ENVIRONMENT

Alternative Drive Technologies and Fuels

Alternative drives reduce CO2 emissions and our dependence on mineral oil and an improvement of the air quality.

The principle of technology neutrality must apply to future drivetrain technologies. The combustion engine will continue to play a significant role for the foreseeable time, as will the diesel engine. Its efficiency will however be improved significantly when combined with natural gas, liquid gas, climate-neutral fuels and the increasing electrification of the drivetrain. Hybrid vehicles - including vehicles that feature the option to recharge at the electricity grid (plug-in) and that offer appreciable range - will be an important bridging technology on the way to pure electric vehicles. The significance of the fuel cell technology will increase in the medium to long term, especially for the purpose of extending the range of these vehicles. The necessary hydrogen is subject to the same requirements as are expected for the electricity needed to operate electric vehicles - both must be generated entirely by regenerative sources.

The international motor vehicles manufacturers have been delivering electric vehicles ready for serial production to customers since 2010. The diverse and versatile range already available is permanently and rapidly being extended by the international manufacturers. Demand for electric vehicles will only begin to increase at the time the costs are comparable to those of a motor vehicle with a combustion engine, the recharging infrastructure has made progress and the reach of these vehicles is considered satisfactory by the customers.

The VDIK welcomes the Federal Government's overall concept for promoting electric mobility. The Federal Government subsidizes the additional costs for electric vehicles purchased by consumers. The environmental bonus is funded in equal proportions by the Federal Government and the manufacturer. The electricity provided by the employer for recharging electric cars is no longer classified as a non-cash benefit and the 10-year exemption from motor vehicle tax for electric vehicles has been reinstated. The Federal Government will also make 200 million Euro available for the development of a rapid recharging infrastructure and another 100 million Euro for the standard recharging infrastructure.

The international manufacturers are proactively participating in the Federal Government's "Clean Energy Partnership (CEP)" campaign and argue in favor of a nationwide infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles.