PEM Publishes 700-Page Open Access Book on Electric Mobility


Shortly before the updated EU Battery Regulation comes into force, the chair "Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components" (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University has has published the book "Electric Mobility" in a completely revised third edition and for the first time as an "open access" publication. On more than 700 pages, the work with the new subtitle "Fundamentals of a Progressive Technology", which is already available for free download and will soon be published in print by "Springer Verlag", is devoted to all aspects of electric mobility – from its history to technological developments, legal framework conditions, and new business models.

  Graphic of the third edition of the PEM book "Electric Mobility" Copyright: © PEM RWTH Aachen University | Patrizia Cacciotti

Essential questions about infrastructure and sustainability

"Due to new vehicle components such as battery, power electronics, electric motor and fuel cell, the entire value creation process is changing," says PEM Director and co-editor Professor Achim Kampker. "In the new edition we also critically address essential questions about the sustainability of electric mobility and the infrastructure it requires." In seven major chapters, the book's 90 contributors provide extensive information on the history of e-mobility, electric vehicle-specific systems and their respective production, technical and regulatory frameworks, the actual and necessary infrastructure, novel business models along the entire value chain, and realistic sustainability potentials of electric mobility.

Education and training of future skilled workers are crucial

"It is the responsibility of today's scientific community to further develop electric mobility and make the production of its core components – battery, electric motor, and fuel cell – as cost-efficient and resource-efficient as possible," says PEM Management Member and co-editor Professor Heiner Heimes. "The effort that European research institutes are putting in must also serve the goal of competing globally." To achieve this, the education and training of appropriate future specialists is crucial. The new edition of the book "Electric Mobility" is therefore intended to provide orientation and help shape the transformation process.

Renowned guest authors

The writers also include renowned guest authors, such as battery expert Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer as well as Professor Rik W. De Doncker, expert for power electronics and electric drives, each from the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA) of RWTH Aachen University. The publication as an "open access" format is thanks to the sponsorship of the mechanical engineering company elexis AG.

The book is available as a free download.