Achim Kampker knows what it feels like to fail with a life’s work. The mechanical engineering professor from Aachen developed shoes with his colleague Günther. Until then, electric trucks were considered difficult; no established manufacturer wanted to build them. Kampker did it – and then had to watch his baby first become the savior of the auto industry and then crushed by the buyer in the mills of a corporate bureaucracy before finally,,, successfully building electric trucks. He now wants to “rather talk about the future”, he announces through his FFP-2 mask, and holds the heavy glass door wide open to the new research factory at the. Here Kampker is tackling his next Herculean task of solving one of the “most stubborn problems on the way to climate-neutral mobility”, as Head of Technology Thomas Schmall put it in mid-March.