Competence Center for E-Mobility

As an e-car state, Saxony is one of Germany's pioneers in research, development and application and represents almost the entire value chain of electromobility: from technology companies in electrochemistry, microelectronics and software development to premium manufacturers and an innovative supply network in the passenger car sector.

Saxony has risen to become the TOP European region for the production of battery-electric cars in 2020. About every fourth e-car built in Europe is currently "Made in Saxony", as a study by the Chemnitz Automotive Institute (CATI) shows. With the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, Saxony has the largest and most efficient e-car plant in Europe.

AMZ - the Saxony Automotive Suppliers Network - supports the predominantly medium-sized Saxon automotive suppliers with projects on current challenges, including energy-efficient drives, automated and connected driving, lightweight construction and Industry 4.0. As the Efficient Mobility Competence Centre of the Free State of Saxony, the Saxon Energy Agency - SAENA GmbH is an important contact for the areas of electromobility and intelligent transport systems on issues relating to future-oriented mobility.

Source: Volkswagen AG

Car plants Saxony

Volkswagen AG, Zwickau plant

In Saxony, for the first time in the world, a large car factory has been completely converted from an internal combustion engine to an electric drive - and all this during ongoing production. This makes the VW plant in Zwickau the largest and most efficient e-car plant in Europe. The first fully electric ID.3 vehicles were already produced there in 2019. In 2020, the cars of the ID.4 series followed. In future, 330,000 purely electric cars per year are to be produced in Zwickau for Volkswagen, Audi and Se

Porsche Leipzig GmbH

The Panamera S E-Hybrid rolls off the production line at the Porsche plant in Leipzig. From 2022, the company plans to start production of the all-electric Macan, and a second e-car has also already been announced. In February 2021, Porsche connected a fast-charging park with a total capacity of seven megawatts to the grid under the name "Porsche Turbo Charging". This means that the site currently has Europe's most powerful fast-charging park, which is powered entirely by electricity from renewable energy sources.

BMW Group, Leipzig plant

For the BMW Group, the production site in Leipzig was the birthplace of the company's electric mobility. Since 2013, more than 200,000 units of the all-electric BMW i3 have already been produced here. The accumulated expertise in the field of electromobility will continue to be used intensively. Since May 2021, the site has been part of the company's international production network for high-voltage batteries. 

Mitarbeiter der Deutschen Accumotive in Kamenz

Source: Daimler AG


When it comes to high power batteries for alternative drives, the Daimler AG Group focuses on „Autoland Saxony.“ In its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH & Co. KG, the company continues to expand its production capacities for lithium-ion batteries. Systems for the hybrid models and the fully electric vehicles of the automobile group are produced at the Kamenz production site.


The popular development service provider FES GmbH Fahrzeug- Entwicklung Sachsen from Zwickau has translated its excellent performance in the e-mobility sector into a demonstrator vehicle based on an Audi R8 sports car. In cooperation with the Zwickau University of Applied Sciences (WHZ), the company has implemented all elements needed for the development of the complete vehicle which is propelled by four individual motors located near the wheels, ranging from the conceptual design of the electric drive system to the selection and integration of components all the way to the construction and testing of prototypes including the complete engineering of the driving dynamics. 


In autumn 2018, the Japanese semiconductor group Renesas Electronics Corporation took acquired the Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI). Steeped in tradition, the company is a leading global developer of energy-efficient analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the automotive, medical, and consumer goods markets as well as for industrial automation. One of the company’s exemplary products is an intelligent microchip which is able to save energy by systematically monitoring the charging and/or discharging process of lithium-ion batteries; thus, also extending the batteries’ life cycle.

Website Renesas


The Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH is one of the largest production sites for innovative automotive semiconductor solutions. Infineon produces in Dresden more than 200 different logic circuits. With about 50 percent, solutions for the automotive industry account for the largest share of the production portfolio. For example, Infineon chips from Dresden can be found inside the BMW i3 from Leipzig. 

Dresden is also the place where the company is currently establishing the world’s first high-volume factory for power semiconductors on 300 mm wafers. Power semiconductors are designed to control and switch high electric currents and voltages which is why they are elementary components in hybrid and electric vehicles. Infineon chips control battery systems in electric cars, recoup their braking energy and, thus, help extend the range of e-vehicles.

Dichtschweißen von prismatischen Zelldosen mit TK SY-Laserschweißkopf, ThyssenKrupp System Engineering GmbH, Batterie-Technikum Pleißa bei Chemnitz

Source: ThyssenKrupp System Engineering GmbH


Production technology for lithium-ion batteries is one of the key research and development activities of the plant construction specialist ThyssenKrupp System Engineering GmbH today. In a battery technology center in Pleißa near Chemnitz specialists develop and test assembly systems for the production of cells and batteries. Their objective is a resource-efficient and modular plant technology which helps reduce production costs and increase the quality of lithium-ion batteries. For example, BMW already produces the batteries for its BMW i3 from Leipzig on assembly lines made by ThyssenKrupp.

Mitarbeiter von AWEBA in der Produktion

Source: AWEBA


Since April 2016, the AWEBA Group has been integrated into the Schuler AG from Baden-Wurttemberg - a global leader in forming technology. The sites in Saxony - AWEBA Werkzeugbau GmbH Aue, WVL Werkzeug- und Vorrichtungsbau Lichtenstein GmbH in St. Egidien and ATF Auer Teilefertigung GmbH - master a number of globally unique tool and die technologies – for example, for the mass production of magnesium components straight from the coil on production presses – and provides all tool variants for the production of rotor and stator sheet packages which are used for the construction of electric engines and motors. The company also has a unique selling proposition when it comes to tools for high precision transmission components which combine both forming and fine blanking in one toolkit. The company, thus, actively supports the automobile manufacturers in the core topics lightweight construction and electrification of the powertrain.

„easyCharge“-Station von EA Systems, Dresden

Source: EA Systems Dresden GmbH


The EA Systems Dresden GmbH modulates innovative energy supply systems and optimizes existing systems. In so doing, particular attention is given to the integration of new electromobility concepts and the use of regenerative energy. The company has developed the „easyCharge“ charging station which permits intelligent and easy charging. The system consists of charging units, local administration, web administration, and a smartphone app. Open interfaces ensure a smooth integration into existing energy management and payment systems.

„StromTicket“ project

The „StromTicket“ project is a joint initiative of the partners Stadtwerke Leipzig GmbH, DREWAG – Stadtwerke Dresden GmbH, and ENSO Energie Sachsen Ost AG. With the „StromTicket,“ the utility service providers seek to test a standardized access and billing system via mobile devices at electric charging stations and to provide a link to applications from the public transportation sector. It permits mobile access to and simplifies the operation of publicly accessible charging infrastructure – both for customers and operators. Approximately 200 „StromTicket“ charging stations are available in the Leipzig and Dresden regions.

Steckdosen-System für Elektro-Ladestationen, MENNEKES Sachsen, Sehmatal-Neudorf



The MENNEKES Elektrotechnik Sachsen GmbH, which is located in Sehmatal-Neudorf in the Erzgebirge Mountains, has gained comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the e-charging technology sector. The subsidiary of the MENNEKES Group from North Rhine-Westphalia produces, for example, charging stations for garages and carports, the so-called „Home Chargers.“ 

In addition to plastic injection moldings, MENNEKES Sachsen also produces stainless steel housings both for socket combinations and for charging stations. The company also has sufficient capacities for the assembly of structural components. More than 110 people are employed at the production site Neudorf in the Erzgebirge Mountains.

BMW i8 "unter" einem Solar Carport-Komplettsystem von SOLARWATT Dresden

Source: BMW Group


Driving and refueling while also protecting the environment – this combination is mastered very successfully by the automobile manufacturer BMW and the Dresden-based solar module producer SOLARWATT GmbH. SOLARWATT is BMW’s cooperation partner in the e-mobility sector. Within the scope of the „360° ELECTRIC“ program, BMW i customers have the opportunity of acquiring the „Solar Carport“ or complete solar rooftop packages for their homes. SOLARWATT’s „Solar Carport“ not only permits the environmentally friendly refueling of electric cars; it is actually also able to essentially cover most of the electricity consumed by the respective household.


The VCDB VerkehrsConsult Dresden-Berlin GmbH is a subsidiary of the Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG (DVB) and Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) corporations. VCDB provides consulting, planning, and services in all matters pertaining to transportation. The business unit  „Electric Mobility“ supports development projects revolving around sustainable fuel and propulsion concepts for buses in public transportation, for example, with transport-related scientific studies on the introduction of diesel hybrid and e-buses. Towards this end, a specific focus is also on intelligent charging systems as well as interfaces to other transportation systems.

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