“Electricity is cheaper for a longer point of view”: VW Boss This shows optimistic

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Driving an electric car is better for the environment and also more cost-effective! or? Well: especially the power mix decides whether an electric vehicle in the climate balance is better cutting out than a burner. Because while it drives exhaust gas-free, power plants emerge in providing the charging current to ensure greenhouse gases, at least if fossil energy sources are used. The operation of electric vehicles without renewable electricity would therefore significantly deteriorate the climate balance. Fortunately, according to the Federal Ministry of Environment (BMU) in Germany, more and more renewable energies are used for power generation. In 2019, their share was already around 42 percent and soon more than half of the electricity in Germany should come from renewable sources for the first time. On the website of the BMU it is said: “(…) Therefore, electric cars already drive with the current German power mix significantly climate-friendly than combustion vehicles” – even considering the energy-consuming battery production. So far so good. But electric cars are also advertised as a more cost-effective alternative compared to conventional burners.

A survey of the Internet Comparative Portal Check24 in cooperation with Veriberox have shown in August that loading a streamer is more than 90 percent cheaper than refueling a gasoline. This is of course a value dependent on many different factors (such as vehicle model, performance, driving style). Therefore, we interpret this information rather than guideline. And that, although the electricity price with CA. 31 cents per kWh has never been higher. A pattern household with four people and a year’s electricity consumption of 4.250 kWh pay in Germany according to electricity price index accordingly on average 1.315 euros. E-cars consume on average 20.7 kWh per 100 kilometers (according to ADAC). At an average annual driving performance of about 11.000 kilometers thus arise additional electricity costs for autostrom in the amount of around 730 euros. Compared to conventional gasolines, which consume average 7.8 liters of gas to 100 kilometers (at the current gasoline price and the same annual driving performance) cost in the amount of around 1.385 euros a year. And although a statistic, also published by Verivox, shows a significantly increasing electricity price development in Germany in the years 2004 to 2020 – an increase of 69 percent.

Volkswagen boss Herbert this sees the development. In conversation with the magazine Wirtschaftswoche, the e-car advocate says that in the future decreasing electricity prices should make electric driving much cheaper. Rising electricity prices keeps the top manager only for a temporary development: “Electricity is not becoming more expensive, but in the longer term,” says this. Even today, ecostrom costs only about five cents per kilowatt hour. “Thus I would drive in the electric car hundred kilometers for about one euro if I consider only the production and clip the EEG surcharge and distribution costs,” this continued. In addition, electric cars could stabilize the power grid.

The eco-electricity share must be significantly increased

But this bill does not seem so easy. There are various messages of ecostromic scarcity, but it is inticted mainly due to the exit from the atomic and coal power. For example, ZDF reported in June from a sinking power supply from wind, sun and other renewable energy sources. In the first half of the year, ecostrom has covered 43 percent of gross electricity consumption in Germany in the first half of the year – that was less than in the same period of the previous year. In particular, the first quarter was unusually windless and arm on sunshine, it continues to say. Producing from wind energy to land and at sea declined by around 20 percent, as according to the news agency DPA from preliminary calculations of the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemberg (ZSW) and the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW) emerges.

“In the same period of the previous year, the proportion of renewable energies was the gross power consumption at around 50 percent. In the first half of 2020, recorded records in power generation from solar energy and wind energy to land, “says ZDF. The expansion of renewable energies is considered crucial to achieve the higher climate targets adopted by policy. Further is written: “For the higher CO2 savings target, a share of at least 70 percent of renewable energies is required on power generation by 2030”. The boss of the energy supplier RWE, Markus Krebber, also demanded a faster transition to renewable energies. “The expansion speed in Germany has to be significantly more than doubled when the country should reach its climate protection goals,” he said the Frankfurt general Sunday newspaper. The problem could increase even if the proportion of approved electric cars rises even further. Especially when expanding wind power is currently a lot of scope: Dimensional obligations, lengthy area statements and tough approval procedures brakes. Experts bricken for some time that the current expansion pace is not enough to master the climate change and keep the electricity prices stable.

However, VW boss Herbert this could still be kept right if the expansion of solar and wind turbines is continued. Ultimately, it was also only the state, which artificially more expensive the prices: “(…) with charges such as the EEG surcharge, network charges and taxes”. Here, above all, politics is in demand. Nonetheless, electric cars are also cheaper than burner cars because they collect pluses at the lower maintenance and repair costs, the ADAC. Car driving could actually be cheaper in the future. And another thesis throws this into the scales: “Electric cars are perfect power storage. You could be charged at night when power is cheapest. And then leave electricity when it is expensive.” This future-proof scenario could improve the balance sheet and reduce costs for E motorists.

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2 thoughts on ““Electricity is cheaper for a longer point of view”: VW Boss This shows optimistic”

  1. What we need is above all more or even sectors coupling, more CHP and district heating and more (forced) connection of buildings.
    The very lossy combustion of fossil fuels in cars and buildings must also be stopped as the increasing use of renewable energies is set up simultaneously.
    By kWK, the deficits can be balanced with green electricity very well, and alternatively also works with biomass.

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  2. The climate balance is and simply does IT for the will of politics promote the expansion of wind power and PV and massively. Altmeier & Co have done nothing unless blocking. We could have been further. I hope that we will go on our current economic minister zero soon and the successor gets more on the chain. You can only hope and pray.

    It just has to be informed about PV systems. In the end, every roof must do something on it and then Germany is probably self-sufficient in summer. Especially with companies I do not get, why the roofs are not plastered with modules.
    Homeowners have already been in their own hands today. I can produce my own electricity for 10-12ct / kWh and the festival on the next 25-30 years and show the energy supplier the long nose when he increases the prices.

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