Electro mobility in Germany

A couple of weeks ago I visited the VDV (Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen) seminar on electro mobility in Berlin. German authorities are promoting many different alternatives to increase the sustainability of the transports. The ministry of enterprise concludes that Germany is in a unique position with its strong automotive industry and tradition in technology and research.
The National Platform for electro mobility will have the following focus areas
-Drivetrain technologies
-Battery technology
-Charging infrastructure
-Materials and recycling
-Boundary conditions
Read more here
The national development plan for electro mobility aims at having one million electric cars in the streets of Germany by 2020. Already by 2018 selected cities are expected to be prohibited for conventional cars, to the benefit of electric cars.
I presented the Volvo strategy towards electro mobility. And, as you can guess, our hybrid technology is the back bone. We see a bright future for our unique versatile hybrid technology also in the long time perspective. For many applications with long daily travel hours in combination with variable driving conditions ranging from dense city to regional traffic the Volvo bus hybrid are superior to all alternatives in environmental performance.
Last year our competitors said: “the hybrid technology is not mature yet, wait a year or two and you will find reliable high performing buses in our offer”.
This year they say: “the hybrid technology is still not mature but if you wait a couple of more years there will be fuel cell buses or fully electrical buses”

About volvobuses

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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