The alternative drivetrains of the future
The German automotive industry is strongly committed to pressing ahead with the development of electric mobility because climate protection, a growing scarcity of fossil fuels and an increased need for mobility due to rising population figures require new solutions and alternative propulsion systems. Electric vehicles can make a significant contribution to protecting the environment and avoiding emissions. Therefore, electric vehicles are a crucial component of the multipronged strategy of the German manufacturers and suppliers.
Through the recent leap in battery technology electric mobility became an option for mobility in the future. The engineers have concentrated on using the existing advantages of electric engines over internal combustion engines. That is for example the high level of efficiency of electric engines. While internal combustion engines only use up to 50 percent of the fuels energy, an electric engine can harness between 80 to almost up to 100 percent of the available energy. Hence, the electric engine can cover longer distances with the same amount of energy and at the same time requiring low-maintenance. The Clutch and gearbox are obsolete plus the engine has fewer components, which is facilitating the maintenance substantially
The electrification of vehicles of the future is becoming more important and fosters the development of the total system of electric mobility. This system connects electric vehicles – ranging from plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and range-extender vehicles (REEV) to battery-electric vehicles (BEV) and fuel cell vehicles (FCEV) – with the power system and the traffic system, thus enhancing future mobility and additionally the power system.
VDA Initiative: Coordination centre of the industry for electric mobility
The Coordination Centre of the industry for electric mobility represents the interests of the automotive industry in various committees and political decision making processes. It is engaged in the National Platform of Electric Mobility to develop Germany into becoming the lead supplier and lead market for electric mobility by 2020 using a systematic and market-oriented approach.
In cooperation with the Federal Government, the Joint Agency for Electric Mobility (GGEMO) and various associations, the Platform organizes and coordinates national and international events and thus documents the work of the automotive industry and its partners in the electric mobility sector. Political and technical questions and issues are discussed by the Electric Mobility Working Group and the Energy Storage Working Group and collective approaches are developed.