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Source: Federal Association for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany Ernst-Christoph Stolper, Deputy Chairman of the BUND (BUND) “The trend towards ever larger, heavier and more powerful cars must finally be broken. Oversized vehicles that continue to consume too much fossil energy have nothing to do with environmental and climate protection. But also for electrically powered vehicles it will need future efficiency requirements in Verbrauch.Besonder attention must be on the plug-in hybrids. Because they are only as clean as the users allow. Only if these vehicles cover the majority of their mileage electrically and with renewable electricity, they can even develop an environmental benefit. Otherwise, with their unrealistically low official figures on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, they primarily serve to allow manufacturers to calculate their environmental balances without having to change their business model with more and more SUVs. For the future must therefore apply: small, light and clean. Sustainable, future-proof vehicles must save energy and resources – in production, operation and disposal. It is to be welcomed that the Federal Government is finally focusing on charging stations at home and at work, not just public fast-charging devices. However, the construction of the charging infrastructure is primarily the responsibility of the economy. Public support for electromobility needs to focus on small efficient vehicles and, in return, be funded by an additional levy on large fuel-guzzling cars. This bonus-malus scheme must finally find its way into German transport policy. In addition, the Federal Government must support the expansion of electromobility by adapting building law and by implementing a decentralized energy turnaround with local power grids. “More informationOverview

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