According to a recent McKinsey study , it can create up to 14,000 new jobs in Berlin by 2030 while simultaneously reducing the carbon footprint by more than 30% in the transport sector. The study was presented to the public today as part of the "4th Capital City Conference” by the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO at Berlin’s City Hall.
Intelligent mobility is not just an integral part of Berlin’s smart city strategy, it also describes the strategic direction of the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO, located at Berlin Partner. Berlin wishes to use this strategy to continue improving Berlin’s position as a business location in the field of mobility, which was underpinned by the McKinsey study presented today. Four worldwide trends in particular will change mobility behavior in urban areas: App-based mobility services, the electrification of powertrains, connectivity and automated driving will become significantly important in the coming years. Berlin can generate additional value and jobs by developing and implementing intelligent mobility solutions. In addition, increased usage of electric vehicles and the intelligent networking thereof in transport systems have affected the city’s carbon footprint in a significant and positive manner. This development of intelligent mobility has given Berlin the opportunity to lead as an example for new technologies and business models and attract more companies from all over the world.
Cornelia Yzer, Senator for Economy, Technology and Research of the State of Berlin: "E-mobility is a crucial component for smart mobility. The digitalization mega trend will revolutionize the mobility of the future. Berlin can use its strong start-up scene, innovative companies and outstanding research institutions to hold its own among the competition if we quickly make the right decisions today. In addition to a dense network of charging points, it includes digital infrastructures that enable real-time traffic data, which is also a pre-requisite for autonomous driving.”
Gernot Lobenberg, Director of the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO, emphasizes that experience, such as the kind obtained from large projects like "Schaufenster Elektromobilität” [E-mobility showcase], prove that interlinking companies, science and administration is the right way to develop potential jobs, since the mobility of the future is digital, automated, electric and networked. In other words, it is a matter of interplay among all modes of transport, powered by electricity and hydrogen from renewable energies. Berlin can immediately benefit from this in three ways: there’ll be a higher quality of life, a better environment and more jobs”, said Lobenberg.
But how smart is the capital region already when it comes to mobility? How can automated driving be integrated into the city in a useful manner? Is data the new oil? The fourth Capital City Electromobility Conference of the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO this year also saw more than 500 participants at Berlin’s City Hall discussing e-mobility as an integral component of the Smart City Berlin against the backdrop of increasing digitalization.