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Episode 2: Putting the E in German Mobility

- January 2023 -

Europe’s automotive heartland is entering a new era, as it gears up for the transition to electric mobility. So what are the main changes and what sorts of businesses stand to profit most?

In this episode, we examine how the German automotive sector is gearing up for the transition to electric mobility. We talk to Matthias Zentgraf, who convinced the biggest battery supplier of the world to come to Germany. Automotive business guru Stefan Di Bitonto discusses the opportunities of the German market. And renowned chemist Prof. Martin Winter tells us how batteries will see higher energy densities, longer lifetimes, greater safety and sustainability, lower production costs.

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The cast

Matthias-Zentgraf_RZ Matthias-Zentgraf_RZ | ©; Paul-Philipp Braun

Matthias Zentgraf

President of CATL Europe. Matthias Zentgraf has a background in the conventional car industry, working as a mechanical engineer in combustion engines and turbo machines. Later he was sales director at Samsung. In 2015 he moved into the field of e-mobility and began working for CATL. The Chinese company is the world’s leading lithium battery supplier.


Stefan Di Bitonto Stefan Di Bitonto | © GTAI/ Illing & Vossbeck Fotografie

Stefan di Bitonto

Deputy Director Mechanical & Electronic Technologies at Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), the German government’s international business promotion agency. Stefan Di Bitonto consults with international automotive and supplier companies interested in expanding to Germany.


Porträt Martin Winter, FZ Jülich Porträt Martin Winter, FZ Jülich | © FZ Jülich

Prof. Martin Winter

Professor for Materials Science, Energy and Electrochemistry and head of the battery research center MEET at the University of Münster. Martin Winter is founding member of the Helmholtz Institute Münster HI MS “Ionics in Energy Storage” and a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. He is a recipient of the Officer's Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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