Remanufacturing Possibilities within New Mobility

Risk and challenges of the remanufacturing market
source: S_LIFE

S_LIFE project organized their 2nd public conference as an official partner of the eCarTec Munich 2013. The conference for electric and hybrid mobility presented high profile experts from the automotive industry, research and development.

Climate change and global resource shortages lead to rethinking our classic individual mobility which was based on combustion engines. Following the recent technological improvements, electric vehicles are now well introduced and further market penetration can be expected. But in the perspective of wider use of battery-powered electrical propulsion systems, new challenges arise for both the classic automotive industry and further new players. (e.g. battery manufacturers, the power supply industry or other service providers) Due to the various application cases of electric vehicles currently discussed, numerous business models can emerge. This would lead to new shares in the value creation and involve new participating players. Consequently, the individual stakeholders are uncertain as to which business models are most effective with regard to targeting a profitable concept.

Prof. Dr. Carsten Bücker, Managing Partner & CEO of BU Bücker Unternehmensgruppe Holding and Vice Chairman of Automotive Parts Remanufacturing Association APRA, Lingen (Germany)

Prof. Bücker described in his lecture "Remanufacturing Possibilities within New Mobility" the risk and challenges of the remanufacturing market and concluded saying that electromobility is going to cause basic technical changes around power units and lead to the development of new products. With these new products, new challenges will arise for the entire vehicle's lifecycle. However the risk of an early "electronic total loss" in modern vehicles is, in the perception of the vehicle owner, a great danger in terms of cost effectiveness.
Nonetheless, recycling of raw materials with respect to the reconditioning ability of mechatronic and electrical parts has a sustainable importance for the success of the market penetration of electric vehicles.
These new products and parts for electric cars require new remanufacturing strategies as well as car service concepts, so Prof. Bücker

The related trade fairs of eCarTec and MATERIALICA (15th - 17th October, 2013) saw 479 companies presenting their products in the fields of electric vehicles, electronics, energy storage technology, energy and infrastructure as well as lightweight design and smart materials over an area covering 22,000 square meters of exhibition space to over 12,000 visitors.


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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme FP7 under grant agreement n 285811.