When begin mass production of large-scale models with electric drive? Is the crisis opens new perspectives for the automotive industry for the development of electric vehicles?
Electric cars in Europe – still very rare. On the roads of Germany, for example, is currently touring a total of only 1400 cars with electric drive. Nevertheless, according to the German government plans by 2020 that number should increase to one million, but by 2030 – up to 5 million. This means that in a couple of decades, every fifth car in Germany will go electric.
Many Germans today is pleased to be carried behind the wheel of electric vehicles, as compared with its petrol and diesel analogues energy they consume four times less. Hence, the cost of their maintenance is much cheaper. Add to all: if the current for charging the batteries comes from renewable energy sources such as solar panels or windmills, then electric vehicles do not pollute the environment, at least during their operation.
Tomi Engel, a specialist in eletrocars and head of the German Society for the use of solar energy, I am confident that by how quickly will advance the development of powerful electric motors and “long” the success of automotive batteries in the future. But the intentions of the German politicians, it belongs skeptical: “In any case, this is a very ambitious plan. Million electric by 2020? Based on the current situation, it becomes clear that it is rather loud words and no more. At least, not yet one of the automakers are not stated on this occasion nothing concrete.”
According to the expert than the end, the PR company, in practice – time will show. Many auto companies doing very contradictory statements. What they are saying that this technology is not a priority, then suddenly declare themselves by leading experts in this field, has the most advanced developments. Engel is confident that should still have a lot of time until the biggest concerns will develop some kind of a clear strategy on this issue.
Chevrolet VoltBildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Chevrolet VoltNo, other experts believe, the crisis has not only opened up new prospects for electric vehicles, but also pushed manufacturers with new challenges. The most significant of them – this is the high cost of electric power. It is known that at the moment, people are not in a hurry with the purchase of new machines, and even more so – expensive. For information: widely publicized series of electric car General Motors – Opel Ampera (an analogue for the U.S. market Chevrolet Volt) will cost in Europe 40 thousand euros. Serial production model is scheduled for 2011.