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The IAA electrifies!

Everyone is talking about electric mobility and it is one of the most important future-related topics at the IAA 2017. No matter whether you are interested in e-cars and e-sports cars, or trends in services or infrastructure – you will experience electric mobility in all its facets.

Change often starts virtually unnoticed. This is especially true of electric automobiles right now. Many signs indicate that the almost silent powertrain is on the way to becoming the standard. This is because it has a whole range of advantages: it has zero emissions and less impact on the climate and resources – especially when powered by electricity from renewable sources. Yet the technology is older than that of the combustion engine. At the beginning of the 20th century several different types of propulsion were competing with one another. Electric powertrains became popular on the railways, but not on the roads. Gasoline and diesel vehicles were the first choice for motorists owing to their greater speed, cheaper fuels derived from petroleum, and the longer distances that could be covered.

However, the electric motor has already been enjoying a “renaissance” for quite a while. The battery technology has made huge strides and the storage capacity of modern battery cells is improving all the time. The automotive industry is also continually optimizing the propulsion systems and applies lightweight construction so the vehicles become more efficient. This results in ranges of several hundred kilometers, which makes electric mobility a real alternative for metropolitan areas in particular. Numerous car-sharing providers have recognized the potential and long ago started adding compact e-cars to their fleets. Then there are also new providers of electrically powered light vehicles such as electric bicycles and electric scooters.

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But electric mobility is more than merely an innovative powertrain – it generates new requirements for the infrastructure. The main focus is currently on expanding the network of rapid charging stations. The aim here is to bring charging times down to only a few minutes. A home infrastructure is being developed, as is cooperation with shopping malls, freeway rest areas, the operators of parking garages, and the municipalities. Furthermore, some players are already testing the use of inductive charging equipment for charging the battery while the vehicle is at a standstill, parked or even while driving. At the same time, concepts are in demand that are tailored to battery leasing or accounting management for charging, for example. This creates plenty of opportunities for new business models for established players in the automotive industry and new market participants like energy utilities and startups, and it also secures jobs.

Come and experience electric mobility at the IAA 2017! Discover the latest electric series and concept cars from international exhibitors and current developments in infrastructure and services from renowned suppliers and startups. And in Hall 10 on the open-air site, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. visitors can take test drives in numerous hybrid and plug-in-hybrid vehicles and battery-powered models from various brands.