EIT InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy innovation engine, has appointed Dr Jennifer Dungs in the new role of Mobility Lead to accelerate the impact of its latest focus area, energy for transport and mobility.
Currently the transport and mobility sector is responsible for about a third of Europe’s energy consumption and around 25% of overall greenhouse gas emissions. Now, mobility worldwide has reached an inflection point, where technology innovations such as electrification, autonomous driving and the connected car, are converging with society’s collective desire to do more around sustainability and climate change.
Based in Germany, Dungs joins InnoEnergy to capitalise on this convergence and act as an essential link between the automotive industry and InnoEnergy to accelerate its start-ups in the space. She originally hails from the automotive sector with more than 20 years’ experience with major players including Ford, BMW and Porsche, where she focused on emissions testing, sustainability, energy storage, and digitalisation. In addition, she was the Director at Fraunhofer IAO for Mobility, Urban Systems Engineering focusing on future vehicle technologies, such as autonomous driving, as well as urban mobility solutions.
Commenting on her role Dungs says, “The face of mobility is changing. Technology is transforming this industry rapidly. No one company can successfully navigate the road ahead alone. The key to success lies in unlocking the powerful partnerships between industry and innovators to de-risk investments and take the big steps needed to stay relevant.”
“I joined InnoEnergy to create a real impact on the European mobility market not only from a technology perspective but also regulatory. Regulation will soon be the biggest challenge that the mobility sector will face with new technologies and ways of working emerging. There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to mobility and there is a real opportunity here to transform the way we travel forever. To be at the forefront of that inside InnoEnergy’s ecosystem is truly exciting,” adds Dungs.
InnoEnergy already has a number of innovations in its portfolio as part of the mobility field including eCloud Adapter, a unique mobile charging station, electric-assisted tricycles and bikes by Evolo, Atawey, who has hydrogen refuelling stations for fleets or NAWA Technologies which is developing an ultra-fast, long-life, green battery.
Christian Müller, CEO at InnoEnergy Germany says, “Adding Jennifer to the team here in Germany is key in our evolution. One out of four people in Germany are associated with the automotive industry and its our goal to continue to secure a sustainable and competitive sector and for the next generation.”