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OEMs shifting to electromobility in changing climate of growing global EV sales

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 06:00
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When President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate accord in June by declaring that “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” he probably didn’t realize that the Steel City is among the American metropolitan areas at the forefront of implementing electric vehicles (EVs).

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The region’s now-rusting blast furnaces underwent their final cool-down years ago, and Pittsburghers have subsequently enacted high-tech revitalization efforts – more than 13,000 people are currently employed in a renewable energy industry that includes increased EV acceptance in conjunction with an accelerating global push towards vehicle electrification.

Automotive sector executives and other decision-makers from throughout the world will gather to further explore electromobility during the Oct. 9-11 International Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany.

Known as EVS30, this 30th annual edition of the event is being hosted by the World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA) and the European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (AVERE).

“Our experience shows that electromobility is about to enter the market in a big way,” said Franz Loogen, managing director of Germany’s e-mobil BW, a Baden-Wuerttemberg state agency promoting advanced vehicle technologies in association with WEVA and AVERE.

“The EVS, as the most important international event on electromobility, is for us the ideal platform not only to ensure access for small- and medium-sized companies to the latest research results from around the world,” says Loogen, “but also for them to make personal contacts and to lay the foundation stone for their own international networks. With the matchmaking and networking events offered at the trade fair, we want to contribute and assist in opening up business opportunities.”

Among the expo’s sponsoring partners is the International Energy Agency (IEA) and its global Implementing Agreement for co-operation on Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies (IA-HEV) Program.

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