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The fight for the Image of electric cars

The time was not yet ripe for the electric mobility. E-cars are not clean, so why should we change? It is feedback of this type, the Jürg Large . He had received "extremely a lot of negative reactions," says the GLP-chief, the President of the Swiss electric mobility, the Swiss Association of E-Mobility.

trigger this just before Christmas, published article that addressed based on the most recent environmental report of the Federal Council of the various modes of transport are a burden on the environmental as a whole. E-cars, which produce no CO2, cut therein, although better than gasoline and diesel vehicles, but slightly worse than natural gas and hybrid cars – and, although you are driving in the calculations entirely with green energy. The main reason for the poor balance of the energy intensive manufacturing of electric car batteries, and which, as critics complain, some outdated data bases.

Such studies have the potential to damage the Image of the E-mobility – wrongly, as Large. The E-promoters aware of this danger. You therefore require additional life cycle assessments for the production of the E-car batteries, in order to demonstrate the potential of E-mobility. Large now wants to prepare a corresponding proposal. From the Federal office for the environment (FOEN) he demands, the environmental report, the Federal Council approved the end of November 2018, to enrich.

Second-Life-solutions include:

Specifically, experts are asked to calculate how much an electric car pollutes the environment, is produced, together with its battery fully with renewable energy. The current environmental report of the coal-, gas - and nuclear-dominated electricity mix of the countries involved in the production and not the effective Mix of the production company, such as Tesla the basis would be, what was the result of significantly criticized Large. Also, the experts will calculate a variant with an electric battery, which comes after their use in the car for ten years as an intermediate storage of decentrally produced electricity or in the building as a storage for network-relevant use in the application.

"If we always do only which has already been widely implemented solutions out there, then we stay in the cave."Jürg Grossen, GLP-national Council

Large acknowledges that such Second-Life solutions, as well as a E-car production solely by renewable energy continue to be the Standard. "If we make only the Past and only has already been widely implemented solutions for public and reports about it write, then we stay in the cave, sit," he says. There is a need, therefore, reliable statements on the environmental potential of E-mobility with the today's known and in a few months or years, wide-to-implement solutions.

"What assumptions are the calculations based on E-cars pollute the environment."Andreas Burgener, Director of Auto-Switzerland

Grossens exposure triggers different reactions. "What the assumptions were also based on getting the calculations: E-cars pollute the environment," says Andreas Burgener, Director of the Association of car importers car-Switzerland. Now, it is important to minimize these stresses as in the case of petrol and diesel cars as possible. That E-mobility has an image problem, don't believe Burgener: "New technologies raise questions." Also, the transition from the horse-drawn carriage on the railway or in the sailing of the steam ship is not run silently. In this respect, the controversy surrounding the E-mobility come not surprisingly.

Federal office takes no position

Also, FDP national councillor Thierry Burkart is convinced that E-mobility in the population enjoy. It is the best Alternative to the internal combustion engine; and also the societal consensus was broad.

No position to Grossens claim takes, the Federal office for the environment, because the environmental report is a report of the Federal Council. This response motivated the Big "all the more", the proposal to be submitted, "because without this, the FOEN nothing more would make".

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 07.01.2019, 13:22 PM

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