Fuel cells that work with hydrogen are also sensible – but mainly for the segment of large, heavy commercial vehicles with an extensive range. In order for the mobility transition to succeed, everybody must work hand in hand. It is important and right to have a wide-ranging discussion, and it is a good thing that this has now started.
From a Californian point of view, how far on is Germany with the e-mobility transition?
Politically speaking, Germany has made the strategic error of neglecting the research and development of batteries. Perhaps it was thought that batteries would only be needed for smartphones and other portables, which was a mistake.
But Germany is catching up – by taking advantage of its location, that is home of companies like Volkswagen AG, which have a great deal of experience and expertise in automotive production. If Germany pools these resources, it will probably catch up with and in the long term perhaps even overtake other countries. High and consistent quality is essential for cars – and at the moment, only a few other manufacturers outside Europe are qualified to tackle this challenge.