Developing and conceptualising a joint project on electric mobility in the Innovation Region Rheinisches Revier (IRR)


Background and aims of the project

Electric mobility is the future – but despite all political and economic efforts, electric cars have not been firmly established on German roads. While by now most people know what the charging stations set up in many places are for, few actually use them. This is at least partially due to technological and organisational challenges and suitable circumstances that need to be created first.

The Innovation Region Rheinisches Revier has also recognised this. This project therefore aimed to develop and provide a concept that will increase the number of electric vehicles on the roads of the Innovation Region. This will cover both mobility concepts (carsharing, fleet vehicles, ...) and the different types of vehicles (pedelecs, public transport, cars, utility vehicles, ...). This approach focuses on connecting all the actors involved in the overall regional concept. In order to do so, sub-projects needed to be defined and assigned to the actors involved. The concept also aimed to come up with sponsoring and funding options in cooperation with all the actors, and to show the next steps which need to be taken to establish electric vehicles on the region’s roads. This will finally provide the basis for the region to become the model region for electric mobility in NRW in 2020 [master plan Electric Mobility NRW].

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Project contents and structure
The project is structured into five work packages which build on one another and partially overlap.
Against this background, PEM took on the management and organisation of the project and was supported by the ISB in the content of all of the work packages. The support provided by the ISB included literature research, coordinating the main theses, identifying concepts, and communicating with stakeholders. In addition, the ISB cooperated with PEM to create sub-projects resulting in a catalogue of measures, which in turn was completed by an implementation concept.

Project duration

August 2015 – October 2015

Commissioned by
IRR – Innovationsregion Rheinisches Revier GmbH (

Project partner
Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM Aachen GmbH), RWTH Aachen University (

Contacts at the ISB
Dr.-Ing. Andreas Witte
Dipl.-Ing. Alexandra Theißen