Germany aims to become a global leader in electric mobility
25/11/2015

Germany aims to become a global leader in electric mobility

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As outlined in the National Development Plan for Electric Mobility, the German government has devised ambitious plans for alternative transport in the country, setting itself the goal of becoming a lead market in the field of electric mobility.

As outlined in the National Development Plan for Electric Mobility, the German government has devised ambitious plans for alternative transport in the country, setting itself the goal of becoming a lead market in the field of electric mobility. The plan states that by 2020 at least 1 million electric cars should be on the roads, serviced by a robust network of electric charging units. To stimulate the electric vehicle market, the German government has provided around 500 million euro in funding for research and development activities. As well as economic concerns, Germany’s e-mobility strategy feeds into its energy and climate policies, providing an additional measure to reduce harmful emissions.

Since 2012, four regions in Germany have been acting as “showcase” regions for electric-mobility. Within the regions the deployment of electric mobility is approached in a holistic fashion, with industry, electricity-supply and transport systems considered. These regions allow for innovative ideas to be tested on a smaller scale, while providing organisers with useful data on elements such as user behaviour, infrastructure requirements, and energy and environmental impacts. The showcase regions programme will run until 2016.

To build on the country’s progress, three German cities - Eberswalde, Hohen Neuendorf, and Iserlohn, with the support of B.&S.U Beratungs- und Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt and the Berlin Agency for Electromobility - are taking part in the E-Mobility Works project. The EU-funded project brings together municipalities and the private sector to plot a path towards better electric mobility. The German cities have created local Action Plans that take into account the infrastructure necessary for e-mobility and ways in which renewable energy can be better used in the transport system. The plans also cover investment in new electric vehicles, campaigns that inform the public, and the legal framework surrounding electric mobility.

For more information, visit the E-Mobility Works website [in German].