A ls in The Autostadt in Wolfsburg opened the multi-award-winning permanent exhibition “Level Green” in 2009 when Greta Thunberg was just six years old. For ten years now, visitors have been able to find out about their own personal CO2 footprint - and playfully learn the simple ways they can make their contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Heat less, for example. Or eat seasonal and regional food.
Everything to do with mobility
The Autostadt in Wolfsburg, opened in 2000, is still in the minds of many people a mere delivery station for newly purchased VW cars Models. Less than 25 percent of the visitors come to pick up their new Golf or T-Roc. The conception was about much more from the start. The Autostadt has given itself a holistic educational mandate, the focus of which has long been on the subject of mobility. In this context, visitors can find out about sustainable mobility in urban and rural regions as well as sustainable urban development.
In times of increasingly noticeable climate change, it is now a matter of reinforcing this world of thought - and filling it with new life. It is no longer enough to offer food in the Autostadt restaurants that meets fair trade standards. Under the direction of its managing director Roland Clement, who has been in office for two years, the Autostadt wants to move towards the Smart Mobility Campus: “We see ourselves as a place where people can discuss and experience their own mobility. It doesn't have to be the car, but it can. We also want more young people in the futureappeal to people who prefer new forms of mobility and who may not have had that on our radar before. '
For them, more and more is being offered under the heading of 'new mobility': guests were able to attend events on the site Extensive testing of the e-scooters from the VW subsidiary Seat, young people had different levels of hoverboard expansion available, and whoever wanted to try Moia's new shuttle service didn't have to travel to the test area in Hamburg. That was also possible in the Autostadt.
In racing simulations, visitors can experience the ID.R racing car, which is electrically powered in reality. The Porsche Taycan is in the exhibition as is the ID.Buzz study. And if you want, you can take test drives in electric cars like the Audi e-tron. In the future, there will also be a permanent course for newly developed concepts in the field of micromobility - e-scooters and co. Can be checked here for their suitability for everyday use. And when the technology is ready, the first test laps in autonomous car models should be possible.
There are young onesThe focus is also on target groups when it comes to thinking ahead: On December 4th, the first Mobicampus will take place in cooperation with auto motor und sport. Students from different universities meet here to think ahead and come up with solutions, such as how the commuter traffic of the future can be redesigned. And how it is possible to create affordable living space for people in an urban environment.
'We can be the VW campus, a place of discovery, participation and communication', Roland Clement explains his approach to the further development of the Autostadt. The Mobicampus is also about discussing new forms of micromobility: What sense do e-scooters make? Who divides the public space that is needed for new means of transport? Questions that Autostadt wants to ask itself in this context.
And of course it's also about giving the ideas and thoughts of the new generation more space. To create space to articulate fears and worries about the topic of climate change - and to develop approaches how young people who are not yet eligible to vote can participate in decision-making processes that affect their future.
New Thinking about sustainability basically refers to many areas of life in the Autostadt. There are regular workshops for children where, for example, they can playfully learn that asparagus, strawberries or plums are not available all year round - unless they are flown in over long transport routes. And you will learn about culinary alternatives to burgers, french fries and doner kebab.
Workshops for students
Above all, grades five to ten are addressed in so-called Learnlabs: You learn in courses such as 'Design Thinking' to think outside the box early on. Or to grapple with the fact that sustainability should not just be an empty phrase - but that everyone can contribute to it in their everyday life.
In the small car manufacturer, youngsters can build racing cars, in the course on 'Technology and Digital Skills' 3-D printers are first programmed on the computer and the cars are then actually put together. The functionality of internal combustion engines is highlighted as well as the advantages and disadvantages of e-mobility. And so that the approach remains holistic - it is also about planning cities of the future that should have the shortest possible transport routes in order to avoid traffic jams during rush hours.
In In times when the VW Group is concentrating fully on e-mobility and wants to bring almost 70 pure e-models to market across the group by 2028, many questions arise for potential customers: Is an e-car worth it for me? Will I be able to charge at home? If so, what will it cost me? What about parking in the future? The Autostadt wants to deal with all these points in the future - the projects are literally as electrified as the whole group is currently in view of the holistic change in mobility with its many different facets.
The exchange with scientists and students is ongoing the first Mobicampus in December and into the next round in 2020.
Info: Ideas for urban mobility
A city quarter as an example of how commuter traffic can be avoided.
It is a showcase project right at the Wolfsburg headquarters. The Steimker Gardens district is currently being built on VW's own space. There will be around 550 in collaboration with the city by 2023new apartments built for corporate employees, who then benefit from short distances to their workplace. Anyone who had to jam their way from the A 2 autobahn to downtown Wolfsburg during rush hour in the morning will have an inkling of how quickly mobility problems can be solved with such construction measures. The project encompasses condominiums and rental apartments as well as furnished apartments, for example in order to easily find accommodation for foreign software developers in Wolfsburg - a city with a real estate market that is now very tense. The further development of the project takes place under the condition of the resource-saving use of energy. 145 apartments will be completed this year, and a further 112 apartments plus 50 rental apartments will follow in 2020 in the Fallersleben district. Autostadt would also like to contribute to this: to find further ideas for new smart city concepts.
Action: Open to new ideas
The Autostadt would like to continue appeal more to young people who prefer new forms of mobility. The kick-off is the MOBICAMPUS.
For months, those responsible at Autostadt in Wolfsburg and auto motor und sport have been working on the idea of a joint MOBICAMPUS with its sub-brand MOOVE and have also got the support of Professor Stephan Rammler, who as Scientific Director of the Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment (Berlin) has taken over the content management of the MOBICAMPUS Congress 2019 in the Autostadt in Wolfsburg. For years, Rammler has dealt intensively with questions relating to the mobility of the future and is the author of numerous books such as “People without a car” and “Thrust reversal. The future of mobility ”. On December 4th, students from different universities (including RWTH Aachen, Hochschule Fresenius, Hochschule Mittweida and Ostfalia) will work on four main topics in workshops:
- Urban mobility. Suggestions for intelligent mobility in the context of new real estate projects.
- Region and rural mobility: alternative concepts for daily commuting.
- How do we organizeMicromobility? How do you create space for new mobility concepts?
- How can the younger generation be better integrated into decision-making processes? Keyword electoral partnerships.
The event is open to visitors from 5 to 6 p.m. (admission: 10 euros) in the Autostadt's panorama cinema. Further information can be found at https://autostadt.regiondo.de/mobicampus -congress-2019 or at www.autostadt.de