The great majority of private participants in the pilot trial show the typical attributes of pioneering users: they are predominantly men of an »active« age with above average formal education and above average income. They are generally interested in technology, have a pragmatic affinity with cars and are moderately environmentally aware.

In the case of the car users, their positive expectations were sometimes even exceeded by their experiences with the electric vehicles. Their willingness to use an electric car or scooter in their everyday lives in future is high, despite the attendant restricted flexibility. However, for the period through to 2015, the respondents could more likely imagine using a plug-in hybrid or a vehicle with a range extender and then for the period thereafter probably use a battery-powered electric vehicle.

In the case of business uses of electric cars and light commercial vehicles, differing fields of use and areas of potential substitution are emerging that are of significant scale and if fully exploited allow us to expect corresponding ecological effects. In the pilot calculations, the levels of potential in the fleets examined as examples run at between 15 and 40 % of the current conventional vehicle fleet, depending on assumptions. Lufthansa Technik (Lufthansa Engineering) represents an exception, where due to very special and uniform requirements applicable to the vehicle fleet, the potential for substitution is almost 100 %.

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