E-car boom with blemishes

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E-car boom with blemishes-blemishes

At the beginning of the new year, there are numerous political decisions that are of crucial importance for the continued success of alternative drive systems in Germany. Reinhard Zirpel, President of the Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (VDIK), explains: “After electric cars have made their market breakthrough, it is now important that they also become attractive to the majority of car buyers. To this end, the new traffic light government must make important decisions in the first half of the year. The promotion of purchasing electric power and the expansion of the charging infrastructure are the most important levers.”

After Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck extended the purchase bonus for electric cars until the end of 2022, the new regulation is due from 2023. According to the coalition agreement, the so-called environmental bonus is to be developed on a degressive basis. Zirpel expressly warns against the environmental bonus falling too far in the coming years: “The federal government should instead consider extending the environmental bonus beyond 2025. After all, the traffic light government has set itself a very ambitious goal of 15 million electric cars by 2030. In order to achieve it, the funding has to be right.”

Reducing bureaucracy should be the focus of the reform of the electric car purchase promotion. Depending on the purchase price, type of drive and leasing period, there are currently 16 different subsidy rates for the environmental bonus. For plug-in hybrids, the traffic light is planning further tightening, namely proof of the electric drive share. Currently further: “If the promotion becomes more and more complicated and many car buyers do not understand them anymore, then fewer electric cars come on the streets. That would be bad for the climate. Keep it simple, so the motto must be for the reform.”

The construction of the loading and tank infrastructure for vehicles with alternative drives is the next construction site for 2022. In Germany, much has been launched here. Also the coalition agreement of the traffic light points in the right direction. However, Zirpel stresses that Germany can no longer afford delays and friction losses in the construction of the charging infrastructure: “Over 90 percent of the charging infrastructure required by 2030 must only be built up. The challenge, however, is that charging columns often do not have to operate economically. We therefore see a funding requirement of several billion euros annually in the coming years.”

“The farewell to the climate-damaging combustion runs farly not fast enough”

For the automotive year 2022, the VDIK expects a new admiration volume of around 3 million cars. That would be a plus of 15 percent. In 2021, the car market was broken, only 2.6 million new cars, around one million less than in the pre-crisis year 2019. Of these were around 356.000 fully electric, an increase of 83 percent compared to the previous year. But environmentalists see little e-auto demand and the lower number of new cars hardly any good news for the climate: “Nobody may confuse the number of new registrations that have fallen through chip deficiency and economic uncertainties with a success of the mobility,” emphasizes Greenpeace Traffic expert Tobias Austrup. “Although the number of e-cars is increasing significantly, the farewell to the climate-damaging combustion engine is not happening fast enough.”

Also, the high growth in hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrids and SUV see environmentalists critical. Most plug-in hybrids “are barely driven electrically and encounter correspondingly much more air conditioning than the manufacturers want to make us know,” says Austrup. Even the trend to ever larger and heavier SUV is made of climate view with concern.

The Federal Environmental Agency (UBA), however, does not see pure electric cars as a panacea: “A sustainable road turning only succeeds in the event of avoidance and relocation,” says in an earlier investigation of UBA for environmentally friendliness of electric cars. In a liveable city, the car will be pushed back in favor of more attractive public transport and better cycling and footpaths.

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6 thoughts on “E-car boom with blemishes”

  1. What else should a Greenpeace expert say?? Because in itself the electro numbers are very remarkable, so remarkable that his skins are slowly swimming away.

  2. @David:
    »… the Greenpeace expert is slowly losing his skin.«?

    But then only if the advancing climate catastrophe leads to further melting of the polar ice caps!

  3. Charging architectures will probably be built primarily on sealed surfaces. So it would make sense to make the associated PV systems (along with storage) mandatory.

    In addition, I think it is increasingly necessary to agree on a standardized exchangeable battery system. At least part of the car battery capacity should be designed with a removable battery.

    In this way, PV systems could also be switched on in the absence of the vehicle (while you are driving it for driving used) charge the batteries. standing witnesses (with an empty battery on the side of the road) could be helped more easily. “Charge” would be not to thick lines bound. Every larger parking lot, every Aldi, Lidl, Netto, Norma, Rewe, … could operate such a lucrative PV charging/battery changing station: 20kWh for €5.99 😉

  4. Drive back car traffic in the conurbations

    Exactly, that’s what matters most.

    therefore reduce e-car subsidies, increase CO2 controls and invest the money in alternatives to the car, charging network and the expansion of renewable energy

  5. There can be no talk of a breakthrough in e-cars. Basically, the total number of cars has to go down. Talking about city cars is fundamentally wrong. Here the public ones must be free and financed by higher parking fees. PHEVs and SUVs out of the promotion and only BEVs under 40.000 euros gross in the subsidy. The charging stations generally with 1.Support 500 euros per charging connection. Limit charging prices to 39 ct/kWh and no flat-rate fees or. allow base fees. This is the only way we can achieve a breakthrough in e-mobility. hydrogen and syn. Fuels will only be ready in 5-10 years, then they should compete with e-cars.


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