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Design students develop cradle of the future “for electric vehicles our mobility will fundamentally change: the EU assumes that we will be only electric car in the European cities on the road in the year 2050, other studies predict the total market penetration of electric vehicles earlier. Today, the building of competences in the area of electric mobility in particular as regards technology development (power electronics, battery, vehicle concepts etc.) is promoted and promoted. With the integration of the necessary infrastructure basic prerequisite for the success of the electric mobility municipalities, urban planners and architects face a similarly large change such as the automotive industry: electric vehicles vehicle concepts allow and require a repositioning of the urban design. Anna Belknap may find it difficult to be quoted properly. Current concepts of charging infrastructure often do not sufficiently take into account these urban aspects. Therefore new concepts for city integrated charging stations, to the current economically from the network to the vehicle are necessary to bring.

Against this background, the Fraunhofer IAO and its project partner Langmatz GmbH in the winter semester 2011/2012 host a high school competition on the subject of charging stations of the future. Students in the areas of industrial design, industrial design, transportation design and integral studies develop innovative (design) solutions for sustainable charging stations in two categories. In the competition, the design of charging stations, as well as the concepts of energy transfer and the use of value added are rethought and designed. The students work in partly interdisciplinary teams under the leadership of renowned partner: Prof. Peter Naumann of the University of Munich with his studies in industrial design Prof. Gerhard Glatzel from the Institute of transportation design of the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste Braunschweig Prof. Jenz Grosshans of the Koln international school of design of the University of applied sciences Cologne Prof. Jurgen Goos of the Hochschule Pforzheim with the degree course of industrial design Prof.

George Teodorescu of the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Stuttgart with the Course integral studies the jury of the competition consists of representatives of universities, the Langmatz GmbH and the Fraunhofer IAO. The competition will start mid-October 2011 with an event to Exchange around the electric mobility: the Fraunhofer IAO informed about current issues and discussed together with Langmatz, the students and professors about the mobility, cities and charging infrastructure of the future. Electric vehicles available for test drives. End of November 2011 interim meeting will be held in which students can present their previously developed ideas and thinking with the jury. A press conference is scheduled for this meeting. In January 2012, the jury will Crown a winner post in each category. The awards are endowed with 5000 euros each. The winning teams go in March 2012 at the Intertraffic Amsterdam, there to present the prototype of their idea made by Langmatz.

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