The Federal Government’s aim is to make Germany a lead market and top provider in the field of electric mobility. Electric vehicles need to be able to compete, particularly on range and price, with other propulsion concepts. This means that there is a continuing need for a high level of precompetitive research and development.
In total, the Federal Government has provided over €2.2 billion for research and development since 2009. Four ministries are involved in providing the funding. An overview is provided by the advice on funding from the Federal Government, which is a central contact point for companies and research establishments interested in questions relating to research promotion.
Funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Research and development activities led by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in this area focus on the electric mobility system as a whole.
This includes driveline technology, battery storage, energy, standardisation, ways to strengthen the value chain, connected cars, fleet and logistics strategies, digitalisation, grid integration, charging stations that use smart metering technology, and infrastructure.
Establishing battery cell production in Germany and Europe
As we transform our energy sector towards renewables, electric mobility is taking on an ever more important role. And so are the research into and the development and production of batteries and battery cells in Germany. Batteries are used in a wide range of different areas – from micro-batteries powering consumers’ smart watches and headsets to power tools used in industrial production all the way to large stationary battery storage units that provide renewable electricity. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is providing one billion euros in funding from the Energy and Climate Fund up until 2022 to establish Germany as a global leader in battery cell production under the European Battery Alliance.
The is the central platform for dialogue on the future of battery cell production in Europe between the European Member States, the European Commission and European industrial companies. It seeks to encourage the production of battery cells in both Germany and Europe and to ensure that the batteries produced are competitive, innovative and environmentally compatible.
A networking conference was held in November 2018. Its goal was to help create new value chains in Germany and Europe by linking up companies and research institutes and help them deepen existing contacts. This was a good opportunity, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises, to engage in dialogue on potential cooperation projects, explore potential for development and start working together in this forward-looking field. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is also working closely with the Federal Ministry of Education to develop a strategy that will explore the best way to combine battery cell research and battery cell production.