At the all-day event, participants from the spheres of politics, economy, education and research discussed about the development of electromobility in Berlin-Brandenburg, the status of projects within the "International Showcase for Electromobility” as well as future strategies. In a so called World Café, a discussion form for large groups, the participants talked about the development of electromobility in the capital region.
Berlin’s Mayor Klaus Wowereit was extremely satisfied with the development of electromobility in the capital region: "Together with Brandenburg, we want to develop the capital region into an internationally recognized model for electromobility by 2020.” Mr. Wowereit provided an outlook of the strategy of the federal states till 2020. This strategy is captured in the advanced "Action Program Electromobility 2020” the further development of which has been presented at the conference for the first time. It is an expression of the dedication of politics, science and economy to the future technology electromobility in the capital region.
The state secretary in the Ministry of Economic and European Affairs of the state of Brandenburg, Dr. Carsten Enneper, emphasized the contribution of his federal state to the electromobility strategy of the region: "The project contributes to further successful implementation of our energy strategy as well as to the energy transition in Germany. The development of storage technologies is one of the major conditions for the integration of renewable energies into the existing energy supply system – and thus for the further extension of renewable energies as such.”
Dr. Udo Niehage, president of the Confederation of Employers and Business Associations of Berlin and Brandenburg (UVB) which supported the organization of the conference, pointed out: "Electromobility and energy transition – both are a marathon towards more independence from fossil resources. The International Showcase for Electromobility Berlin-Brandenburg already shows diverse applications in the capital region. The numerous projects are a big opportunity for added value, new jobs and the strengthening of the regional industry.”
Four international short presentations in the rapid form of the so called Pecha Kuchas opened new horizons: Amsterdam, Beijing, Copenhagen and Oslo showed how electromobility is globally implemented by the example of these cities. To Gernot Lobenberg, head of the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO, these examples are stimulus and incentive at the same time: "Berlin-Brandenburg is well positioned in terms of electromobility on an international level, but we can still learn a lot from each other. Therefore, exchange of experience and joint projects with international metropolises are very important to us.”
Berlin-Brandenburg is one of four regions in Germany selected by the federal government as "Showcase Electromobility” in April 2012. Upon the decision of the German Bundestag, research and development of alternative drives are to be promoted beside the capital region in the Living Lab BWe mobil (Baden-Württemberg), under the motto "Our horse power becomes electric” in Lower Saxony and in Bavaria-Saxony with the label ELECTROMOBILITY CONNECTS. The federal government provides a total of €180 million of funds for the showcase program. The whole range of research and development and in particular currently applied electromobility technology is represented by over 150 projects.