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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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eFuels make an important contribution to the energy transition

eFuels based on renewable energy are driving the comprehensive defossilisation of transport and mobile machinery and are an important component of ambitious climate protection.

Electromobility and lightweight construction - symbiosis or contradiction?

Working group discusses hybrid lightweight construction developments and digitalization strategies in a challenging economic environment at annual conference.

New research project focuses on drones and driverless transport systems

FlowPro: Micrologistics of the future with ground- and air-bound autonomous transport units

Smart Farming and 5G - what are the practical benefits?

Report on the current development of digital experimentation fields in Germany and on the potential applications of 5G in agriculture and forestry.

Study: Drive system in change - fuel cell

In addition to battery electric vehicles, the fuel cell will be another mainstay of future mobility. In order to assess the effects and potential for mechanical and plant engineering at an early stage, the second edition of the study "Drive in Change" was published with a focus on fuel cell technology.

FVV studies on life cycle analysis of alternative propulsion systems

A meta-study by the Research Association for Combustion Engines (FVV), conducted by Frontier Economics, provides information on how climate-friendly new drive technologies are.

Climate targets can only be achieved with hydrogen

The use of hydrogen is indispensable for achieving climate neutrality. The National Hydrogen Strategy is an important building block for this.

Tomorrow's mobility urgently requires openness to technology

From bicycles to container ships: a variety of technologies will continue to be needed in drive technology in the future. Mechanical engineering is driving the development of all types of drive, including electromobility.

Research funding - how to know

In order to support long-term and future-oriented research and development, innovative projects are financially supported. In addition to collaborative research, companies now also have the option of tax-based research funding. We give you an overview of the funding landscape.

Producing mobility of the future

Mechanical and plant engineering stands for innovation and solution competence in the field of mobility and mobile applications. As a manufacturer, equipment supplier and user, the entire bandwidth is covered, making mechanical engineering a "driver" of transformation as well as of efficiency increases in existing solutions in transport and logistics. We supply the production technologies for sustainable mobility and competitive jobs in Germany.

Guide: More yield, less CO2

The agricultural machinery industry is pursuing ambitious climate targets: New machines are to consume up to 40 percent less fuel in 2030 compared to 1990. The guide "Saving diesel with innovative agricultural technology" helps to achieve this goal.

Accompanying change, not directing it!

Joint economic policy positions of the mechanical and plant engineering industry 2020

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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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billion euros in sales

are possible for components of passenger car fuel cells in Europe in the year 2040.

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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Other VDMA Services
Brochure: Lithium-ion battery systems in industrial trucks
This free brochure describes the use of lithium-ion technology for industrial trucks and outlines solutions for applying it safely within companies.
Fuel Cells Working Group
The VDMA Fuel Cells Working Group seeks to successfully establish fuel technologies in Germany and position them on global markets. The working group therefore represents the industry's political interests in Germany and increasingly also abroad.
CO2 study by CECE and CEMA (English)
The agricultural and construction machinery industry has had an impressive track record of increasing energy efficiency over the last 50 years. The study "Optimizing our industry 2 reduce emissions" answers the question of how to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in particular CO2, in the coming years.
Mobile Machinery Forum
The Mobile Machinery Forum (Mobima) promotes the exchange between OEMs and suppliers at a neutral association level. It facilitates the reconciliation of positions across sectors as well as the initiation of joint projects. Current information is available for download in the regularly published "Mobima Bulletin".
Working Group Machines in Construction MIC 4.0
The Machines in Construction MIC4.0 working group is defining the foundation for machine-to-X communication and developing legally compliant structures for collaboration in the use of machine and process data. All companies interested in the topic of digitalizing construction machinery can become members of the working group.

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