Interim Report National Electromobility Initiative

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWI), the Minstry for the Environment, the Ministry of Transport (BMVBS) and the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) have received an interim report from the National Electromobility Initiative (Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität – NPE).

The National Electromobility Initiative was launched in May by Chancellor Angela Merkel with the aim to develop ideas for an electromobility strategy for Germany. Seven working groups with representatives from the automobile industry, trade associations and politics have since been working on strategies to achieve the government’s goal of having one million electric cars on German roads by 2020.

The report presents the interim results of the working groups concerning engine and battery technology, charging infrastructure and grid integration, standardization and certification, materials and recycling, education and further training of staff. The report contains initial recommendation which will be reviewed by the government.

“The interim report ends the analysis process”, Henning Kagermann, chairman of the steering committee of the National Electromobility Initiative commented. “It already provides specific results, which can be implemented. Besides, we have defined work projects for the future”, he said. In spring 2011 the government will receive a second report by NPE containing inter alia recommendations for the implementation of a charging infrastructure and for general conditions encouraging the roll out of electric cars in Germany.

Ministers Rainer Brüderle (BMWi) and Peter Ramsauer (BMVBS) emphasized that the development of suitable batteries in Germany was one of the most crucial issues for the roll-out of electric cars. In their contribution, the working group concerned with battery technologies said the critical time for establishing a sustainable production of the necessary cell and battery products in Germany was between 2012 and 2014.

Source: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi)

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