Innovations, labor, climate protection

    The VDA’s 10 points on the federal election

    The automotive industry is a global motor for innovation, employs over 800,000 people, and will be investing 150 billion euros in digitalization, e-mobility, and new powertrains over the next few years. Our companies need transparent perspectives now. Their goals and needs in ten points.

    The automotive industry is a global motor for innovation, employs over 800,000 people, and will be investing 150 billion euros in digitalization, e-mobility, and new powertrains over the next few years. Our companies need transparent perspectives now. Their goals and needs in ten points.

    1. Climate-neutral mobility: Use and promote all technologies for CO2 reduction.

    Every car, every bus, and every truck should be climate-neutral. Depending on requirements and conditions, a battery-electric drive, hydrogen, a fuel cell, or synthetic fuels are the most sustainable solutions. All technologies are needed. To achieve the fleet limits, a rapid ramp-up of electromobility is a priority.
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    2. Charging and refueling: The key to CO₂-neutral transportation is an overall infrastructure.

    The basic prerequisites for climate-neutral traffic are sufficient amounts of climate-neutral electricity as well as comprehensive charging and refueling infrastructures. In addition, 100% “green” electricity must be the goal. This will require a joint effort by policymakers, the energy sector, and industry.
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    3. More climate protection, more safety, more efficiency: Leveraging the potential of digital technologies

    Digital technologies in vehicles offer great opportunities – to exploit them we need powerful and secure digital infrastructures for data transmission and traffic control.
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    4. Mobility without borders: Digitally connecting people, vehicles, and infrastructures

    Borderless mobility of people and goods requires fair and secure rules for handling data throughout Europe.
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    5. Automotive industry as a creator of jobs: Securing employment, growth, and prosperity.

    To withstand global competition, we need optimum location conditions. These include reasonable energy prices and a competitive tax system. Climate protection and digitalization must be drivers of prosperity, growth, and employment. Climate protection requires record investments that must first be earned. Because investments in climate protection need a strong industry.
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    6. Software, artificial intelligence, new powertrains: Building up key technologies in Germany.

    With targeted support for the development and production of software, artificial intelligence, semiconductors, hydrogen, and synthetic fuels, Germany can become a leader in these key technologies.
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    7. Focus on people: Sustainable, individual mobility for urban and rural areas.

    Needs-based, affordable, and environmentally friendly mobility for all requires coordinated transport concepts and end-to-end networking of all public and private mobility services and modes of transportation.
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    8. Innovative mobility offerings: Unleashing potential with intelligence and investments

    Only opportunity-oriented regulation will enable the introduction, testing, and rapid launch of innovative mobility offerings. We need conditions that foster the growth of innovative business models.
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    9. Global markets, global production: Our prosperity is based on trade

    To ensure that German vehicles can continue to be manufactured and sold around the globe in the future, we need strong trade and investment agreements with partners worldwide. Our globally oriented economy contributes to international prosperity.
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    10. Energy for tomorrow: Forging partnerships for the mobility of the future

    Germany will continue to rely on energy imports in the future. For tomorrow's climate-neutral energy supply, we need new, resilient, and stable partnerships with countries that can supply us with hydrogen, synthetic fuels, and electricity.
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    Inge Niebergall
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    Inge Niebergall

    Head of the Industrial and Digital Strategy & Political Coordination Department