German automakers, along with Tesla, chip producers and battery maker Northvolt met the country's chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and cabinet ministers on Tuesday to discuss topics from European law on vehicle emissions to energy prices, according to two participants.
The annual summit was formerly only for automakers but was this time called a mobility summit, with the broader focus signaled by Northvolt's presence on the guest list for the first time.
While the agenda items ranged widely from car connectivity to supply chain resilience, the topics discussed in most depth were Euro 7 legislation on car emissions standards, which automakers criticize as diverting their focus from electrification, and lower energy prices for industry, according to one of the participants.
Scholz, Economy Minister Robert Habeck, Transport Minister Volker Wissing and Labor Minister Hubertus Heil were among those present from the government, the other participant said.
The car sector clashed late last year with the coalition government over how Germany should relate to China as car business leaders are concerned the coalition would put its ties with the country at risk.
In a statement following the meeting, the chancellery said "one-sided dependencies on individual suppliers or sales markets can become a risk to economic performance and growth."
Participants said the meeting should take place more frequently, the statement said, and "will continue to work closely together on topics such as raw material supply, battery cell production and semiconductor production to make Germany and Europe even more resilient."
Associations, including cyclist club ADFC and rail association "Allianz pro Schiene," criticized the summit as still too car-focused. "It's a new label with the same content," Dirk Flege of Allianz pro Schiene said in a statement.