Vocational school receives e-car from Friedrich Kriwan foundation

2021-08-17 Kriwan Foundation

Vocational school receives e-car from Friedrich Kriwan foundation.

As of now, the vocational school in Öhringen is a pioneer for innovative education.
As a sponsor, the Friedrich Kriwan foundation and the Hohenlohe Innovation Region have handed over a fully electric vehicle to the District Administrator of the Hohenlohe district and the principal of the vocational schools in Öhringen. This gives trainees in the field of automotive mechatronics the opportunity to learn about emobility at an early stage.

Kriwan is very proud to be part of the sponsoring and to support the apprentices at HOK.


Thomas Matscheko has double reason to celebrate. Firstly, it's the teacher's birthday. Secondly, a dream is coming true for him. And this dream involves an electrically powered minivan for his school. Two years ago, the senior teacher of environmental technology was the brain behind a new learning concept at the Öhringen Vocational School, which included the realization of a school-owned electric vehicle. On his 41st birthday, Matscheko finds himself among the invited guests eagerly awaiting the ceremonial handover of the environmentally friendly school vehicle outside the headquarters of the Forchtenberg-based electrical engineering company KRIWAN.

"Now we are opening the door to a new, innovative topic," summed up Thomas Philippiak, the first chairman of the Innovation Region Hohenlohe, in his welcome speech. "Having been friends with Friedrich Kriwan for many years, I know that he had a heart for the youth," said the board member, whose association, together with the Friedrich Kriwan Foundation, sponsored the electric car for the Öhringen school.

"The project is the result of our still relatively young but already quite effective collaboration with the Innovation Region Hohenlohe," concluded Ludwig Brem, board member of the Friedrich Kriwan Foundation, outlining the three pillars of the foundation in his address. These include promoting business and technology through research projects, measures to address students' learning deficits, and sponsoring cultural life in the region.

Sponsors: County commissioner Matthias Neth is particularly pleased with the commitment of the two sponsors, as he expresses afterward. "As a public entity, we cannot do everything. That's why encounters and partnerships are so important," he emphasizes. "If we lose those who are tech-savvy, soon we won't find any engineers among us!"

Equally delighted is the school principal. The electric car will be used at his school both as a training tool for his mechatronics students and for various student excursions or teacher service trips. "It won't just be sitting around, but used sustainably. That's for sure," says Wolfgang Roll, before the official handover of the electric car, whose exterior design is credited to a student of the Öhringen institution. The internal competition for the design was won by Samuel Eberhardt, who is also present on this day. It features the stylized logo of the school, a steam engine combined with the school name in binary code font: unmistakably adorning the Citroen car.

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