The Future of E-mobility in Germany and the U.S.


from right: David Campbell (RGIT); Michael Kagan (Constellation Energy) Claus Fest (RWE); Luis Giron (Siemens); Daniel Ciarcia (GE) (© German Embassy)

As a part of the initiative “Transatlantic Climate Bridge”, the Representative of German Industry and Trade and the German Embassy in Washington co-hosted a panel discussion with key European and American representatives of the automobile industry as well as infrastructure and energy companies. The panel was presented by David Campbell (RGIT) and Jim Motavalli (New York Times).

The car manufacturers GM and BMW are optimistic with the regard of the development of the e-car industry. According to estimates of Brian Ramp (BMW), electric vehicles will be well established by 2050. In the U.S., e-cars have already been used in the military and public transportation.  However, both nationwide energy supply as well as an internationally standardized infrastructure for the battery charging stations are needed before the average customer will be able to use e-cars, so Brian Wynne (Electric Drive Transportation Association). Therefore, since 2010 Siemens creates technologies for the efficient use and intelligent distribution of renewable energy within the European “Smart Grin” initiative. Claus Fest from RWE pointed out that all stakeholders such as industry leaders, the administration and Non-Government Organisations have to be involved in the development process and would have to collaborate in order to develop the best implementation strategies for green and sustainable transportation.(ks)

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