Users see electric mobility as an integrated offering. The NPE’s fields of activity reflect this perspective and include vehicle technologies, energy and the environment, urban planning, norms and standards, information and communication technologies and education and training. The interfaces between the topics are wide-ranging, with highly qualified experts developing innovative vehicle technologies, and information and communication technologies being used to produce customer-friendly payment models for charging. Through research and development, science and industry are creating the basis for an attractive offering. Ultimately, it’s the satisfaction of and acceptance by users that counts, and that’s why the NPE is promoting these topics.
Highly qualified experts ensure innovation and high quality for vehicles. Yet electric mobility poses new challenges for their education and training. Germany is on the right track here, with vocational training opportunities being developed and training for skilled professions being modified in areas including motor vehicles, cycles and bicycles and electrical trades. Electric mobility-related content is now integrated into courses such as electrical engineering. Work still needs to be done in training engineers after graduation and in equipping training locations.
To ensure that practice and qualification in electric mobility go hand in hand, the NPE recommends greater networking between the responsible ministries, universities, training organisations, companies and research organisations, including at an international level and across all relevant sectors – from automotive manufacturers to energy suppliers. These training alliances can set standards for good training practice and promote innovation.
The aim by 2020 is for specialists to be working together in international value creation networks and developing innovative electric mobility technologies, products and services. They will thus secure Germany’s leading supplier status and develop business models and usage concepts for global markets.
At the DRIVE-E Academy, students are given insight into the future-oriented topic of electric mobility in lectures, workshops and excursions. Particularly innovative papers, projects and theses are honoured with the DRIVE-E Award.