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Automotive engineering/Electromobility

The region which saw the birth of the automobile can still today claim to be the world's leading centre of the automobile industry.

In the year 2010 almost 180 000 people were employed in the regional automotive cluster, with a turnover of more than 40 billion euros in automobile construction alone. Around the premium vehicle producers Daimler and Porsche, and also Bosch, the largest automotive supplier, a highly innovative mix of medium-sized ancillary industries and specialised service contractors has sprung up.

Over 300 enterprises and institutions have joined to form the cluster initiative "CARS" (Clusterinitiative Automotive Region Stuttgart), with the aim of further strengthening the region's position as an automotive location and establishing it as a provider of new mobility technologies. The "Brennstoffzellen- und Batterie-Allianz Baden-Württemberg" (Baden-Württemberg Fuel Cell and Battery Alliance) is engaged in the development and distribution of sustainable and environment-friendly energy-producing and storage technologies. In addition, sector-specific competence centres interlink the diverse regional resources in the fields of virtual engineering, mechatronics and technical textiles.

Research and training centre for the automotive sector
Research and training facilities exist for almost all the relevant key and future-oriented fields of vehicle technology in the region. Stuttgart University is home to leading research centres and faculties of this industry. Furthermore, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) operates its own institute on the campus for innovative vehicle concepts, with the focus on new materials, lightweight design and emission-free propulsion systems.

Model region and showcase for electromobility
On the basis of its almost 130-year-old tradition of vehicle construction, the region is also emerging more and more as Europe's leading location for electromobility. At the beginning of 2012, the top-class cluster "Electromobility South-West" received an award from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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