Stefan Kapferer, Chairman of the General Executive Management Board at the BDEW, on how the energy industry is helping to support innovative new alternative powertrains as they partner with the automotive industry.
The discussion on CO2 fleet limits and driving bans has emphasised even more that we will observe and experience enormous changes in the transport sector over the next few years. With electric cars, hydrogen and gas vehicles, the necessary innovative technologies for alternative powertrains have long been available. And indeed, a new dynamic is developing, especially in the field of electromobility: various vehicle models are being promised, subsidy programmes are being set up and tax reductions are being introduced to provide incentives to purchase vehicles that also make electric fleets even more attractive. I'm sure that in just a few years electric vehicles will have an impact on our roads – by 2030 it could be ten million.
The energy industry has already paved the way for this to happen: The existing power grids can already handle up to 13 million electric cars "refuelling" today, our electricity is getting "greener", and we have an ever-growing network of public charging points. In the last twelve months alone, the number has risen by more than 50 percent to over 20.600 charging stations. And new charging points are constantly being added on motorways, at supermarkets and in city centres. By the way, at many of them it is already possible to fill up with 100 percent regeneratively generated electricity. The CO2 emissions from driving will then equal zero.
20.600 public charging points – that's a remarkable number when you consider that there are just over 200-000 electrically powered vehicles in Germany to date and that the private wallbox is the first port of call for many people anyway: around 85 percent of charging takes place at home or at work. Here, however, the federal government urgently needs to pave the way so that it will be possible for every tenant and apartment owner to install a loading infrastructure if he or she secures the financing. A corresponding change in tenancy and condominium law is the key to this.
This is especially important if one considers that energy companies are developing more and more products and services for climate-friendly mobility, whether they are for private customers, businesses or municipalities. This ranges from private charging infrastructure and home storage to electric fleets for public transport and car sharing concepts. All-inclusive packages including purchase advice for the e-car and special electricity tariffs for e-mobilists are also available.
On September 6-7, 2019, BDEW, together with more than 60 companies, will be bringing electric mobility to life with a variety of campaigns at numerous locations throughout Germany.
Under the motto Fahrt ins Grüne“ ("Drive green"), we will show how electric mobility can be conveniently integrated into everyday life – in the city and in the countryside. With electromobility marketplaces, test drives, e-rallies and much more. Let's drive green!
Stefan Kapferer was born in Karlsruhe in 1965. He studied management sciences at the Uni-versity of Konstanz. From 1993 to 1998, he worked for the Lower Saxony regional association of the Free Demo-cratic Party. In 2003, he became department head in the Lower Saxony State Chancellery. In 2009, Mr. Kapferer was appointed State Secretary for the German Federal Ministry of Health. In 2011, he switched to the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. From 2014, he was Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD in Paris. Since 2016, Mr. Kapferer is Chairman of the General Executive Management Board of BDEW.
Stefan Kapferer will be talking about Extinction of the petrol heads? on September 12 at 11:20 am in Hall 5.