Electromobility has replaced “sustainability” as the top topic in German-language media. English-language publications have reported on the move away from fossil fuels and the boost for electromobility more than twice as often as the year before, thus creating key trends. However, the still insufficient charging options are slowing down a faster spread of electric vehicles. This is shown by the study “MIND-SHIFT: A Compendium on Future Mobility, Circularity and New Urbanism“, which the media monitoring company pressrelations carried out in spring 2022 with FirstSignals®, a method for early detection. The future development of mobility was analysed on the basis of reporting in the most important leading German- and English-language media.
The expensive and technically complex installation of large “electric charging stations” with fast-charging DC, i.e. direct current, is considered a new market worth billions, but at the same time is criticised as thinking in old combustion formats. In addition, the existing electricity grids are hardly sufficient to supply the rapidly growing market of EVs with energy.
Since electric power – unlike petrol and diesel – is available everywhere, charging facilities should ideally be installed where the cars are parked. Electric vehicles can be operated with both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). Urban planners are therefore calling for as many urban charging points as possible to be set up with cheap but slow AC technology, so that the long periods of time when the cars are just standing around anyway can be used effectively for charging. On average, this is around 85% of the day.
For Dr Hans Hamer, CEO of SHIFT Mobility, it is a seismograph for the coming trends in mobility.