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For now, there are many different designs for electric car components – charging plugs, for example – what advances have been made in standardizing electric mobility?

Standardizing electric mobility is being undertaken by several standardization organizations on the national, European and global level.

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What impact will propagation of electric vehicles have on the power grid?

There are supposed to be one million electric vehicles on Germany's roads by 2020.

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What materials will be used to build electric cars in the future?

Which materials and construction techniques will be used in electric mobility in the future will depend on vehicle specific requirements (vehicle size and design, motorization and configuration, price level) and the development potential of the materials.

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What opportunities for improvement are there in electric drive systems?

For electric mobility to become affordable for everyone, the cost of electric drive systems needs to be reduced significantly

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How can the high cost of the batteries be reduced?

High-performance batteries are the key component of both stationary as well as mobile electric applications.

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How safe are lithium-ion batteries?

Safety issues are key to a wider adoption of electric mobility.

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How can the range of electric vehicles be increased?

Electric vehicles still have room for improvement in two areas in particular: initial cost and range.

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Electric vehicles are largely silent when they drive. What potential dangers does that pose?

Especially when they drive slowly, electric vehicles are quieter than cars with combustion engines.

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What is the lifespan of batteries for electric vehicles?

Generally, the battery that is purchased along with an electric vehicle should last for the average lifespan of a car.

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Can electric vehicles charge even without a cable?

Electric vehicles can be charged wirelessly as well.

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Why are electric cars more expensive than conventional ones?

Purchasing an electric vehicle isn't cheap. The additional cost of buying an electric car instead of a conventional one primarily comes from the battery.

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When will the necessary infrastructure for charging electric vehicles be available?

Even today, there is a network of more than 5500 publicly accessible charging stations in Germany, which continues to expand.

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What range do electric cars have?

Depending on the model, purely electrically driven vehicles currently have a range of between 150 and 250 kilometers, some even more. The exact figure depends on the driving style of the user as well as the environmental conditions.

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Are electric vehicles suitable for everyday use?

80 percent of the people living in Germany travel no more than 39 kilometers per day by car.

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How will Germany assure that its skilled workers are prepared for the requirements of electric mobility?

The transition from combustion engines to electric mobility does not just require the development of a suitable infrastructure, high-performance battery systems or new vehicle concepts.

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Does the government's buying bonus for electric cars in Germany make sense?

In April 2016 the federal government and the automotive industry agreed to subsidize the sale of new electric cars with an environmental bonus.

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Is public research funding for electric mobility in Germany necessary?

The international competitive pressure is enormous – electric mobility is being subsidized in many markets throughout the world.

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Can electric mobility contribute to the expansion of renewable energy?

The future of electricity is renewable. More and more fluctuating sources like wind and solar energy are being fed into the power grid.

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Can the vehicles and their components be recycled in a satisfactory manner?

Specific investigations into the recyclability of e-vehicles are difficult in the current phase of market preparation.

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Are sufficient raw materials available to establish electric mobility in our automotive fleets for the long term?

Für elektrisch betriebene Fahrzeuge und deren Komponenten werden zu einem gewissen Teil Rohstoffe benötigt, die nur begrenzt verfügbar sind.

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What can realistically be said about electric mobility in terms of it being better for the climate? Do electric cars make sense even given today's energy mix?

Being locally emissions-free is a clear advantage of electric vehicles but the carbon footprint over the entire energy chain depends on the emissions related to generating the electricity – obviously that is also true of all other propulsion technologies and energy sources such as natural gas, diesel or gas /petrol.

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How energy efficient are e-vehicles?

The best way to assess the efficiency of propulsion systems is engine efficiency, which states how large a percentage of the primary energy is transformed into motion.

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What positive effects does electric mobility have on Germany as a location for industry?

As an economic factor and a driver of growth electric mobility is having an enduring impact on our industrialized society through innovative products and services, which are also in demand globally.

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How is the market potential for electric vehicles perceived, considering their comparatively limited range?

According to new research, 80% of all car trips do not exceed 20 km. Therefore, the range offered by purely electric vehicles available today – approximately 150 km – is sufficient for most trips.

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Is the German government sticking to its goal that there will be at least one million electric vehicles on Germany's roads by 2020?

One million vehicles by 2020 is an ambitious goal – one that the German government adheres to.

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What is the reason for the Electric Mobility Act (EmoG)?

The growing use of electric mobility reduces noise and pollution on the roads, supports climate protection and advances the German energy transition (Energiewende).

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Are the days of the combustion engine numbered?

Does electric mobility mean the end of the combustion engine is near?

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Why do we need electric mobility?

Today, there are almost 1 billion motor vehicles worldwide, 700 million of them cars. According to current projections, this number is expected to double no later than 2030.

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What is electric mobility? What types of vehicles does it include?

Electric mobility, according to the definition of the German government and the National Development Plan for Electric Mobility (NEP) comprises all street vehicles that are powered by an electric motor and primarily get their energy from the power grid – in other words: can be recharged externally.

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