When will we switch to electromobility?
In the first half of 2019, 48,000 electric cars were sold in Germany. This makes the country the leader within the EU and the world’s third largest market for these cars, after China and the USA. German manufacturers and suppliers are investing over 40 billion euros in alternative drives over the next three years. By 2023 German manufacturers will have increased the number of electric cars available fivefold, from 30 on sale today to over 150 models. On a global scale, one in three patents in the field of electromobility is from Germany.
These figures show that German industry is strongly promoting electromobility. The IAA will showcase what the industry has to offer in this field. Visitors will not only be able to view the latest e-models in Frankfurt this September, but also test them for themselves as part of the IAA Experience. The same applies to e-bikes and e-scooters and even to the autonomous shuttle chauffeuring visitors around the grounds. If these technologies are to succeed, there is a need now for the legal requirements and adequate investment in the charging infrastructure.
Electric cars will only really become environmentally friendly when the electricity that powers them comes from renewable energies. And we are a long way from reaching this goal at present. Similarly, until a renewable fuel is produced the fuel cell is also not climate neutral.
It is obvious that we have to do much more if we are to achieve the climate targets. But developing electric cars and the subsequent infrastructure is a complex task. And there has to be enough demand. To reach these environmental goals we need to enthuse people for new types of mobility. The limited range of batteries remains a hurdle for many people. And while the price of batteries will fall, at present they are still relatively expensive.