National Platform Future of Mobility

During the last legislative period of the German Bundestag, the National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM) was a focal point for discussions on strategic decisions in the field of mobility. Changes in the mobility sector are accompanied by far-reaching technical, legal and social changes. For this reason, the NPM clarified facts on complex topics and brought together relevant stakeholders, technical expertise and politics. Based on the results from discussion in the NPM, recommendations for action were made to politicians, businesses and society.

In a total of six working groups, experts from a wide range of disciplines addressed key developments in the transport sector.

The formation of the National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM) was based on the coalition agreement of CDU, CSU and SPD for the 19th legislative period.

The milestones of the NPM

  • 09/19/2018
  • 09/26/2018
  • 03/29/2019
  • 12/11/2019
  • 01/28/2020
  • 07/15/2020
  • 10/09/2020
  • 02/23/2021
  • 03/25/2021
  • 10/13/2021
  • 12/31/2021

The goals of the platform

The topics of the platform included developing sets of measures with reliable timelines. The aim was to recommend sets of measures that could together result in a work programme for the German Federal Government to shape a future-oriented, sustainable mobility system.

Develop multi-modal and intermodal solutions for a largely greenhouse gas-neutral and environmentally friendly transport system

Ensure a competitive automotive industry

Promote Germany as an employment location

Enable efficient, high-quality, flexible, safe and affordable mobility

The transport system should enable efficient, high-quality, flexible, available, safe, resilient and affordable mobility in both passenger and freight transport. The social, economic and technological drivers are always considered together as important processes of change for future mobility. The NPM accompanied the pursuit of the set goals as well as the implementation of concrete measures continuously and reported independently and neutrally on the progress achieved.”

The structure of the platform

Steering committee

The Steering Committee, alongside the working groups, provided the technical and content direction of the platform. The Steering Committee identified new topics to be addressed in the platform and makes suggestions for their implementation. It also managed the content work of the working groups, monitored their implementation and advises on results. The recommendations for action from the NPM were made by the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee met twice a year and as required.

Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann had assumed the role of chairman of the steering committee. Other members of the steering committee can be found in the following overview.

Working groups

The NPM operated in six different working groups, each of which addressed specific topics on shaping a future-oriented transport system. The working groups discussed possible technology-neutral options for action and formulated recommendations for action to the German Federal Government. The actors involved in the platform worked independently and free of charge. The management and moderation of the platform were non-partisan and neutral.

Transport and climate change
WG 1
Alternative drive technologies and fuels for sustainable mobility
WG 2
Digitalisation for the mobility sector
WG 3
Securing Germany as a place for mobility, production, battery cell production, primary materials and recycling, training and qualification
WG 4
Connecting mobility and energy networks, sector integration
WG 5
Standardisation, norms, certification and type approval
WG 6

Advisory commission

The Advisory Commission was the interface between the NPM and the Federal Parliament. It informed the Parliament about the results of the platform and received comments from the Parliament. The Advisory Commission communicated its assessment to the Steering Committee.

Platform coordination: the Secretariat

The NPM Secretariat organised and coordinated the Platform’s activities. It informed on the progress of cooperation and was the central contact for the private sector, public sector, civil society and media. The office was headed by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The implementation was managed by IFOK GmbH (the Project Office) and acatech (the Chairman’s Office).

The Project Office assumed the role of neutral platform management and coordinated the processes of the working group. It supported the heads of the working group as well as the responsible divisions from the BMDV (German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport), BMWK (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action) and BMUV (German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection) in the operational preparation, implementation and documentation of the meetings of the Steering Committee and Working Groups. In addition, it coordinated enquiries from the press to the Platform.

The Chairman’s Office was responsible for the consolidation and preparation of the working group results and advised the heads of the working groups as well as the responsible divisions of the BMDV, BMWK and BMUV on the content.