Hanover is the perfect host for an event that serves the entire battery and electric and hybrid supply chain, because the city’s automotive industry plays a crucial role in the state’s economy, with 30% of employment in Lower Saxony being in this sector.
A large proportion of this is attributed to automotive suppliers Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge (VW) and Continental AG, vehicle system manufacturer WABCO, construction machinery manufacturer Komatsu Hanomag and the Johnson Controls battery factory, as well as many other automobile production facilities across the state.
The region is bursting with opportunity for the e-mobility industry. This is supported by the federal government, which has invested €38m in Lower Saxony over the last five years through the ‘Our Horsepower Turns Electric’ showcase, an ambitious promotional programme to try out new solutions within electric mobility sustainable energy production.
Lower Saxony is Germany's frontrunner in renewable energies, with around one-third of Germany's oil and just over 90 % of its natural gas produced in the region. This is in support of Germany's ‘Energiewende,’ or Renewable Energy Revolution; the transition by Germany to a low carbon, environmentally sound, reliable, and affordable energy supply.
Car manufacturers are also entering the stationary battery market by building storage systems from retired car batteries. In cooperation with other partners, Daimler has launched several “second use” projects, including a 15MW project in the city of Hanover.
Situated in the heart of Europe, Lower Saxony offers increased opportunities for globalisation, which is a key focus for the 300+ exhibitors at The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo seeking collaborations across the entire global supply chain. The Messegelände boasts the world’s largest exhibition grounds and Hanover offersexcellent European and intercontinental connectionswithmajor transport routes providing easy access for the 2018 event’s anticipated 5,000 attendees.