News Digest Item
21 Aug 2017

“The electric illusion”

Der Spiegel

The diesel emissions fraud scandal has given impetus to calls for a swift transition to electric cars in Germany, but despite great technological progress, the technology continues to be too expensive and impractical to replace conventional cars, Christian Wüst writes in Der Spiegel. Driving at the recommended maximum speed of 130 kilometres per hour on German highways greatly reduces the range even of advanced e-car models, such as those made by US manufacturer Tesla, and increasing the capacity of charging stations to significantly reduce the time needed for refilling a battery would put immense strain on the grid and Germany’s power production, Wüst says. “Germans would consume a great part of their fruits harvested with the Energiewende with e-cars alone,” Wüst argues, adding that this would not even include the massive energy needs of battery cell production. However, Jochen Hermann, engineer at carmaker Daimler, says no German company would turn away from e-cars anymore. “For a lack of a better idea”, Wüst adds.

Find background in the CLEW dossiers The Energiewende and German carmakers and The energy transition and Germany’s power grid.

All texts created by the Clean Energy Wire are available under a “Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0)” . They can be copied, shared and made publicly accessible by users so long as they give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.

Journalism for the energy transition

Get our Newsletter
Join our Network
Find an interviewee