of the Cluster Electric Mobility South-West and the Cluster Fuel Cell BW came together in Stuttgart's Wagenhallen for a joint meeting.
The presentations of the three invited speakers addressed topics that are relevant for stakeholders from the field of battery technology and digital mobility applications as well as from the hydrogen sector. In an exhibition on the working groups of the two cluster initiatives, participants were able to find out about the respective activities, gain impulses for future meetings and engage in conversation with other participants.
150 cluster members from industry and research took this opportunity to exchange ideas in person for the first time in two years.
"Progress in mobility is data-driven. In Baden-Württemberg, we want to promote digital business models and the digital networking of mobility systems and thus strengthen our competitiveness," says Prime Minister of the State Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann, stressing the importance of digitalisation in the mobility sector. In order to further promote this, the state of Baden-Württemberg supports the new nationwide data portal.
In the Mobility Data Space, players from the mobility sector can independently exchange data to enable and further develop innovative, environmentally- and user-friendly mobility concepts. It follows an open-data approach and is an important element in developing sustainable digital solutions for the mobility sector. The Ministry of Transport Baden-Württemberg provides data from four projects to make a technical contribution on the way to more digital networking in transport.
Time is pressing - How do we achieve European and German emission targets in the mobility sector? - this guiding question was discussed during a digital e-mobil BW connects event by two high-profile guests: Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg (EFA / Green Party), Member of the European Parliament and Holger Lösch, Deputy Managing Director of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).
Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg emphasised that the mobility transition should put people first. New services, such as mobility hubs, should be oriented towards people's needs. For the economy, the transformation offers new potential for innovation and the opportunity to orient more towards the common good and basic human needs. She spoke of transformation as an "adventure" that affects the whole of society.
Holger Lösch focused on the new feasibility study "Climate Paths 2.0 - A Program for Climate and Germany's Future Development". It shows how the climate protection goals can be achieved in all sectors. He stressed the opportunity for companies in this transformation: on the way towards a climate-friendly economy it is essential to break with old ways of thinking and to venture into new structures.
With a new alliance for sustainable and climate-friendly mobility, the Lahr region has adopted its first cross-border mobility pact. It is already the sixth mobility pact in Baden-Württemberg. For the first time, a mobility pact takes as well cross-border transport into account.
The primary objective of the Lahr Mobility Pact is the development of sustainable mobility in the Lahr region across all modes of transport and interlinked with each other. Due to its economic development, the region is facing increasing burdens from passenger- and freight-traffic, especially at peak times during rush hour. Numerous workers also commute to the region from neighbouring Alsace. The Mobility Pact aims to address this issue and promote the switch to environmentally friendly alternatives such as buses, trains and bicycles. In addition to reducing noise and air pollutants, it also aims to increase road safety. Particular attention is also paid to freight transport.
The nationwide task force "Backcasting - Charging infrastructure for heavy-duty commercial vehicles", identifies needs for action for a public charging infrastructure for e-trucks. An inventory creates the foundation for the next steps towards a needs-based and user-friendly charging infrastructure for heavy goods vehicles in long-distance transport.
30 open questions and tasks were identified and need to be addressed in the future. Eight topics are relevant: Demand and construction planning, Standardisation of charging and vehicle technology, Legal framework and conditions, Operation and financing, Requirements for site equipment, Availability/Acquisition of space, Grid access and Development of charging infrastructure at the site.
The aim of the task force "Backcasting - Charging infrastructure for heavy-duty commercial vehicles" was to think ahead towards the development of the necessary public charging infrastructure for zero-emission e-trucks in long-distance transport . Around 40 organisations were involved in thematic focus workshops during the task force process.
The Expert Committee on the Future Fund Automotive Industry has presented its recommendations and identified three key areas: regional cooperation, digitalization and production technology. The state agency e-mobil BW played a key part in drafting the recommendations and preparing the report.
The Expert Committee on the Future FundAutomotive Industry presented its recommendations for shaping the Future Fund at the 6th summit meeting of the “Concentrated Action Mobility”. Over the past few months, the expert committee developed recommendations for the use of the funding. The expert committee names three funding priorities: Regional collaborations, the digitalization of the automotive industry and production technology.
e-mobil BW president Franz Loogen was appointed by federal minister Peter Altmaier as one of the two representatives of the “National Platform Future of Mobility” (NPM). The state agency e-mobil BW was actively involved in the funding priorities of regional cooperation and the digitalization of the automotive industry.
The European Commission has published the first part of the "Fit for 55" package. With the measures presented, the European Commission aims reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent compared to levels from 1990 until 2030.
For specific implementation, the European Commission published twelve measures in the fields of energy, land use, climate, transport and taxation. These proposals are part of the "Fit for 55" legislative package, which aims to amend existing directives and regulations in line with the 55 percent reduction target. These include adapting the EU's existing emissions trading system, the Energy Efficiency Directive, adapting tax measures, and accelerating the introduction of low-emission modes of transport and the corresponding infrastructure and fuels.
At Hannover Messe 2021, Baden-Württemberg presented a digital programme on new mobility solutions and automotive. Now, all presentations are available as video-on-demand and show Baden-Württemberg's way into a new climate-friendly mobility age.
Together with its partners from the Cluster Electric Mobility South-West, the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation, Baden-Württemberg International and in cooperation with Ontario (Canada), the State Agency e-mobil BW has put together an expert program on new mobility solutions and automotive topics especially for the digital edition of Hannover Fair. The conference discussed new technologies for the powertrain, digitalisation and artificial intelligence (AI) and showed: Baden-Württemberg is on its way into a new climate-friendly mobility age.
All presentations to the five sessions are available now on YouTube as video-on-demand.
The cluster management informs about news on services, on partners, on ongoing projects and activities. In times of mobile work and with increasing digitalization aspects in work, the cluster management uses this tool to exchange with members, partners and stakeholders in Germany and worldwide.
Hannover Messe, the world's most important platform for technologies related to industrial transformation, will be taking place exclusively in virtual form from April 12 to 16, 2021. The focus will not only be on the promotion of international networking and cooperation, but participants will also benefit from innovation scouting and will be provided with a market overview of different industrial sectors.
Together with its partners from the Cluster Electric Mobility South-West, the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation, Baden-Württemberg International and in cooperation with Ontario (Canada), the State Agency e-mobil BW has put together a two-and-a-half-day expert program on new mobility solutions and automotive topics: from flexible software structures in vehicles and new value-adding models and components to automated and connected driving.
Connect cluster experts all over Europe – this is the aim of the European Cluster Conference. It was organised by the European Commission’s DG GROW together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy under the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, and executed by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform. The yearly event brings together cluster managers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, researchers, and experts to discuss about opportunities for cluster policies and practices. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference took place virtually this year. On November 10th and 11th, the pandemic and the contribution of clusters to support was one of the most discussed topics during the conference, its interactive world cafés and quiz sessions. By inviting key actors and experts of the domain, the Conference was able to give differentiated insights into topics like the EU’s Green Deal or clusters and resilience.
The Cluster Electric Mobility South-West participated with a virtual booth in the European Cluster Conference and took the opportunity to exchange on the cluster work itself and get in touch with clusters in the same or similar fields from Western and Eastern European countries.
The topic of the corona pandemic determined the 2020 Automotive Suppliers' Day Baden-Württemberg not only in terms of content, but also regarding its organization. Instead of an onsite event around 500 participants participated online. The digital event was looking at international markets, such as China, their approaches for coping with the crisis and their strategies for economic recovery. Furthermore, the event offered the concrete benefit of getting to know companies from Belgium, Israel and Denmark that are interested in cooperating with Baden-Württemberg-based automotive suppliers. The presentations and various interactive online rooms provided a significant impetus and promoted an exchange of ideas. Click here to see the recorded live stream or click here for further information.
On 7 July 2020, companies and research institutes from the mobility cluster Electric Mobility South-West and the French partner cluster Mov'eo (Île-de-France and Normandy) took the opportunity to network internationally.
The innovation cluster Electric Mobility South-West, coordinated by e-mobil BW, and the French partner cluster Mov'eo, which have been in close exchange for years, offered the approximately twenty participants from both countries a virtual pitch event on the three topics of Electronic components for vehicles and their production, Power electronics and Autonomous and connected driving in cross-border traffic.
After the presentation of the organising cluster associations and relevant funding opportunities for future joint projects, the participating companies and research institutes from Baden-Württemberg and France had the opportunity to present their organisation and exchange ideas with innovative players from the Automotive Cluster with regard to joint project initiatives.
The online pitch session is part of a long-term exchange between the innovation networks on future mobility solutions in France (Île-de-France, Normandy) and Baden-Württemberg. A follow-up pitch session is planned to present concrete joint project initiatives. A Franco-German expert panel will provide the consortia with advice and support. The date for this follow-up session will be announced.