Electricity rationing: a devastating signal for electric car buyers and interested parties

Car buyers are considering whether they should switch to e-mobility or give preference to a diesel or gasoline engine. And then the Federal Ministry of Economics goes public with the message that electricity for the charging stations may have to be rationed in order to avoid widespread blackouts.

Volkswagen reports a tripling of sales of electrified cars in 2020 compared to the previous year. This is undoubtedly a success that many e-skeptics would not have thought possible. The power with which VW marketing has achieved these numbers can also become a problem in the long run.

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Prof. Thomas Koch (KIT): "Anyone who really wants to set nitrogen oxide emissions to zero would have to ban the electric fleet immediately"

Is the combustion engine threatened with extinction? This is how one could interpret the latest proposals of the pan-European “Advisory Board on Vehicle Emission Vehicles Standards” (AGVES). What was hatched there has the potential to explode in terms of industrial policy. In an interview, Professor Thomas Koch from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) warns that realism should prevail when it comes to the specifications - also in order not to harm the European idea.

Interview by Jens Meiners with Thomas Koch.


Professor Koch, how do you classify the expert panel's suggestions on the EU-7 standard?

Guest author Harald Kaiser on Tesla's near-crash

It's hard to believe, but the glamor boy of the global electric car scene actually spoke up a notch. Elon Musk, the head of Tesla, recently admitted frankly that it wasn't long ago that Tesla almost went bankrupt. Musk revealed on Twitter that it was pretty close. Here is the original tweet from November 3rd:

The VDA is pushing for the expansion of the charging infrastructure for e-mobility - the EU wants to virtually ban combustion engines from 2025

VDA President Hildegard Müller takes the initiative that Angela Merkel and the federal government should have taken long ago. E-mobility dream dancer Angela Merkel has long since had to say goodbye to her illusory dream of having a million battery-electric cars on German roads in 2020, but not done much to create the most important framework for this: a charging infrastructure build up. The EU Commission's plan to practically ban combustion engines through technically impractical specifications has been severely criticized by the VDA.

Hildegard Müller now rushes to help the high-flying electrophantasies on their feet. “I would therefore like to have a charging station summit with everyone involved, with the energy industry, the housing industry, the mineral oil industry, with the airports, parking garage and petrol station operators, of course with the federal government, states and municipalities, and that before Christmas.” VDA President sent a signal for next week's "car summit" and the government is under pressure to support this initiative.

Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid: Economical on the zeitgeist wave

SUVs with an E in their license plate appear more and more often. What can be understood as an indication of an electric vehicle does not mean that it is driven without a combustion engine. Plug-in hybrids are gaining ground because many customers would like to switch to electromobility, but do not want to forego an actually unlimited range. The internal combustion engine on board makes the panic search for a charging station obsolete. The Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid fully meets the automotive zeitgeist.


"We are about to ruin our automotive industry and thus also the heart of the German economy"

Mobil in Deutschland eV in an interview with Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Sinn:

Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Sinn is one of the best-known economic researchers in Germany and was President of the renowned Ifo Institute for many years. Dr. Michael Haberland, President of the Automobilclub Mobil in Deutschland eV, recently met the German “luminary in economics” in Munich and asked current questions about cars, mobility and politics:

Dr. Michael Haberland: What was your first car?

News from the rumor mill: is a new BMW magazine coming or not?

Customer communication with printed magazines has been a highly volatile instrument for German car manufacturers for years. When a crisis is announced, budgets are cut or magazines are completely discontinued. Sometimes they are only offered online in digital form. However, market research repeatedly confirms that printed instruments are important for customer loyalty.

As the well-known industry information service LOUT is now reporting, BMW seems to be thinking about a new print magazine. See also https://lout.plus/Experten/BMW-Magazin-alleine-stemmen-oder-bleiben-lassen.html

"Autonis" design award: Audi five times first, BMW "best design brand of the year" and Mercedes-Benz creates "best interior design"

When auto motor und sport calls for the selection of the best design innovations every year, one thing is certain: the readers decide. Not an expert jury, but those who buy cars and say what they like best.

No fewer than five Audi models were awarded this year, while BMW was voted “Best Design Brand of the Year”, a prize to which Mercedes-Benz had previously subscribed and this time it was awarded for “best interior design”. In total, there were more than 100 new models from various manufacturers to choose from. Around 16.000 participants cast their votes in the readers' poll.