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The Great E-llusion: Germany to Electric Cars with State Aid

The Great E-llusion: to Promote Electric Cars Massive State Aid


By Dietmar and Alexander Neubacher

When BMW CEO Reithofer travels to meet German Chancellor Angela next week, he won’t be in his usual spot, on the back of a chauffeured car. This Reithofer will be driving an Mini Cooper, in which a weighing up to 300 kilograms (660 will occupy the entire seat area. Nevertheless, ride will still be comfortable than that of CEO Dieter Zetsche.

He’ll be at the wheel of a tiny Smart has been converted into an vehicle.

But the two CEOs are only too pleased to put up such inconveniences, as they their companies’ latest products: cars with sockets instead of gasoline

The chancellor has summoned more two dozen senior executives, the managers of energy utilities and companies, to a meeting in Berlin Monday, where they present the latest advances in the of the automobile. The event is titled: needs to be done to finally a breakthrough for the electric car?

is great concern that most important industrial could be falling behind when it comes to this Economics Minister Rainer calls the electric car a key technology for as an industrial location, while Minister Peter Ramsauer has defined the subject as the most project of this legislative Chancellor Merkel, too, is it a national task.

Lagging Behind

German Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen have tinkering with battery-driven for years, but others have taken the lead worldwide. The powerful batteries are not made in but in China and Japan, and Asian have already begun production of electric cars.

German competitors, on the other do not expect to be ready for another two And while the federal government approved billions for its so-called premium, a cash-for-clunkers program to spur sales of new cars, and Beijing have launched worth billions to promote vehicles.

But now, at least to Merkel’s plan, Germany is to catch up with a vengeance. And the company CEOs Norbert (BMW), Dieter Zetsche and Martin Winterkorn (VW) know how. They the government to help them out by uniform standards for battery stations, as well as by providing in subsidies, first for research and and later for the buyers of electric

But by making these demands, the bosses are raising two important Have they missed the on an important development yet again, as did once before with engines? And why should the state pay for their race to catch up their foreign competitors?

Too to Be True

Brilliance Electric Cars

The development would be if the electric car were in fact of doing what politicians of it. The government’s documents for the auto mention the many potential of electric cars: how they put an end to the sales crisis in the auto in one fell swoop, rid the environment of emissions, guarantee mobility in and, last but not least, the storage problems associated the production of alternative energy.

The seemingly wondrous properties of the car are being touted in Germany and In the United States, it is officially as a zero emission vehicle words that reflect a too good to be true. Although the car has no emissions, the electricity to charge the has to be generated somehow: through wind or hydroelectric power, nuclear power or in coal plants.

An electric car can be more or environmentally friendly, depending on makes up a country’s energy

We have a perception problem, Bosch CEO Franz Fehrenbach. to Fehrenbach, if the industry says a mid-range car will consume 3 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (77 in a few years’ time, this little enthusiasm. For an electric however, you get a massive round of even though the carbon of the 77-mpg car with an internal engine is smaller than of an electric car.

The German Club (ADAC) has calculated a Smart with a diesel emits 86 grams of carbon per kilometer driven. An electric with its battery charged electricity from coal plants is responsible for 107 grams of CO2 In other words, its carbon would be bigger, at least in where more than 80 of electricity is generated in coal plants.

But if the batteries were charged electricity from sources on the current German energy the emissions would drop to 71 grams.

Part 1: Germany to Electric Cars with State Aid

Part 2: No Other for Carmakers

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