The electric car really is a wonder: it accelerates fast, purrs its whispering way through the streets and is completely emission-free – it doesn’t even have an exhaust pipe. In the longer term the electric car has the best prospects of becoming our number one transport mode, for example, in city transport.
As a hybrid vehicle, it today already contributes to making our mobility more diverse, climate-friendly and less dependent on oil. Therefore the Federal Government has included the topic of electromobility in the Integrated Energy and Climate Programme.
Around 90 per cent of our transport is still oil-based. This doesn’t have to be the case – and was not always so: the early years of automobile development were characterised by totally different drive concepts. The first models drove with gas, with steam and there were far more electric cars on the streets than those with a petrol drive system. The combustion engine car has established itself over the past one hundred years until today because it has two decisive advantages: it is easy to refuel and with a full tank, can drive several hundred kilometres. And it is precisely in this regard that the development of the modern electric car is also proving itself. Unlike a century ago, modern battery and charging technology facilitates at least an approximation of both the range and refuelling convenience of combustion engines. Nevertheless much research and development still remains necessary in this area.
Apart from vehicle technology, integration into new mobility concepts and provision of complete geographical coverage in terms of infrastructure is at the core of the development. The Federal Government has created the foundation for this with the National Electromobility Development Plan. This forms the framework for future technological development and a gradual market introduction of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in Germany.
With the “Electromobility Model Regions” programme, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) supports the cross-sectoral cooperation of industry, science and the public sector in order to advance the development of infrastructure and the integration of electromobility into everyday life.