In order for German car manufacturers not to miss this trend as well, Dr. Angela Merkel, chancellor, inaugurated the “national platform electromobility”. In her opinion, Germany “is extremely qualified to take a leading position in this field”.
Industry and government share the responsibility for reaching that promising goal, Ms Merkel added.
Rainer Brüderle, Minister of economic affairs (3d to the left of Ms Merkel) intends to make good use of the clusters made of car manufacturers, subcontractors and component suppliers and promises to “reinvent the automobile”. The "national platform electromobility" consists of politicians, entrepreneurs, managers and scientists, communal representatives and consumers. Its mission is to coordinate the “national electromobility development plan” and put it into practice. For a start, experts from the automotive and energy industry are going to evaluate the market opportunities in seven working groups.
Other important topics are the development of energy storage solutions and international standards. By 2020, one million electric vehicles are supposed to hum on German roads.
While car manufacturers were hoping to receive government funds, they were disappointed by Ms Merkel and the minister of transport, Peter Ramsauer (directly behind Ms Merkel). The latter is convinced that “electric vehicles will be so hip that everybody is going to want one, funding or not”.