WSM on the future of mobility

by Hans Diederichs

The WSM Wirtschaftsverband Stahl- und Metallverarbeitung e.V. (German Steel and Metal Processing Trade Association) supports open technology in the promotion of new drive technologies. The transport sector must contribute to the attainment of climate targets; it is not the goal to rely solely on battery-powered propulsion.

The transport sector must save much more CO2 emissions using significantly lower-emission drive technologies. In addition to the batter electric drive technology, the use of e-fuels and efficient combustion engines is also an option for individual transport. It is still unclear which drive technology will be the technology of choice in the future and whether there will be a single technology at all. At the moment, at any rate, battery technology leads to higher CO2 emissions if production is included in addition to operation. In the future, different drive forms will probably coexist, and the efficient combustion engine will remain an important component of tomorrow's mobility. It is therefore crucial in this phase that national governments and the EU provide technology-neutral support. In addition, the introduction of new drive forms must be synchronised with the changing supply of electricity resulting from the energy revolution.

"Politicians and automobile manufacturers are urgently advised to make the promotion technology-neutral, above all in order to make the changes in drive technology quick but as cost-efficient and socially acceptable as possible," says Christian Vietmeyer, CEO of WSM.

Source: WSM              Photo: Pixabay

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