Electric mobility, according to the definition of the German government and the National Development Plan for Electric Mobility (NEP) comprises all street vehicles that are powered by an electric motor and primarily get their energy from the power grid – in other words: can be recharged externally.
What can realistically be said about electric mobility in terms of it being better for the climate? Do electric cars make sense even given today's energy mix?
Being locally emissions-free is a clear advantage of electric vehicles but the carbon footprint over the entire energy chain depends on the emissions related to generating the electricity – obviously that is also true of all other propulsion technologies and energy sources such as natural gas, diesel or gas /petrol.
Depending on the model, purely electrically driven vehicles currently have a range of between 150 and 250 kilometers, some even more. The exact figure depends on the driving style of the user as well as the environmental conditions.
What materials will be used to build electric cars in the future?
Which materials and construction techniques will be used in electric mobility in the future will depend on vehicle specific requirements (vehicle size and design, motorization and configuration, price level) and the development potential of the materials.