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Get an overview of the electric mobility topics. What has already been achieved? Where does work still need to be done?

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.

Employment effects

In a macroeconomic prognosis featuring in its second report of 2011, the NPE already identified a potential of up to 30,000 additional jobs. In summer 2015, the IPE Institute for Policy Evaluation, acting on behalf of the NPE, used updated data to recalculate the employment effects for a scenario featuring a comprehensive promotion scheme for electric mobility in Germany.

According to these estimates, a comprehensive support of electric mobility until 2020 will lead to the creation of about 25,000 new and sustainable jobs in the automotive sector alone. If we add the jobs created in the construction and operation of the charging infrastructure and as a consequence of fiscal effects, the target set in 2011, i.e. to create 30,000 additional jobs by 2020, remains realistic. The NPE published the results in the short report "Employment effects of a comprehensive support of electric mobility in Germany".

Employment effects of a comprehensive support of electric mobility in Germany (Source: NPE)

The success of the comprehensive German support and funding strategy for electric mobility is the result of a strong relationship between new registrations and employment:

  1. Germany is becoming a lead market for electric mobility with a burgeoning dynamic in the new registrations of electric vehicles.
  2. Its accordingly powerful position in the domestic market, combined with its traditionally strong export performance in the conventional vehicle sector, makes the German electric mobility industry a dominant leading supplier. The subsequent export boom and according creation of value will create new jobs in Germany that will remain competitive even when funding expires.


If the support of electric mobility is successful, it will also, within a few years, noticeably shift the production structures between the different drive technologies. According to IPE, the share of electric vehicles in the total production will increase from currently less than 1 percent to over 10 percent in 2020.