Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – says of the Formula E race in Berlin tomorrow (Saturday):
'Formula E is driving innovation in electromobility forward, and providing an exhilarating spectacle for the mobility of the future. Formula 1 was yesterday – in tomorrow's world, all eyes will be on Formula E. I hope that we can broadcast this message to the motor industry as a whole. We could certainly do with more speed and enthusiasm in all sectors of the energy transition.
In this respect, Berlin is an ideal venue. It's a magnet for young, innovative start-up companies, who are in-creasingly discovering the energy transition as a business field for themselves. Like the energy industry, the automotive sector is also facing a radical upheaval as a result of the energy transition. Old business models are falling apart, new ones demand quite different approaches and ideas. That, too, can be clearly seen in Berlin. Through electromobility, car sharing and networking of all transport systems, the city has great potential to become a leading market for new urban mobility.
The manufacturers taking part in the Formula E are showing that they have their fingers on the pulse of the present. They're coming from France, Monaco, Italy, India, China, the UK, the US and – in the shape of ABT Schaeffer Audi Sport – from Germany as well. I wish all participants an exciting, fair competition and hope that, as a result of this event, electromobility in Germany will pick up even more speed. That would be a good omen for the energy transition.'
Founded by Andreas Kuhlmann, the group 'The energy market evolution. Be part of it!' in the 'Meetup' social network offers energy sector start-ups a platform for exchanging ideas. At present it already has over 650 members.