E-mobility is highly discussed, but not enough of it can actually be seen on the streets. Well, not yet. By late 2018 some premium German brands will be entering the running by rolling out a wide range of electric models. “Finally”, one might want to say, after all, Tesla has been doing it, and successfully, for quite some time. Climate change won’t wait – if we want to keep accelerating, leisure driving and enjoying all of our car comfort, we need a solution. Fortunately, car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, VW, Porsche and Daimler are already in the starting phases and are ready to pick up enough speed that the US industry leader might be in trouble.

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Category: Mobility     Text: Sandra Gawlowski
E-mobility is highly discussed, but not enough of it can actually be seen on the streets. Well, not yet. By late 2018 some premium German brands will be entering the running by rolling out a wide range of electric models. “Finally”, one might want to say, after all, Tesla has been doing it, and successfully, for quite some time. Climate change won’t wait – if we want to keep accelerating, leisure driving and enjoying all of our car comfort, we need a solution. Fortunately, car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, VW, Porsche and Daimler are already in the starting phases and are ready to pick up enough speed that the US industry leader might be in trouble.
BMW
BMW was one of the first to set something electrifying in motion in 2013 with its i models. With the latest BMW eDrive technology, the German car brand hopes to make it as the next big thing in the summer of 2019. Here’s what the new plug-in hybrid model, the BMW 330e Sedan, has to offer: Compared to its predecessor, its electric range will be increased by 50 percent to up to 60 kilometres. In addition, CO2 emissions will be reduced by more than 10 percent and, during the standard XtraBoost, drive power will be increased temporarily and additionally by up to 30 kW/41 hp.

Photo: BMW AG
Mercedes
Daimler is also not backing down on the electric offensive and plans to launch the new battery powered SUV Elektro-Mercedes EQC at 70,000 euros in 2019. In comparison to its German competitors, the EQC’s full battery can only manage 450 kilometres, but Mercedes is choosing to focus on an overall coherent concept instead of just maximum distance. According to Daimler, a good and important step is taken with this outstanding vehicle, complemented by the quality service to match, the charging infrastructure and the appropriate legal framework.

Photo: Daimler AG

It was clear to us from the beginning of the development of the EQC:
This will be the Mercedes among electric vehicles.

Britta Seeger
Board member of Daimler AG

Porsche
Electric mobility isn’t unknown territory for Porsche. As early as 1900, Ferdinand Porsche presented the Lohner at the Paris World Exhibition: the brand’s first electric vehicle that achieved a range of up to 50 kilometres. More recently, hybrid models were made available in 2010 and plug-ins entered the market in 2013, making the carmaker the first manufacturer in the premium segment to offer plug-in models. Porsche is now really taking on e-mobility with the new Taycan, the all-electric vehicle with a range of 500 kilometres. And so it comes full circle: the Taycan will have the same birthplace and roll off the same assembly line as the Type 356, the first Porsche produced in Zuffenhausen in 1950.

Photo: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG
Audi
At the end of 2018, the Audi e-tron, the German brand’s first purely electric series model, is to noiselessly roll out of the CO2-neutral factory in Brussels. From 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, more than 400 km range thanks to a large high-voltage battery and zero emissions. Two electric machines guarantee maximum driving performance, while the electric all-wheel drive enables excellent traction and dynamics on any surface and in all weather conditions. With simple and easy handling, the battery can be charged at home, then it’s ready to head out on the road, purely electrically of course. Even the wide range of digital options within the vehicle proves that the four circle premium brand is setting new standards even in the electric age.

Photo: Audi AG
VW
Even VW is declaring war on Tesla: with an electric car for about 18,000 euros. The car manufacturer is increasingly focusing on electro mobility and the modular electrical construction kit (MEB), on which the new electric models are based. Compared to the E-Golf, the buyer of an ID CUV or ID Aero saves as much as 40 percent – despite the doubled range of up to 600 kilometres. Even a sustainable successor for the cult T2 bus has already been designed: The Buzz minibus will be built like an ID according to the principle of the new MEB electrical construction kit. Around 100,000 buses are to be produced per year and by 2025, Volkswagen intends to sell more than one million electric cars a year.

Photo: Volkswagen AG

We have the best building
strategy for electric vehicles

Herbert Diess
CEO of VW

And what about the batteries? So far, many of the components originate mostly from Asian producers, which has led to a dependency. They plan to gradually reduce the number of employee representatives, as well as car managers and builders, and politicians with an EU battery alliance, which, following the example of Tesla’s “Gigafactory”, intends to build a battery factory. The EU is investing billions of euros to build lithium-ion cell factories in Europe. The manufacturers are themselves taking action; for example BMW is already pursuing plans to create an in-house electrochemical basis for battery cells.
But what about the flip side of the coin? Everyone raves about “electrification” and its importance, especially in urban environments, but just as significant as pushing the electro-focus forward should be the critical examination of its shortcomings. According to many forecasts, the construction of electric cars will involve fewer production steps and thus require fewer workers in the future. Digitalization is also contributing to the fact that machines are already replacing workers. Only time and development will show whether there are new jobs in the field of battery management and manufacturing that require human workers. In addition, a rapid and thorough expansion of the charging infrastructure is needed. More and more charging stations are gradually being built in the cities, but in rural areas things are still looking bleak. Ionity, a cooperation project between BMW, Daimler, VW and Ford, plans to create 400 charging parks in 18 countries by 2020; which is a great start. But it’s becoming increasingly important that politicians, car manufacturers etc. muster the will to build up a gigantic charging network as soon as possible. And when it comes to charging infrastructure, Tesla can no longer be surpassed.

It should also be clear to all of us that it is only through mass use and appropriate standards for battery technology in cars and charging stations, that the benefits become noticeable and impactful on a large scale. Either way, electric cars are the mobility of the future and if we succeed in not only jumping on the bandwagon now, but also actively participate in progression, we will surely find ourselves on the right green path.

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Category: Mobility     Text: Sandra Gawlowski
E-mobility is highly discussed, but not enough of it can actually be seen on the streets. Well, not yet. By late 2018 some premium German brands will be entering the running by rolling out a wide range of electric models. “Finally”, one might want to say, after all, Tesla has been doing it, and successfully, for quite some time. Climate change won’t wait – if we want to keep accelerating, leisure driving and enjoying all of our car comfort, we need a solution. Fortunately, car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, VW, Porsche and Daimler are already in the starting phases and are ready to pick up enough speed that the US industry leader might be in trouble.

Photo: BMW AG

BMW

BMW was one of the first to set something electrifying in motion in 2013 with its i models. With the latest BMW eDrive technology, the German car brand hopes to make it as the next big thing in the summer of 2019. Here’s what the new plug-in hybrid model, the BMW 330e Sedan, has to offer: Compared to its predecessor, its electric range will be increased by 50 percent to up to 60 kilometres. In addition, CO2 emissions will be reduced by more than 10 percent and, during the standard XtraBoost, drive power will be increased temporarily and additionally by up to 30 kW/41 hp.

Photo: Daimler AG

Mercedes

Daimler is also not backing down on the electric offensive and plans to launch the new battery powered SUV Elektro-Mercedes EQC at 70,000 euros in 2019. In comparison to its German competitors, the EQC’s full battery can only manage 450 kilometres, but Mercedes is choosing to focus on an overall coherent concept instead of just maximum distance. According to Daimler, a good and important step is taken with this outstanding vehicle, complemented by the quality service to match, the charging infrastructure and the appropriate legal framework.

It was clear to us from the
beginning of the
development of the EQC:
This will be the Mercedes
among electric vehicles.

BRITTA SEEGER
Board member of Daimler AG

Photo: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Porsche

Electric mobility isn’t unknown territory for Porsche. As early as 1900, Ferdinand Porsche presented the Lohner at the Paris World Exhibition: the brand’s first electric vehicle that achieved a range of up to 50 kilometres. More recently, hybrid models were made available in 2010 and plug-ins entered the market in 2013, making the carmaker the first manufacturer in the premium segment to offer plug-in models. Porsche is now really taking on e-mobility with the new Taycan, the all-electric vehicle with a range of 500 kilometres. And so it comes full circle: the Taycan will have the same birthplace and roll off the same assembly line as the Type 356, the first Porsche produced in Zuffenhausen in 1950.

Photo: Audi AG

AUDI

At the end of 2018, the Audi e-tron, the German brand’s first purely electric series model, is to noiselessly roll out of the CO2-neutral factory in Brussels. From 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, more than 400 km range thanks to a large high-voltage battery and zero emissions. Two electric machines guarantee maximum driving performance, while the electric all-wheel drive enables excellent traction and dynamics on any surface and in all weather conditions. With simple and easy handling, the battery can be charged at home, then it’s ready to head out on the road, purely electrically of course. Even the wide range of digital options within the vehicle proves that the four circle premium brand is setting new standards even in the electric age.

Photo: Volkswagen AG

VW

Even VW is declaring war on Tesla: with an electric car for about 18,000 euros. The car manufacturer is increasingly focusing on electro mobility and the modular electrical construction kit (MEB), on which the new electric models are based. Compared to the E-Golf, the buyer of an ID CUV or ID Aero saves as much as 40 percent – despite the doubled range of up to 600 kilometres. Even a sustainable successor for the cult T2 bus has already been designed: The Buzz minibus will be built like an ID according to the principle of the new MEB electrical construction kit. Around 100,000 buses are to be produced per year and by 2025, Volkswagen intends to sell more than one million electric cars a year.

We have the best building
strategy for electric vehicles

HERBERT DIESS
CEO of VW

And what about the batteries? So far, many of the components originate mostly from Asian producers, which has led to a dependency. They plan to gradually reduce the number of employee representatives, as well as car managers and builders, and politicians with an EU battery alliance, which, following the example of Tesla’s “Gigafactory”, intends to build a battery factory. The EU is investing billions of euros to build lithium-ion cell factories in Europe. The manufacturers are themselves taking action; for example BMW is already pursuing plans to create an in-house electrochemical basis for battery cells.
But what about the flip side of the coin? Everyone raves about “electrification” and its importance, especially in urban environments, but just as significant as pushing the electro-focus forward should be the critical examination of its shortcomings. According to many forecasts, the construction of electric cars will involve fewer production steps and thus require fewer workers in the future. Digitalization is also contributing to the fact that machines are already replacing workers. Only time and development will show whether there are new jobs in the field of battery management and manufacturing that require human workers. In addition, a rapid and thorough expansion of the charging infrastructure is needed. More and more charging stations are gradually being built in the cities, but in rural areas things are still looking bleak. Ionity, a cooperation project between BMW, Daimler, VW and Ford, plans to create 400 charging parks in 18 countries by 2020; which is a great start. But it’s becoming increasingly important that politicians, car manufacturers etc. muster the will to build up a gigantic charging network as soon as possible. And when it comes to charging infrastructure, Tesla can no longer be surpassed.

It should also be clear to all of us that it is only through mass use and appropriate standards for battery technology in cars and charging stations, that the benefits become noticeable and impactful on a large scale. Either way, electric cars are the mobility of the future and if we succeed in not only jumping on the bandwagon now, but also actively participate in progression, we will surely find ourselves on the right green path.

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