Experts from the world of politics and industry will appraise opportunities for action in electromobility implementation in a parallel forum at the 15th International Conference on Renewable Mobility. The forum will address various aspects of alternative power train technology. The German government’s initial plans envisaged a million electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020. Spring 2017 saw the realisation that this was unrealistic.
Action is urgently needed to achieve an energy turnaround in the transport sector, and electromobility has moved up the political agenda. Along with biofuels from cultivated biomass, electromobility now forms an important pillar of a technology-neutral energy turnaround in the transport sector, which, with appropriate funding policy, can be implemented in the medium term. Deploying electricity from renewable sources is the key precondition for this strategy.
Since July 2016, anyone who buys an electric car in Germany receives a 4,000 Euro premium, while plug-in hybrids qualify for a 3,000 Euro bonus. The German government also provides funding for charging infrastructure. Around 15,000 new charging stations are to be rolled out across the country. Yet despite these premiums and funding, sales remain sluggish. Germany has scope to develop into a leading electromobility supplier by fostering innovation in vehicle design, power trains and components, and by integrating vehicles into the electricity grid and transportation networks.
Alongside the conference’s many other thematic focuses, experts in the “Electromobility” parallel forum will consider appropriate measures for transport sector decarbonisation in the spirit of technology-neutral competition.
Birgit Hofmann (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) addresses electromobility from the perspective of industrial and economic policy, and presents funding options to foster development in this field.
Marie-Luise Martin (Digital Energy Solutions GmbH) calls for cross-sectoral integration of electromobility. The central focus here is on end-to-end solutions integrating modern information technologies.
Johannes Pallasch (National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology) looks at charging infrastructure and presents experiences from the first year of the “Charging Structure Funding Guideline”.
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