E-mobility: DIN intensifies cooperation with China

At the Hannover Fair, German and Chinese experts discussed initiatives and cooperation opportunities in the field of electromobility

At the Hannover Fair on 24 April 2012, German and Chinese experts from industry, research, politics and administration discussed initiatives and cooperation opportunities in the field of electromobility, with Federal Economics Minister Dr. Philipp Rösler underlining the importance of standardization in this area. At the associated events DIN represented the German standpoint in standardization matters.

Germany and China are both pursuing ambitious goals with regard to "electromobility". Germany aims to have one million electric vehicles on its roads by 2020, while for China the figure is five million. Organized by the German government, the German-Chinese conference on electromobility was attended by high-ranking German and Chinese experts from industry, research, politics and administration. Federal Economics Minister Dr. Philipp Rösler and Miao Wei, the Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology, opened the conference. In his speech, Dr. Rösler made frequent reference to the importance of standards in reaching the goals that had been set. The subjects discussed included the integration of electric vehicles in smart grids. German and Chinese model regions were also showcased. DIN Director Dr. Torsten Bahke gave a presentation on German-Chinese cooperation in the area of electromobility. He emphasised the vital role international standards play in efforts to establish electromobility worldwide and also the need to for countries to adopt these international standards, unchanged, at national level.

The series of presentations under the heading "Sino-German Cooperation in the Field of Electromobility and Standardization" staged by DIN und the Chinese standards organization SAC was dedicated to the same theme. While Dr. Rainer Jäkel, Deputy Director General in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, described the strategic objectives and political background behind the German-Chinese electromobility collaboration, Rüdiger Marquardt, Vice-Director of DIN, gave an overview of the main international activities and the current status of the work of the Sino-German working group on electromobility standardization. In her talk on the current Chinese initiative, Ms Dai Hong from the Standards Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC) outlined Chinas strategic approach to electromobility. As well as depicting areas of research of importance to China, she also made special reference to the country's standardization goals and their integration at international level. The number of motor vehicles in China is increasing at an enormous rate with forecasts of some 250 million vehicles by the year 2030. Electromobility will play an important role in achieving these growth figures. Werner Preuschoff from Daimler AG and Ni Feng from the Chinese utilities company SGEPRI gave an insight into the practical side of the technology and the issues under discussion at expert level. The presentations mainly dealt with infrastructure issues such as the communication between vehicle and grid, the different ways of charging electric vehicles in China and the combined charging system.