Munich, January 2017 – The future of electric mobility will largely depend on the progress made in battery and powertrain technologies. Weight and charging capacity of the batteries determine the range of electric cars. As the battery is the most expensive component of an electric vehicle, the price – and thus the market potential – depend directly on the batteries’ manufacturing costs. The prices are decreasing more rapidly than expected, but the target price of 130 Euro per kilowatt hour is not yet in sight. Therefore, innovations in this sector are still crucial. “We’ll put a huge emphasis on Battery & Powertrain in this year’s trade fair. It will be one of our key exhibition areas and it will be covered with a dedicated category in our newly launched eMove360° Award for Electric & Autonomous Driving. And at the World Mobility Summit, that will take place during the trade fair, we will dedicate two entire conference days to the centerpiece of electric vehicles”, said Robert Metzger, Managing Director of MunichExpo and organizer of eMove360° – International Trade Fair for Mobility 4.0 – electric – connected – autonomous. After its successful first edition last year it will be held this year from October 17-19 at Messe München. Stand bookings in the first quarter of the 2017 trade fair campaign (ending December 31, 2016) have already exceeded last year’s bookings at this time of the year by 35 per cent.
The second edition of the international conference World Mobility Summit in 2016 saw lectures by high-profile speakers such as Christian Möller (Fraunhofer ICT), Christoph Fehrenbacher (A123 Systems), Manfred Herrmann (Opel), Holger Fink (Robert Bosch), Dirk Oestreich (BMZ), Taavi Madiberk (Skeleton Technologies) and Lu Mark Hsueh-Lung (Industrial Technology Research Institute – ITRI).
New players and established manufacturers enter the market
Mercedes-Benz has announced earlier this year that the company will launch at least 10 electric cars under its sub-brand EQ within the next eight years. Audi and BMW as well as Volkswagen will also start selling a large number of fully electric and hybrid vehicle models. “With an increase of units sold we will also see even quicker falling prices. At the same time, batteries will be lighter and more powerful”, said Robert Metzger.
Drivetrains also show quite some potential of improvement to be enhanced with longer ranges. At the last trade fair renowned organizations like Fraunhofer IISB with its engine Frontrunner 99,7 – the number reflecting the extremely high efficiency of the motor -, Siemens with its new engine SP260D for aircrafts or BMW with its drivetrain system of the 225 xe have demonstrated, what can be done and what can be achieved even today. “In this crucial stage various new players enter the market, that have previously not been active in the field of electric mobility, e.g. Jungheinrich, a company with a long-term experience in electric drivetrains that they will use now to enter the market of electric mobility” analyzed Robert Metzger. Other well-known companies like Aradex, Bernder, Berhof, Busbar, IM+E Actia, Rohm, SAPA, Schaeffler or Schwarz Elektromotoren have also shown their innovations at the trade fair.
MunichExpo will start with a new comprehensive trade fair concept: The topics electric mobility, mobility concepts & services as well as urban & mobile design will be united under one brand. eMove360° Europe 2017 (October 17-19, 2017, Messe München) International Trade for Mobility 4.0 – electric – connected – autonomous presents the complete range of next generation and sustainable mobility solutions, from Urban & Mobile Design, materials and processing solutions, connected and autonomous driving to electronics and infotainment. Target audience of the exhibition are developers and designers, IT professionals, professional industrial buyers such as fleet managers, decision-makers in cities and communities, touristic regions and service providers.
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