The goal of the showcase is to pool German capabilities in the areas of electric vehicles, energy supply and transport across all systems in large-scale regional demonstration and pilot projects and to make them visible. The public sector, in close cooperation with industry and research, is testing innovative elements of electric mobility. These elements can be directly experienced by the public and are to stimulate national and international demand.
Following the recommendation of an independent expert jury, four large regional demonstration projects were selected as showcases for electric mobility:
In the four showcase regions, 90 collaborative projects including 334 sub-projects of the Federal Government as well as further projects of the Länder governments and other partners are being supported between 2012 and 2016. In total, they provide around 180 million euros for the programme. The total investment volume for the projects - including the investments of the project partners - stands at just under 300 million euros. The ‘Electric Mobility Showcases’ results conference in Leipzig, which was attended by 800 people, not only showed the innovative added value of services in the field of electric mobility from the showcase regions, but also provided the opportunity to experience electric mobility being used in the private and industrial sector - from the light-weight Pedelec to a heavy-duty aircraft tractor.
Lighthouses: Outstanding R&D projects for electric mobility
Projects that stand out within their field for their exceptional quality are grouped together in what are called lighthouse projects. The designation as a lighthouse project is a true seal of quality which is awarded for game-changing innovative work that delivers technical advances or helps bring down the cost of electric mobility. A total of 22 lighthouse projects have been designated by the Federal Government since 2012.
Lighthouse projects exist for the following areas:
- transmission technology (e.g. vehicle as a whole, transmission technology, manufacturing technology, lightweight construction);
- energy systems and energy storage (e.g. materials development, fuel cell technology and batteries, modular manufacturing technology, safety, security, and lifetime);
- charging infrastructure and grid integration, (e.g. smart grids, recuperation of energy, energy transfer via induction, rapid-charging systems);
- mobility concepts (e.g. systems based on electric buses);
- recycling and resource efficiency; and
- information and communication technology.
The lighthouse projects see various scientific institutions, numerous SMEs, and large companies work together. The projects within each lighthouse project and the lighthouse projects themselves are closely interconnected. This interdisciplinary and cross-sector approach is essential in order to achieve the goals and targets set for electric mobility. The last group of outstanding technology projects to be adopted under the scheme, which brings together seven different titles, was announced at last year’s National Electric Mobility Conference (in German) from 15 - 16 June 2015 in Berlin.