AN AWARD FOR INNOVATIONS
THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR DEUTZ AG PRESENTED THE NICOLAUS AUGUST OTTO AWARD. IN A FESTIVE SETTING IN COLOGNE’S FAMOUS OBSERVATION TOWER “COLOGNE TRIANGLE”, THE AWARD WAS PRESENTED TO ONE OF GERMANY’S BEST-KNOWN INNOVATORS: ELECTRIC PIONEER DR. GÜNTHER SCHUH.
The award ceremony took place on the 28th floor of the “Cologne Triangle”.
Even from a distance, the highlight of today’s event, the bronze-colored sculpture, could be seen on the 28th floor of the Cologne Triangle: the Nicolaus August Otto Award. The name of the innovation award refers back to the founder of DEUTZ AG. In 1876, Otto realized the first operational four-stroke engine and thus created the foundation for world motorization. In this spirit, the Nicolaus August Otto Award honors new visionaries of the future and promotes innovative ideas in the fields of alternative drives, mobility, energy efficiency, innovative technology, and futurology with prize money in the amount of 30,000 euros.
ELECTROMOBILITY FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC
In the presence of the sponsor of the event, Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization, and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, the award this year was presented to Dr. Günther Schuh, holder of the Chair for Production Systems at RWTH Aachen Technical University, co-founder of the electric vehicle manufacturer StreetScooter, and CEO of e.GO Mobile. The renowned engineer, who was born in Cologne, is a scientist and entrepreneur and a true electric pioneer who is making a significant contribution to the electrification of drive technology in Germany.
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO CO2-NEUTRAL MOBILITY
Dr. Andreas Pinkwart praised Schuh’s pioneering spirit: “Dr. Günther Schuh is one of Germany’s most important, and perhaps even our most important, guides on the road to mobility in the future. [...] His life’s work in research, development, and business would already be enough for several generations.”
Cologne’s Mayor Henriette Reker was also pleased with the selection of the award winner. “We need people like you who have visions of getting cities ready for the future and who are passionately convinced of their projects.”
DEUTZ CEO Dr. Frank Hiller explained at the award ceremony: “In Dr. Schuh, we’re honoring a man who has rendered outstanding services to the development of mobility of the future. By demonstrating that affordable electromobility works with today’s battery technology, he makes a contribution to CO2-neutral mobility in inner cities that cannot be overestimated.”
SYMPOSIUM ACCOMPANIES AWARD CEREMONY
The award ceremony was presented in a thematically coordinated symposium, hosted by TV presenter Annette Eimermacher. In a panel discussion, DEUTZ CSO Michael Wellenzohn, award winner Dr. Günther Schuh, Carl Martin Welcker (Managing Director of Alfred H. Schütte GmbH & Co. KG and President of the German Engineering Federation VDMA), Thomas Bitter (SVP of Technology, Volvo Construction Equipment) and Dr. Markus Müller (SVP Product Development & Technical Customer Support) spoke about the latest developments in electromobility. Dr. David Bosshart, CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economics and Society and expert for interdisciplinary trend research, gave a lecture on the future of consumption, artificial and human intelligence, as well as social change. The event ended with a discussion between DEUTZ CEO Dr. Frank Hiller and presenter and actor Harald Schmidt, philosophizing in a relaxed atmosphere about issues relating to electromobility.