Martin Hammer is one of the five founders of INVENOX, a tech-company that develops and produces innovative Lithium-Ion batteries for mobile working machines and the industrial shipping industry. During this interview, we discussed about the importance of developing advanced batteries to accelerate electrification in the mobility sector and the need for a legal framework to support e-mobility initiatives in cities.
How will we move from A to B in 2037?
At that time, the presence of electric cars will be dominant. Many OEMs for private and professional vehicles announced, that the development of electric cars is their main focus. The need for a clean mobility in combination with legal boundaries will support this trend. Furthermore, the automation of the individual transport sector will change the traveling dramatically. For inner cities, I assume that there will be better public transport systems since the development of cities becomes “smarter”.
How will advanced batteries change the mobility of the future?
Since batteries are a weak spot of recent electric cars (not enough range, expensive, safety concerns, lifetime), advanced batteries will boost the electrification of all market segments. This includes of course the private vehicle sector but also professional sectors like light trucks, ground handling vehicles or working machines. Only with batteries of high quality, electrification will be accepted and is able to be embedded in society.
What is for you a liveable city?
I would prefer to live in a city that offers an equilibrium between noise and speed. A liveable city should offer a smart public transport sector to minimize the number of cars on the street. In various situations, this is the best way to move; this would be beneficial to the citizens as they would be able to enjoy the city more intensely.
For the speed, I am sure that the individual mobility is very important and useful – therefore, I see the electrification as a necessity, especially for the inner city, since only with electric cars can we ban emissions and noise from the place where we live.
What are nowadays your biggest challenges?
The biggest challenge is to manage the provision of our battery systems to all our customers. Since we are involved in many aspiring market segments, we face the challenge to serve all the customer demands for our battery systems in a short time. Therefore, we are currently expanding our production facilities and our team.
What are your three demands addressed to politics on a international level?
I only have one: encourage the electrification worldwide. Inner cities need the change to electromobility, so there has to be political support for electrifying the entire mobility sector. Especially for professional machines like diggers, cleaning machines, garbage trucks, there is huge demand for change. In all parts of the world there is a need for electrified vehicles and the politics have the task to prepare the boundary conditions.