Value added and competences in the transition to electric mobility - An analysis of the European automotive industry

Publication Type:

Journal Article


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 15, Number 1, p.20-42 (2015)



In the transition to electric mobility, old and new competences have to be developed as a consequence of the technological change in order to prevent the deterioration of companies' competence bases and, based on this, their value added. On the basis of an own market scenario, the change in the European automotive industry's value added due to increasing shares of electric mobility is calculated by a value added model. The forecast shows that the European automotive industry's value added will remain stable overall, but the value added per vehicle will fall. In the process, however, the skills of young professionals who will be needed in the field of R&D in the automotive industry will change significantly. Companies with a sound competence base can build this internally by above-average renewal of competences. Thus, they can counterbalance a competence deficit by breaking up their previously integrated value architecture and handing more value added to suppliers. Copyright © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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