Sino-German cooperation on electro-mobility

Project description

Title: Advisory services and support for Sino-German cooperation on electro-mobility
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Country: China
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China (MIIT)
Overall term: 2014 to 2016

Context
The Chinese Government is taking action on many levels to promote alternative drive systems. In this regard, China is opting for electro-mobility, not least for industrial-policy reasons. German enterprises are positioning themselves as lead providers of electro-mobility technology, for which they require unrestricted access to other lead markets such as China. Political cooperation between China and Germany in the area of electro-mobility has been stepped up in recent years. The aim of this increased cooperation is to create an enabling technical and strategic environment for the successful development of electro-mobility technology to help solve climate, environmental and transport problems.

Objective
Trade barriers have been dismantled in the Chinese market and new ones prevented from emerging, thus helping German manufacturers gain access to the market.

Approach
The project fosters dialogue between the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and its Chinese partner ministries. It advises BMWi on technical and strategic matters, liaises with new contacts and provides organisational support.

One of the key requirements in ensuring free market access for global manufacturers is the harmonisation of technical standards at the international level. Consequently, the project promotes the harmonisation of China and Germany's standardisation roadmaps. To this end, it facilitates a regular dialogue on current technical issues between the two countries' standardisation institutions and industry representatives. These activities serve to dismantle trade barriers, thereby allowing electric vehicles to be launched into the Chinese market.

Having a user-friendly electric charging infrastructure in place is one of the prerequisites for electro-mobility. The project therefore fosters dialogue between BMWi, Chinese Government authorities, energy companies and research institutions as a way of supporting the development of charging infrastructure and enabling open access to the market for German manufacturers. It is also supports the Sino-German Electric Vehicle Charging Project (SGEVCP), which is being implemented under the lead of Chinese and German car manufacturers. In this context, forums are being created to allow industry and government representatives to coordinate their activities. The importance which both countries place on these activities was highlighted on 8 July 2014 when German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined Mr. Miao Wei, China's Minister for Industry and Information Technology in opening the Beijing-Berlin E-Mobility Conference at the Tsinghua University campus in Beijing.

Results
The project undertakes comprehensive preparations for BMWi fact-finding tours to China and also for the annual meeting of the Sino-German Strategic Platform on Electro-Mobility. As information-sharing has increased, so too has the level of mutual understanding between China and Germany with regard to their respective standardisation processes.

With the two countries having compared their standardisation roadmaps, it was possible to draw up a joint work plan detailing how their respective institutions would compare and align their standards in future.

Discussion of the issue of charging infrastructure served to intensify the dialogue between government and industry representatives on topics such as the installation of charging stations and the increased use of renewable energies, and also helped dismantle barriers to the wider roll-out of electric vehicles.

Contact

Sandra Retzer
sandra.retzer@giz.de