The German National Platform
for Electric Mobility

How does the German National Platform for Electric Mobility work? Who is involved in developing the electric mobility system in Germany?

The German National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE) orchestrates the development of electric mobility in Germany. The advisory body of the Federal Government brings together 150 representatives from industry, science, politics, trade unions and trade associations for strategic dialogue. Collectively, they investigate the economic, social and environmental potential of electric mobility and recommend actions for politicians and business.


The Federal Government defines electric mobility in the Integrated Energy and Climate Programme (IEKP) as a key component in achieving climate protection targets.

The key content of an electric mobility development plan is agreed at the
“National Strategic Conference on Electric Mobility”.

The Federal Government publishes the “Federal Government’s National Development Plan for Electric Mobility” and thus lays the foundations for the German National Platform for Electric Mobility.

In a “Joint Declaration”, the Federal Government and industry agree joint targets and measures on establishing electric mobility in Germany.

The German National Platform for Electric Mobility is founded and defines its objectives in its first report.

In the Standardisation Roadmap 1.0, NPE members publish their joint recommendations for standardisation in electric mobility.

In its second report, the NPE shows how Germany can be developed into the lead market and leading supplier for electric mobility. Content from the report informs the Government Programme for Electric Mobility.

The Federal Government holds the “National Education Conference for Electric Mobility” with the aim of establishing a national education and training network in electric mobility.

The Federal Government establishes the four electric mobility showcase regions. They test electric mobility in everyday situations, gather valuable experience and make electric mobility innovations accessible to the public.

In its third report, the NPE shows the progress in implementing its recommendations since the second report was presented in May 2011.

The NPE develops its Standardisation Roadmap further –  in Standardisation Roadmap 2.0, it focuses on current developments and relates these to ongoing and necessary standardisation activities.

In the education competency roadmap, the NPE shows the need for action for academic and vocational education and training in electric mobility.

The NPE gives a positive assessment of the market preparations to date at the Federal Government’s International Conference for Electric Mobility. With an exhibition and test drives for everyone, it shows that electric mobility is no longer just a vision of the future but an attractive alternative in road transport.


In its systemic roadmap, the NPE defines areas of action that need to be driven forward by industry, politicians and society collectively to support a successful market ramp-up.

The results of a study on market ramp-up scenarios by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research shows that electric mobility can already be economically beneficial for commuters and fleets. The study enables a detailed assessment of the factors that influence market activity and the effect of political measures.

In its 2014 progress report, the NPE reviews market preparations and makes further recommendations to politicians, business and science on developing a lead market.

The NPE’s Standardisation Roadmap 3.0 defines the German standardisation strategy and also acts as an international discussion paper.

The Federal Government announces additional legislative measures to support electric mobility. In the same year, the EU adopts a directive on the development of an alternative fuels infrastructure.

Further progress on electric mobility is  documented at the Federal Government’s National Conference.


The National Education Conference for Electric Mobility serves to gather ideas to update the Education Competency Roadmap, which is published the same year.

Furthermore, the NPE publishes a status report on the development of the charging infrastructure in Germany.

In its roadmap for integrated cell and battery production in Germany, the NPE analyses how and when Germany could launch a cell production site for electric vehicles.

Against the backdrop of the recent support measures, experts discuss further developments and needs for action at the Federal Government's Brain Storming Conference on electric mobility.

The NPE updates and extends the model of value creation and employment.

In its Guide to Electric Mobility, the NPE summarizes the developement status of electric mobility reached in Germany by June 2016 in a concise and clear manner and provides recommendations for action to policy-makers on how the targets of becoming lead market and leading provider can be achieved. The publication is also available in Chinese.

Henning Kagermann, Chairman of the National Platform for Electric Mobility, and Roland Bent, Deputy Chairman of the NPE Working Group on Standardization, Standardization and Certification, present the German Standardization Roadmap for Electric Mobility 2020 to the Federal Government during MobiliTec at Hanover Fair.

f. l. t. r.: Roland Bent, Phoenix Contact, Secretary of State Rainer Bomba (BMVI), Secretary of State Matthias Machnig (BMWi) and Henning Kagermann, acatech. (Source: e-mobil BW / KD Busch)

The NPE delivers the Progress Report 2018 to the Federal Government.

Foto: Bundesregierung, Lene Münch

Photo: Bundesregierung, Lene Münch