Who’s next? Selling off German technologies in the electromobility sector

By Dr. Kai Kerger

05-2019

What do we want the car of the future to look like? This represents a definitive issue where the mobility of our generation is concerned. The potential buyer might well respond: “it should be sustainable, comfortable, automated and innovative, with sophisticated on-board entertainment systems”. “Cost-effective and competitive,” the manufacturer would be sure to add.

There is now a steadily increasing awareness in society of the need to develop alternative models to the conventional combustion engine. This “re-think” is being spurred on by government requirements in the context of the German transport transition (Verkehrswende), some of which are mandatory. At the beginning of 2018, for the first time, more than roughly 3 million electric vehicles were registered for use worldwide; a healthy increase of 55 % over the previous year. In Germany however, as of the 1st of January 2018, a mere 53,861 electric vehicles were recorded as being in use on the roads.

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