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20 Feb 2017

“Electric Mobility – Missing the market?"

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

The simple reason why e-car sales languish in Germany, while e-bicycle sales “go through the roof” is that e-cars do not offer users any advantages over conventional cars, writes researcher Tobias Männel in a blog post for the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. But congested and polluted cities offer the chance to give innovative e-mobility approaches a headstart, Männel argues. He says Germans need to abandon the outdated idea that mobility is equivalent to having a big car. “The real challenge for the transformation of our mobility systems is not the lack of a charging station, but our historic and outdated conception of mobility’s essence.”

Read the blog post in German here.  

For background, read the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector.

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