Traditional automotive manufacturing hub Stuttgart is future-proofing by embracing a new era of electric mobility and electric vehicles.
The German city hosted the International Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition (EVS30) from October 9-11 at the Messe Stuttgart. It was co-located with the city’s established World of Energy Solutions conference, which includes the f-cell and Battery + Storage events.
The event, supported by the City of Stuttgart, e-mobil BW, and Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation drew together academic, government and industry leaders from around the world to explore the technical, policy and market challenges in shifting towards the use of electric transportation technologies.
The region of Baden-Württemberg witnessed the birth of the automobile, and more than 300 enterprises and institutions form the cluster initiative CARS (Clusterinitiative Automotive Region Stuttgart), from the development centres of major marques Daimler and Porsche, to engineering firms and component suppliers. Baden-Württemberg’s transport minister and member of the Landtag Winfried Hermann identified a host of opportunities for a sustainable future in electromobility, ensuring the traditional automotive hub innovates and survives.
He said: “I am confident that we are ready for the transport turnaround and am hoping for support and contributions from car makers. It is up to us to put in place the right framework conditions in the infrastructure, for instance, and thus allay the oft-adjured German ‘range anxiety’.”
In a ‘Stuttgart Declaration’ penned especially for EVS30, the European Association for Electromobility (AVERE) stated that “the industrialisation and mass production of electric vehicles and their ecosystem components and services is underway”. Chairman of AVERE Espen Hauge emphasised how important it is to push head with sustainable drives: “We published this declaration to highlight the hope, facts and necessary steps for decision-makers worldwide.”
German car makers are increasingly focused on the development of electric vehicles, with the market share of German electric vehicles in Western Europe rising from 44 to 49 per cent in the first half of 2017. Baden-Württemberg region has created the Cluster Electric Mobility South-West, a group of more than 125 members cooperating across sectors to push ahead with a new electric mobility ecosystem to both strengthen the economy and benefit the environment.
The EVS30 event exceeded organisers’ expectations, attracting around 9,500 participants and trade fair visitors from 58 countries, including 353 exhibitors and more than 1,700 conference participants. A Ride & Drive offer saw 750 test drives completed across 40 types of vehicle. Stuttgart also staged an ‘Electromobility Action Day’ to raise citizens’ awareness of electromobility.
Ulrich Kromer von Baerle, spokesman of the Executive Board Messe Stuttgart, said: “We are delighted that our idea of establishing a major trade fair focusing on the industrialisation of electromobility technologies has turned out to be so popular. Our intuition was spot on, as confirmed by record attendance at the trade fair by exhibitors and visitors alike.”
Exhibitor Jürgen Schenk, Director Development eDrive Integration at Daimler AG, added: “We at Daimler are committed to actively shape the future of mobility and electrified powertrains are an important part of that. We are always happy to take the EVS as an opportunity to discuss the latest and greatest tech trends across all industries – this year right on our doorstep.”
The event proved so successful, the city is hosting a follow-up trade fair and conference for the electromobility industry, Elect!, in October 2018.
(via Messe Stuttgart)
Featured image: The successful EVS30 trade fari in Stuttgart