National electric mobility plan launched in Germany


Bonn, Germany — (METERING.COM) — September 9, 2009 – Germany’s federal government has adopted a national development plan for electric mobility aimed at advancing research and development, market preparation for and introduction of battery powered vehicles on the country’s roads.

According to the plan, in order to stand its ground in international competition, Germany must become a lead market for electric mobility and maintain its cutting edge in science and in the automotive sector and related supplier industries.

The technological foundations of electric drives, energy storage systems and grid infrastructure have already been developed. However, there is still a need for further research, optimization and interlinking at many points in the value-added chain.

The plan states that electric mobility could be introduced in the short term through demonstration projects and field trials. Infrastructure for charging batteries must be established in a step-by-step process, focussing on the local and regional level first. Prior to general market introduction improvements must be made on cost structures and the suitability of vehicles for everyday use.

In view of current technological and economic challenges, it will probably take more than a decade for electric vehicles to reach a significant market share, comments the plan. With its policy Germany’s government aims at achieving a number of one million electric vehicles on German roads by 2020.

The plan states that as a prerequisite for the large scale introduction of electric vehicles in the years to come, appropriate political, regulatory, technical and infrastructural frameworks have to be created. For example, open European standards, which will also serve as ambitious global benchmarks, are necessary to ensure interoperability, safety and acceptance. In addition, the launch of a market incentive program and its form are currently being reviewed.

“Electric mobility constitutes a paradigm shift for the transport and energy sectors. It is up to us today to chart the right course for the mobility of the future and to address and solve open questions and challenges in a continuous development process.”