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Sustainable mobility in the Stuttgart region
"Heading for a mobile and sustainable Stuttgart Region. Whether the f-cell conference and trade fair, the Fuel Cell Centre of Excellence or Stuttgart as a pilot region for electric mobility: if its about new drive technologies, the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart GmbH, WRS) is always at the forefront. And this is true for any normal work day too: today, all WRS employees drive electric vehicles. The whole company fleet is electric - whether on two or four wheels. Currently, WRS manages the "Showcase Region for Electric Mobility LivingLab BW emobil" together with e-mobil BW (State Agency for Electric Mobility Baden-Wuerttemberg), which is one of the largest demonstration projects within Europe. The Stuttgart Region, with its own "Model region for sustainable mobility" programme, is also a sponsor. Each year, interested parties can submit projects pertaining to sustainable mobility. It not only sponsors electric vehicle carsharing projects but also pedelec hiring systems at train stations and an overhead cable bus project. WRSs engagement in the area of sustainable mobility is not a coincidence. Over recent decades, a cluster of companies and institutions from the vehicle industry has gathered in this region. Car manufacturers, system and component suppliers, engineering consultancies and many research institutes bundled their competencies in the region, with 180,000 employed in this cluster. That means that conditions in the Stuttgart Region are already set for developing new solutions for the mobility of people and goods."