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Car debate Five facts about electric mobility and hydrogen

09/15/21
Volkswagen Arteon eHybrid

Sound familiar? Friends, work colleagues and family members discuss whether electric cars really are the future. Wouldn’t hydrogen or synthetic fuels be a better option? A large number of scientists feel this question has already been answered. “Many studies have shown that electric drive is by far the most efficient method for powering cars,” said Prof. Maximilian Fichtner, for example, battery expert at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). We have summed up everything you need to know when it comes to the car debate in five points.

Prof. Maximilian Fichtner
Many studies have shown that electric drive is by far the most efficient method for powering cars.
Prof. Maximilian Fichtner

1. Electric cars are the most efficient to drive

162
kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity are needed to produce six litres of e-Diesel – enough to drive 100 kilometres. Using the same amount of energy, a battery-powered car can travel around 1,000 kilometres.
Car debate: Five facts about electric mobility and hydrogen

2. Electric cars are increasing their range

Volkswagen ID.3
Electric models, such as the Volkswagen ID.3, are already useful for everyday life. Experts like Maximilian Fichtner expect to see further improvements.

3. Electric cars have the best climate footprint

Car debate: Five facts about electric mobility and hydrogen
The carbon footprint shows that, in the European compact class, electric cars do better than diesel and petrol cars.

4. Electric cars protect their surroundings

Volkswagen ID.4
Quietly through the countryside – no problem with the Volkswagen ID.4.

5. Electric cars facilitate the energy revolution

Car debate: Five facts about electric mobility and hydrogen

Charging stations and supply chains

Supply chains:

Car debate: Five facts about electric mobility and hydrogen
Cobalt for Development: The project in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being implemented by GIZ, the German association for international collaboration, and funded by companies. The objective is to develop sustainable methods for mining cobalt and promoting educational opportunities and alternative sources of income.

Charging stations:

Joint expansion of European Fast-Charging-Network