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New drive technologies, new fuels and transportation solutions: Tomorrow's mobility is cross-linked, resource-saving, efficient - and an opportunity for mechanical engineering. Since with adapted business models and technologies, companies in Germany can successfully shape the change in drive systems and generate additional value.

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"Considering the diversity of mobility which requires future-proof drives, there is no way around being technologically open-minded."

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Source: VDMA-Studie „Antrieb im Wandel – Auswirkungen der Brennstoffzellentechnologie auf den Maschinen- und Anlagenbau und die Zulieferindustrie“

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Power-to-X (P2X) needs a robust strategy for the future
  • In order to be internationally compatible, German plant engineering must establish technological leadership in the field of P2X plants.
  • The foundation for this lies in a strong domestic market from which to further develop technologies and establish new value chains.
  • The Federal Government should work at the EU level to ensure that in future, the level of energy taxes will be determined by the CO2 intensity of the energy sources.

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