Roland Dürre
Wednesday May 5th, 2010

Electric Cars

According to our Federal Chancellor, there should be 1,000,000 electric cars on German streets by the year 2020.

To me, it seems unlikely that we can even get anywhere near that number of cars powered by electricity and still being equipped with anything remotely like the standards of modern cars with combustion motors (driving performance, heating, air conditioning, electrical appliances and functions, not to mention cruising range).

I can, however, imagine that the million could be reached by 2020 if we count all electronic vehicles, such as pedelecs, electrical bi- and tricycles, electric carts and the like. More than 90% of these vehicles (or at least their fundamental technical components) will probably be imported from China.

And I cannot think of anything the German Government could do to change matters in this respect. Except if you suddenly introduced a drastic speed limit and increased the tax on fossil energy just as drastically.

The German producers could sell their combustion-powered cars to China and develop simple and economical electric cars for the home market, which will (perhaps) be bought at home, too. Those cars would have to be economical, because electricity, after all, does not originate at wall outlet. And as soon as China has no money left to buy fuel, we could sell all the simple electric cars to China.

But as far as I know, nobody in this country has these kinds of visions.

(Translated by EG)

I took the pictures from the central media archive Wikimedia Commons.

5 Kommentare zu “Electric Cars”

  1. Chris Wood (Wednesday May 5th, 2010)

    Such a vision makes little sense environmentally, until oil and particularly coal stop being burnt in power stations. I do not see this happening by 2020 in Germany, and certainly not in China.

  2. rd (Wednesday May 5th, 2010)

    Schon heute werden in China täglich mehr Fahrzeuge (neue, aller Art) mit Elektromotoren als mit Verbrennungsmotoren in Betrieb genommen.

  3. Chris Wood (Wednesday May 5th, 2010)

    Yes Roland, and they are building more coal power stations to power the cars!

  4. rd (Wednesday May 5th, 2010)

    Chris hat recht (wie immer :-). In der Tat geht statistisch gesehen zurzeit in China jeden Tag ein neues Kohlekraftwerk ans Netz.

    Aber die chinesischen E-Autos sind trotzdem sparsamer als die importieren Deutschautos.

  5. Chris Wood (Sunday May 9th, 2010)

    Can anyone give comparative CO2 production needed for these two cases, and also for a small conventional car driven at reasonable speed?

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