Motorized mobility is becoming increasingly different: multimodal, flexible, spontaneous and situational. However, one thing remains the same, vehicles are still needed for the implementation. What they will look like, whether they will be powered electrically or by fossil fuels, whether they will run automatically or even autonomously and when which step will be reached, is not predictable with certainty today. As far as the use of mobility is concerned, there are also different concepts that lead to different scenarios depending on generations and geographical regions. Nevertheless, it is a question of vehicles, and these will also have to be produced in Germany in the future, including technology leadership. Automotive production will be increasingly characterized by a variety of dependencies, which, in addition to the uncertainties described above, will have to overcome other challenges: the shortage of skilled workers, digitization, diversification, sustainability, global value-added chains and ambivalences between mass production and batch size 1 have a massive impact on their competitive realization. Existing know-how currently represents an excellent basis for future production in high-wage Germany. However, there is an acute need for action to secure and expand the production site.
This white paper is a key driver: digitization, market, human, drive technologies. Derived from the resulting challenges, the Fraunhofer AutoMOBILE Production Alliance presents options and a concrete solution space.