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The future is electric

The future is electric

Jessica Lenz | 09/22/2021

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Why we can’t  dispense with electromobility

Currently, all over the world, we must deal with climate and environmental change that is due to by our own actions. From burning forests to massive rainfalls, hail and storms. Especially in the last decade, the effects of climate change are becoming more and more extreme in Germany as well.

To prevent or slow down further impacts, Germany would have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 45% by 2030 and be climate neutral by 2050.

An important step in CO2 reduction is the use of electric mobility: emissions are reduced, the air we breathe becomes cleaner and the quality-of-life increases. Germany wants to be one of the pioneers in the field of electric cars and is making effort in achieving this through supporting programs. If the use of e-mobility is to be sustainable, energy from renewable resources must be used for the electricity required.

According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority, three times as many electric cars were registered in 2020 as in the previous year. Just under half of the registrations are purely battery-powered vehicles, while the other half are plug-in hybrids, hydrogen or gas-powered cars. The upswing is due on the one hand to the slump in combustion cars due to the Corona pandemic, and on the other hand the German government is taking incentive through financial subsidies, the expansion of the charging infrastructure and tax benefits.

The original discussion regarding electric cars was primarily about the issue of battery life. The range of electric vehicles varies from 100 to 500km range. The latter indicates that the issue of range, depending on personal needs, may be over with the current development.

The second major point of discussion, and arguably much more important, is the issue of battery life cycle and sustainability. Both in manufacturing and disposal. There is now a lot of work being done on the sustainability of battery disposal and especially on a sustainable life cycle of batteries. Germany aims to be one of the pioneers in this area. In the production, mainly electricity from renewable energies should be used. Fair and sustainable raw materials should be used for production and also the intelligent after-use, a resource cycle through recycling, are part of the objective.

Not only the use of e-cars, but also the use of e-powered vans, buses, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers are part of the transport transformation. Electric mobility thus, unites the state, companies and private individuals alike.

However, this development also means a clear increase in electricity demand. Renewable energies are to be used for production, expansion of the charging infrastructure and the charging stations themselves, but also for intelligent after-use. Currently, the renewable energy capacity is not available for the foreseen planned increase in demand. This means that the electricity generated from renewable resources is not sufficient for the planned growth. Therefore, the rapid development of electromobility must also be accompanied by an enormous expansion of renewable energies.

 

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