Sector in brief

Bavaria-based OEMs are among the most innovative automotive manufacturers in the world in the fields of electromobility, networked vehicles and autonomous driving. Four of the ten companies and institutions with the most patent applications in 2021 come from automotive industries in Bavaria. Pilot projects such as the partnership between MAN and DB Schenker and the consortium involving Audi, Ducati, Ericsson and Qualcomm and other players are a clear demonstration of the leading role of Bavarian businesses internationally. One landmark project is the motorway digital test bed between Nuremberg and Munich. The combination of modern road infrastructure and the latest communication technology makes the motorway digital test bed a unique opportunity for practical trials for the automotive industry, suppliers, telecommunications companies and research facilities alike.

To promote the integration of the electromobility concepts developed into everyday life, the Bavarian government has its own regional funding programme to drive forward the development of a state-wide charging infrastructure. With the Bavarian Charging Infrastructure Support Programme, an instrument was created in 2017 to support the development of publicly accessible charging infrastructure in Bavaria in addition to the corresponding federal programme. All details on the new funding programme this year can be found on the website of Bayern Innovativ (in German language).

The target is to install 7000 publicly accessible charging stations in Bavaria by the year 2020. BMW, Allego, Porsche and Siemens were among those involved in "Fast Charge", a project with an ultra-fast charging station in Jettingen-Scheppach, Bavaria.

Andreas Fischer

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businesses in Bavaria along the entire value chain

In addition to electromobility, Bavaria is focusing especially on hydrogen as the energy carrier of the future, thus making a pioneering contribution to the mobility revolution. With its own strategy for hydrogen, the "Hydrogen Alliance" and Hydrogen Technology User Center in Pfeffenhausen Bavaria wants to become the world's leading expert in H2 technology through promoting companies, mobility research or test and application facilities.

Current projects and developments are, of course, bolstered by the fact that Bavaria is home to the headquarters of world-famous premium manufacturers such as Audi, BMW and MAN, and branches of around 1100 other leading businesses from all sections of the value chain. These include suppliers such as Bosch, Brose, The Dräxlmaier Group, Rexroth, Schaeffler and Webasto. Together, they generate 32.24 percent of turnover in Bavaria's industrial sector.

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% of companies and institutions with the most patent applications in 2021 in the automotive industry come from Bavaria

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