PHOTO CAPTION: Renault Kangoo ZE electric car used as part of RWE Mobility program.

Germany Aims for Electric Vehicle Technology Leadership

Federal government wants make Münster a centre for battery technology development, while Aachen is designated a hub for automotive technology and the Ruhr area a 'competence centre' for infrastructure and grids.

Published: 26-Sep-2011

Congestion on the A40 autobahn between the cities of Mülheim, Essen and Dortmund is so endemic that the motorway was long ago dubbed “Germany’s longest parking lot”.

However, in 2009, RWE, the Essen-based power generator, began operating a pilot scheme on the road, which aims to catapult the region into the transport fast lane.

In conjunction with project partners, including Renault and the University of Aachen, the utility group set up a string of charging stations for electric vehicles along the busy route and provided more than 70 electric vehicles for the car pools of commercial users.


Daimler's Dieter Zetsche with electric car prototype.

Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche wants direct purchase funding to keep German carmakers technologically competitive.

German-E Car Stromos is EV conversion based on Suzuki Splash.

Merkel government wants to see 1 million electric cars on German roads by 2020.

Chancellor Angela Merkel with smart electric car.

The German government will double its funding to provide €2 billion ($2.83 billion) by 2013.


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