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E-mobility Index Q1/2017

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January 5, 2017

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Our first quarter 2017 study of the electromobility sector offers insights into the strong competition among international market players. Conducted in collaboration with the Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (fka), the e-mobility index compares the relative competitive standings of the top seven automotive nations (Germany, France, Italy, the USA, Japan, China and South Korea) with analyses based on three indicators: technology, industry, and market.

In terms of technology, German OEMs have regained their leading position, now on a par with France. Japan and Korea rank second and third, respectively. German OEMs not only offer considerably more electric powertrains, but also longer cruising ranges at similar prices. While the French product portfolio is smaller, as their OEMs keep focusing on smaller battery electric vehicles, they offer the best value for money.

Charging convenience is the focus, while fast-loading capability is gaining importance in customer acceptance. The index takes this into account. The technology indicator has been re-weighted accordingly.

In the industry sector, China is now clearly claiming the top position. The reason for this is the rapidly growing market, which is also supplied with over 90 percent of lithium-ion cells from local production. The supply situation for the materials used in the battery production remains critical for many countries, due to the great dependency on China, the Congo, South Korea and Japan.

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E-mobility Index Q1/2017


In terms of technology, German OEMs have regained their leading position, now on a par with France. China has taken over the lead in the industry due to its higher levels of production and value creation. In terms of markets, all seven leading automotive nations are increasingly on the same level.

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