Electric vehicles offered by German manufacturers and outlook National Platform Electric Mobility
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 fixed component of the diversification strategy of the German manufacturers and suppliers.
In May 2010, the German Federal Government created the National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE). Representatives and experts from industry, science and society observe and analyze the development of electric mobility and of electric vehicles within the context of the Platform. The common goal is to develop and establish Germany as the lead market and the lead supplier for electric mobility by 2020. In this regard the NPE acts as an advisory body to the German government and reports extensively at regular intervals on the assumptions, recommendations and goals.
The roadmap for electric mobility (in German – “Wegweiser Elektromobilität”) was published with the recommendations of the German National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE) in 2016. The booklet summarizes the progress achieved by the electric mobility industry in Germany up to June 2016, visualized in easy-to-follow/comprehansible charts, and provides policy recommendations for the decision-makers on how to achievethe the defined goals. You can find more information about the Wegweiser Elektromobilität here.
In the beginning of 2015, Germany has reached a new milestone: Electric vehicles fill a gap in the market. Step by step, a younger as yet small but dynamically growing market is beginning to form. In no other country does the customer have such a large selection of different types of electric vehicles across the board.
More than 30 models of German electric vehicles are currently on the market.
New registrations of electric vehicles in Germany
The graph shows the cumulative new registrations of electric vehicles in Germany. It is color coded according to the type of electrification of the power transmission. The blue section shows the share of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), the green section represents battery electric vehicles (BEV). The cumulative new registrations reached on 31 Dezember 2017 131.770 electric vehicles. The low growth rates are explained by customers’ anticipation of the environmental subsidy approved in the spring, which has now come into force with retroactive effect from May 18, 2016. The environmental subsidy was launched at the beginning of July and is expected to have a positive effect on the market.
But despite this, there is still a long way to go to large-scale market penetration by electric vehicles. Today we are preparing the path for market ramp-up of electric mobility and electric vehicles in Germany.
VDA Initiative: Coordination center of the electric mobility industry
Electrifying the vehicles of the future is gaining increased significance and supports the development of the overall system of electric mobility. This overall system links electric vehicles from plug-in hybrids and range extender vehicles to battery powered vehicles and fuel-cell vehicles with the power supply network and the traffic system. Thus, they supplement the mobility of the future.
The Electric Mobility Department is part of the coordination center of the electric mobility industry and in it represents the interests of the automotive industry. It supports the joint efforts of members of the National Platform of Electric Mobility to develop Germany into becoming the lead supplier and lead market for electric mobility by 2020 using an approach that is systematic, market-orientated and open to new technologies.
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.