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Wissmann: Right overall conditions required for electric mobility

Berlin, 22 May 2014

eMobility summit in Berlin: German manufacturers drive forward electric mobility and connectivity

“The market for electric vehicles is gathering speed. Since 2007 registrations of electric vehicles have doubled every year,”said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). He was speaking as the eMobility summit in Berlin got underway, which is being organised by the German newspaper “Tagesspiegel”. “Our automotive manufacturers are expanding their product ranges all the time by adding new electric models. By the end of this year they will have a total of 16 series models with electric propulsion on the market. And many more will follow in the coming year,” Wissmann stressed. However, he also pointed out that the basic requirements had to be in place for a successful market launch. And they included such things as a powerful charging infrastructure.

The VDA president welcomed the intention of the German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt, to introduce a bill on electric mobility by the end of this year, but also warned against losing sight of the corresponding overall conditions. “Smart measures” could make electric mobility visible in towns and cities. Special parking rights or the use of bus lanes could make electric mobility more appealing to customers, Wissmann said. “One effective means of making electric cars more economical for companies is a special form of depreciation. However, it would have to be clear which vehicles these privileges would apply to. Plug-in hybrids and range extenders, pure battery-electric vehicles and fuel-cell vehicles contribute greatly to making mobility more sustainable,” he explained.

In addition, the German Government, states and municipalities could send out an important signal by procuring e-cars. “We are convinced that having these vehicles on the roads will further stimulate private demand,” Wissmann stated.

“We see another factor driving innovation for the mobility of today in connectivity,” Wissmann added. He explained what was needed was to develop a promising mobility model that linked the available modes of transport seamlessly. “At the International Motor Show (IAA) Cars in Frankfurt in 2015, we will therefore be creating a new section entitled ‘New Mobility World’. It will focus on modern people with their desires and needs for mobility. Automated driving, connectivity and intermodality are the pillars on which the mobility of the future will be based. Intelligent, co-operative driver assistance systems for tomorrow’s traffic will in future enable drivers to enjoy safe, stress-free and swift travel in complex urban settings. The general public has to learn how simple and varied mobility is already, and what new services will enable us to make everyday driving as safe and convenient as possible,” Wissmann said.

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