The eMobility Summit and the Future for Automobile
The last eMobility Summit in Berlin had great attendance with speakers from different professional backgrounds. These speakers included politicians, NGO’s representatives, scientists and individuals from the automotive industry. The summit focused on ideas on the way forward for the automotive industry.
That is, how to effectively advance the industry in an environmental-friendly way. This resulted in ideas such as using electric vehicles in the future though few of the participants were not convince these electric vehicles can create a significant impact on the future of the industry. Some participants also proposed parallel views on how to implement the infrastructure for electric vehicles.
China is gaining an edge
Most nations are taking measures to move towards e-mobility though some are moving at a slow pace while others are moving at a fast pace. Germany who was the host of this year’s summit is being recognised as one of the big nations with a slow pace towards e-mobility. It is known that Norway has almost twice the number of electric vehicles in Germany while France, a neighbour to Germany has 40% more electric cars than Germany. This has resulted to the German Federal Council (Bundesrat) revealing its intention of not issuing licenses to cars with combustion engines as of 2030.
The country recognised for taking giant steps towards e-mobility is China. The government of China has decided to control combustion engines in particular areas of the nation. This has resulted in the delay of issuing a license plate to prospective drivers of cars with a combustion engine. On the contrary, when their application is for an electric car, it can be granted just within one day. China’s efforts have been seen in some cities that have totally turned to e-buses.
What Future for Diesel Motors?
A well known German automotive expert and a professor, Ferdinand Dudenhöffer pointed out that German automotive industry is behind those of other nations. He stressed out that, it’s time for them to make innovations rather than complaining that regulations such as the one by Bundesrat to stop issuing license plates for combustion engines are harsh. According to this professor, diesel motor is supposed to be only seen in the museum by the next decade.
e-Mobility is expected to go green
An interesting question that was looked into was where the electricity would need to recharge the batteries of these electric vehicles be generated? According to the German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Society, Barbara Hendricks, mobility’s sustainable goal can only be achieved if it is done alongside promoting renewable energies. She emphasised the need for German regulatory bodies to implement strategies that will enable the nation to attain the goals agreed upon at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit.