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Germany's path to becoming the leading provider of e-mobility

Yoshi Kimura
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W he German Academy of Engineering Sciences (acatech) further informs that state Less money goes into incentives to buy electric cars. Instead, research and development, particularly in battery technology, must be promoted by state funds.

Goal: Germany as a leading provider of electromobility

With around 40 Percent, lithium-ion batteries currently account for the largest part of the production costs of an electric car. In the opinion of acatech, increased investment in research is required in order to drastically reduce production costs and at the same time increase the range of the vehicles. This is the only way to achieve the goals that the federal government announced in its 'National Electromobility Development Plan' last year.

On a European average, the purchase of every electric vehicle is to be funded with around 7,000 euros. In order to be able to achieve the goal of one million electric cars by 2020, announced by the federal government, around seven billion euros are needed. According to the academy, however, this money should not flow to consumers in the form of buying incentives, but rather directly into the development of new technologies. The aim must be to make Germany not just a lead market, but a lead provider for electromobility. The reorientation of higher education also plays an important role here. In addition, a 'National Electromobility Platform' must be set up under the leadership of one or two ministries.

'The Electromobile City' in Stuttgart

In addition, the German Academy of Science and Engineering points out that the focus must also be placed on the expansion of regenerative power generation. This is the only way to actually reduce CO2 emissions through the spread of electric vehicles.

As part of the 'Die Elektromobile Stadt' event hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Work Management and Organization, experts from research, politics and business will be discussing at Thursday (January 21st) in Stuttgart the future of electromobility.


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