Germany’s certainly trying to lead the world in terms of electromobility, and one way to do that is to have a clear vision of the technology and its applications in society. Reducing energy emissions is a good thing, and we need to look at any and all solutions that will allow us to get things done. Instead of pouring through all of the official documents yourself, we created a guide for you that breaks down exactly what Germany plans to have in place by 2020. Given how massive electromobility has become, it’s interesting that these goals are estimated to be completed in a little less than 5 years time. Amazing!
The first thing you should know is that this plan was not created in a vacuum. It is a partnership between the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Building and Urban Affairs, the Federal Ministry of Transport, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and the Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety group. The idea for this started back in 2007, to address the problem of energy emissions as well as more efficient vehicles.
The National Electromobility Development Plan covers nearly 500 million Euros worth of incentives to promote better vehicles, as well as the energy storage devices that these vehicles need. Given the scope of this project and the desire to have a million e-vehicles on the road by 2020, the plan has been expanded with an addition one billion Euros.
One of the main points of the plan is to support the batteries that will run these electric vehicles. The new generation of batteries will need to have a larger capacity, as most drivers go very long distances. Charging stations along the way are ideal, but it will take some time before the full infrastructure is in place. There’s no reason that we have to wait until every single charging station is in place, of course. With larger battery arrays, the vehicles can go longer on a single charge.
The plan calls for 500 million Euros of funding for a national innovation program just to account for this issue. Germany is set on reducing over 34 million tons of CO2 by 2020. Auto manufacturers have been following hits news carefully and responding to the challenge very well. The German Association of the Automotive Industry indicates that there are already over 250 cars in production that meet the CO2 target level. It is assumed that there are additional cars to follow.
The plan called for an “alternative drive vehicle” on the market by 2011, and a 100% electric car in 2013. So far, those targets have been met. It will be very interesting to see what else comes from this plan.
The German government has called for additional funding in order to meet the goal of having the million e-cars on the road by 2020. Is that political posturing, or truth? It isn’t clear what it really is, so it will have to play out in time.
It gets even more interesting than this. Did you know there are a set of eight pilot regions designed to make the roll out of electric vehicles easier? The Plan calls for EUR 130 million to make this happen.
Oversight is a very important piece of making this plan come to life. To do that, there is the Joint Agency for Electric Mobility (GGEMO) that will coordinate all of the electromobility activities.
For us, the showcase piece would have to be the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme, where further research into hydrogen is occurring. Let’s face it: petroleum sources aren’t going to be around forever. It’s better to make sure that there are plenty of other choices to fuel our transportation needs.
Overall, the Plan is a very exciting peek into the future of electric vehicles and alternative energy. We have to begin building solutions before we actually need them, which is why it’s good that these plans are taking off. We hope that other countries will come to formalize their plans for reducing energy emissions on this scale very soon.