Electric mobility in Germany

I spent the last two days in Berlin at a seminar series on electrical mobility.As most countries today Germany is planning for a future with less oil dependence. The challenge is to:
 
-Decrease the energy use
-Decrease the impact on global warming
-Decrease the health impact
-Increase the availability of transports
-Increase the personal freedom of choice
 
 
It is clear that public transports will be challenged by future fully electrical cars, when it comes to environmental impact. The public transports can however compete in big cities by using less street space and the environmental load for the manufacturing of the bus is much less than for the electric cars when the real number of person kilometres are accounted for. The expected development of future light weight design and electrification is an equal challenge for both cars and buses. It is likely that the person transport arena will change a lot to the benefit of the travellers. Some already speculate in that the future cars and buses will make the rail bound person transports redundant, except for high speed intercity trains that may compete with aeroplanes for distances between 400 and 1500 km.
 
 
In the process of change the Volvo 7700 Hybrid offers a natural and sustainable step and most important it offers competitive vehicle life cycle productivity not only when compared to other sustainable alternatives also when compared to stand. The comparison of technologies were presented by Dr. Ralph Pütz, at VDV. And, I would say that Volvo 7700 Hybrid is spot-on what is required to meet the demand for competitive future public transports.

The first Volvo 7700 Hybrid for commercial traffic was delivered to Sales-Lentz in Luxemburg in November.

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Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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