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"Powering forward new technologies and innovations while continuously improving existing skills and products is the strategy pursued by Germany's federal state of Baden-Württemberg on the path toward a new climate-friendly era of mobility," explains Franz Loogen, Managing Director of e mobil BW GmbH, the State Agency for New Mobility Solutions and Automotive Baden-Württemberg. He adds that the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion at Energy, the leading international trade fair for integrated energy systems and mobility at HANNOVER MESSE 2018, clearly demonstrates the necessary interplay between the technology-driven fields of energy, mobility and data processing. The 26 exhibitors at the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion include all manner of software engineers, startups, SMEs, universities and research institutes along with aircraft manufacturers, energy providers and suppliers.

They are all facing the major challenge of reinventing themselves in more ways than one to bolster south-western Germany's status in the global automotive industry. After all, the transition to electric automobiles is only one piece of the puzzle. The extensive networking and automation of vehicles, logistics and mobility services for industry, energy providers and local authorities amounts to an equally major upheaval. Fortunately, Baden-Württemberg boasts a unique industrial ecosystem made up of high-performance companies coupled with excellent research institutes and universities. Many of them can be seen at the "South-West Electromobility Cluster" led by e-mobil BW, as they forge a common foundation for the emerging diversity of innovative mobility solutions.