A great connection – the German e-mobility Association

In the last few months we have realized a bunch of times that the successful rollout of e-mobility in Germany demands several requirements: multidisciplinary, connected and holistic thinking and acting. This means that companies like EIGHT have to meet up and communicate permanently with organizations and partners from other sectors to develop e-mobility in Germany. A player with an important role in that environment is the German e-Mobility Association (BEM – Bundesverband eMobilität), that we have already joined last year.

The BEM lobbies for the change from the combustion engine to electric motors powered by renewable energies. This goal goes along with the objective of the federal government which aims to develop Germany to the leading market for e-mobility within the next ten years. One of the major tasks of the BEM is the improvement of the legal framework for the expansion of electric vehicles and the required charging stations. Also the association lobbies for equal chances for all players in the industry when the German mobility concepts finally switch to e-mobility. Therefore the BEM connects the involved players – companies, politics and media who push for major infrastructural changes.

The BEM

The logo of the BEM

“Together we now have to create a solid grounding for an emissions-free mobility to make sure the following generations will also be able to enjoy the advantages of individual mobility. Keeping that in mind it does not really matter if there will be exactly one million e-cars in Germany in 2020. But we have to find answers on the questions that will appear when we can´t depend on petrol anymore”, says Kurt Sigel, chairman of the BEM. “In that context e-mobility is a highly important alternative to combustion engine powered mobility. Now is the time to makeour society familiar with the technology and its advantages.”

The association is based in Berlin and supports its members in many different ways. The BEM regularly organizes roundtables and backs companies at trade shows and congresses. But not only members benefit from the knowhow of the association. More and more municipalities consider leasing electric vehicles and therefore approach the BEM asking for its expertise. Every single day experts from the BEM calculate the individual potential savings for towns and cities who want to put an e-mobility infrastructure in place.

Bundesverband eMobilität - BEM

A campaign of BEM

Besides its website and several campaigns the BEM-magazine “Neue Mobilität” is an important channel of the association. We have already supported the publication with various articles. ”Neue Mobilität” updates the industry four times a year about projects and events, the work of the BEM and its members as well as about important dates and news of the branch. Comments, statements and opinion articles from experts’ focus on the status quo of e-mobility and interviews give exclusive insights and forecasts.

We hope the BEM continues to contribute a lot to the successful development of e-mobility in Germany. The work of the association is essential to create an environment in politics, the economy and the society where e-mobility plays a crucial role.

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  1. Sass Peress says:

    EMobility mass adoption depends on convenience and affordability of both vehicles AND infrastructure. While there can be occasional demonstrations of superior design or architecture of cars or charging stations, consumers and business will only get engaged in affordable and life-enhancing cars or EV refuelling stations. Once in a blue moon you can build a statue, but most of the time practical considerations win over. As long as eMobility or its infrastructure is regarded from an elitist perspective, it won’t gain much traction and in the end the most basic question is the most important…how many have been SOLD. In the world economic times we live, fewer statues are being built or bought.

  2. giadro says:

    The car companies only understand the language of $s. If we want to give ev cars a change we have to stop buying ICE cars. Only then, the car manufacturers will finally understand. EU has to stop to give money to car industry to develop emobility. The industry, that keeps saying that there is no future for ev cars are the first to suck money out of public financing. That money should go to scientists that have at heart the research, not to finance industry that has no intention (as they repeat over and over) to develop ecars for a real market and not just for exhibitions.
    I am sorry, but the only solution is NO (DECENT AND REAL) PLUG, NO DEAL.

  3. EIGHT says:

    In the past we have been told – and sometimes we had to experience – that being green comes with a loss of life quality and means relinquishment. Now we recognize that being green becomes sexy and increases the quality of life. Great and emotional design will support this even more. Hence, design is an essential communications channel when introducing new technologies to the broad public and getting people interested and excited about new ideas. We need to create a positive image for a green society through interesting and human designs.

  4. Sass Peress says:

    We all agree that nice design is the right way to portray emobility. However everything has a price and trying to get people to buy expensive “statues” as a business model is for art gallery owners, not builders of emobility infrastructure. Deployment of such “statu-esque” structures will be few and far between, and I guess the proof is that after over two years, how many “statues” have many of the more expensive infrastructure been built, vs more affordable solar emobility charging stations. Facts on the ground count far more in this equation than pretty pictures.

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