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Battery expert Prof. Martin Winter: The state and the auto industry must save Germany as a battery location

Battery expert Prof. Martin Winter
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E there is still a time window of two years

' We have all the technological possibilities to keep up, 'said Winter, Head of the battery research center MEET at the University of Münster. 'We have the engineers and the chemical industry, and I still see an open development window of two years.'

That is why Winter sees car manufacturers and the federal government have an obligation. 'For this, the state and the automobile manufacturers must now cooperate closely.' However, given the short time frame, Winter sees too little commitment. 'Instead, we just wait. We need time and money to keep Germany as a battery location.'

At the end of the year, Li-Tec, the last major battery production in Germany, will close. The company was originally founded jointly by Evonik and Daimler, but is now wholly owned by the automaker. But Daimler apparently sees no chance of producing these high-quality batteries profitably in Germany.

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