The EU has once again decided something "future-oriented": As realistic as the decision years ago that Europe 2010 should be the economic engine of the whole world. The EU could just as easily decide how many days of sunshine are permitted or required each year.
Now she wants to "force the market for electric cars", as it says in the publications of European media. EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas wants to ensure that 2020 electric charging stations are available in Germany alone by 150.000. A total of 650.000 public charging stations are said to exist in Europe. Old EU agreements stipulate that by 2020 at least ten percent of EU traffic should (and should) be carried out with renewable energies and no later than 2050 (probably already in 2030!) That an internal combustion engine should not be driven in any city.
Whoever should pay for the massive expansion of e-charging stations will be excluded from this plan as always. And between the lines of thick EU papers such as the "White Paper on Transport" it can then be read that "first" citizens have to pay for it - either through taxes or taxes on conventional fuels. At the end of the day, according to the prayer wheel-like story, the citizens saved a lot of money. What a nice illusion.
The Germans in particular know from recent experience how “saving” works: Electricity should become cheaper with the massive expansion of solar and wind energy, but is becoming more and more expensive by leaps and bounds. The promises of salvation dissolve in hot air. The demand for hundreds of thousands of new electric tapping points also makes it clear: politicians have no idea about economic contexts, physics and, above all, consumer behavior and needs. That's what makes them so dangerous. Your cluelessness will then be gladly poured into the laws of positive happiness. "The citizen can sometimes be forced to his luck", can be heard from the EU Transport Commissioner. That really sounds not only strange, but dangerous to the public authorities. Europe on the way to the absolute planned economy, in which even the sale of water-saving shower heads is to be prescribed. And this is unfortunately not a joke, but another chapter in the EU manual of centralized forced delight.
The electric charging station advance also makes it clear that the anti-democratic planned economy, as was once only supposed in socialist countries, is developing a questionable law. No wonder that citizens feel increasingly harassed and punished. Who seriously believes that we will become glowing EU supporters, even though we have all been enthusiastic Europeans for a long time? Europe is not threatened by the euro, nor by poverty or the banks. Europe is threatened by bureaucratic dream dancers who think every day about how and where to educate citizens to be better people.
The bureaucracy-born paternity orgies in the transport sector are crazy. An EU official said smoothly that the e-taps are also cheating to drive out the range problem of the electric car. Sufficient e-connections along the highways would make it possible to drive from Munich to Hamburg in an electric car. Does the man really know what he's talking about? This argument completely ignores the fact that no driver wants to wait a few hours while refueling before he can continue driving. The loading times cannot be reduced to minutes. Not even with five million charging points. Dramatic advances in battery technology are of no help. As car visionary Ferdinand Piëch said at the award for the Golden Steering Wheel in Berlin, he was right: His Segway scooter was the only electric drive that he enjoyed. Only a few understood this subtle criticism of the current discussion about the electric car correctly.
In the end, of course, the electrically powered automobile will dominate our streets. Realistic futurologists expect this in 80 years. But then the car will no longer have a battery, but a hydrogen-powered fuel cell that generates the electricity to drive. And once again, Toyota proves its long-term innovation strategy: In 2015, the Japanese automaker plans to launch its first fuel cell saloon. Daimler has been developing this technology for over 30 years and will continue to do so. BMW relied on the internal combustion engine with hydrogen for many years, but temporarily “put the expensive experiment on hold”. The Munich-based company is now cooperating with Toyota on fuel cell development. Volkswagen and Audi are also developing in this direction, but also rely on bridge technologies such as biogas, hybrid and battery. The VW E-up should come onto the market this year. The range should be a safe 130 kilometers. This is completely sufficient for everyday life in an urban environment. But not for the journey from Munich to Hamburg. Even if the EU plans want to suggest this to us. (Peter Groschupf)