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E-mobility: German-Chinese cooperation for a future that protects our resources

E-mobility: German-Chinese cooperation for a future that protects our resources

Reaching the goal together – the Spiegel Institut researches the topic of electromobility with partners, with the goal to set a global standard in charging systems.

Brühl near Mannheim, August 14 – The Spiegel Institut has already demonstrated its competence in the area of electromobility for quite some time now. Its own fleet was just expanded to include two more electric vehicles of the BMW i3 variety and the institute’s e-mobility expertise is now playing a role in a German-Chinese cooperation project for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spiegel Institut already took over the coordination as the scientific partner of the Sino-German Electric Vehicle Charging Project in Beijing in the fall of 2013. The goal of this project is the standardization of charging systems for electric vehicles and the ensuring of a functioning charging infrastructure for both, private and public sectors.

All of the well-known German automobile manufacturers such as AUDI, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen are involved in the project as well as Chinese partners like BAIC, Brilliance, Chang´an and Zinoro. An additional contribution to the success of the project is made by further distinguished partners like the GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation) and CATARC (China Automotive Technology & Research Center). Moreover, the renowned Tsinghua University, well-known beyond China’s borders, was also brought on board.

Start of the fieldwork phase

In late June, the electric test vehicles were given to the study participants, so the first phase of the project was off to a successful start. In the direct environment of participants, Spiegel Institut examines what drivers of electric vehicles really need in terms of charging infrastructure and which other needs exist.

The Spiegel Institut has already carried out studies in the area of e-mobility in Europe, particularly in the areas of innovation acceptance, experiencing of the interior and handling of charging. The institute researches the usability and user experience of systems in the areas of display systems and operating systems in electromobility. Its market researchers also monitor long-term fleet tests of well-known German manufacturers of electric vehicles in what are called showcase projects.

The German-Chinese partner project in Beijing is now planned until 2015, and should help the two countries move forward with their ambitious goals of having 500,000 electric vehicles on the streets in China by 2015 and 1 million in Germany by 2020.
The significance of this innovative cross-border project can be seen not at least in the VIP visitors to the different meetings in Beijing. Employees of the Spiegel Institut for example met with Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governing mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit.

The Spiegel Institut itself advises its clients in its two local offices in Shanghai and Beijing.