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. Until now, car mobility has been almost entirely dependent on imported, rare and increasingly more expensive (at least in the long-term) oil. That means that not only Germany but nearly all industrialized and newly-industrialized countries are faced with the challenge of reducing traffic-related CO2-emissions and pollution and the dependence on oil imports.
That is why advancing electric mobility is a focus of the German government's policies. Supporting the increasing use of electric vehicles not only improves the quality of life in our cities but also the competitiveness of the automotive industry, one of the pillars of our economy. Up to one million jobs will be protected if specific industry sectors, which are particularly important for medium-sized enterprises, focus on electric mobility .
But to really exploit the huge potential of electric propulsion to actually reduce CO2-emissions, the electricity for it needs to come from renewable sources. Otherwise, we simply move the emissions from the car to the power plants. By linking these two industries, we are also linking two industries where Germany is a global leader: automotive and energy. Systematically linking electric vehicles and intelligent charging technologies to feeding electricity from wind and solar into the grid gives the German economy a significant competitive advantage. With the help of electric cars that charge at flexible times, it becomes easier to integrate the increasing share of fluctuating power generation into the power grid more easily.