Since April 2012, Berlin-Brandenburg has been one of four regions chosen to take part in the Electromobility Showcase initiative. On the basis of a resolution adopted by the German Bundestag, the federal government was given the task of supporting and promoting research and development into alternative drive systems. As a result, they made available a total of €180 million in funding for the Showcase program. The objective of these large-scale regional demonstration and pilot projects is to test and promote electric mobility at the interface of energy systems, vehicles and traffic systems.
The Berlin-Brandenburg International Showcase for Electromobility is funded by the federal government as well as by the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg for three years as part of the federal government's Showcase initiative. The coordination of the projects is handled by the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO.
The general public is given a chance to see and experience electric mobility first-hand in approximately 30 core projects and an equal number of associated projects with a focus on "driving, charging, storage and integration."
More than 100 project partners drawn from the worlds of politics, business, and science, including global automobile brands, take part in Showcase projects.
The total volume in the region is approximately €83 million, of which €31 million is contributed by companies, €36 million by four federal ministries and €16 million from the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg.