In an international comparison, Germany lags behind when it comes to e-mobility, as the latest ranking by the consulting firm Berylls shows. The energy crisis is now making matters worse. In this guide, we list the consequences this could have for the development of electromobility.
The energy shortage affects everyone in Germany – some more, others less. The prices for electricity and gas continue to rise and especially in winter it could become scarce not only for households but also for companies.
- 1.E-Scooter: The rental is expensive
- 2.Charging bans for e-cars imminent?
- 3.slowdown in the energy transition
E-Scooter: The rental is expensive
Operators of e-scooters and other battery-powered rental vehicles will be hit hard. The increasing costs for companies like Tier, Emmy, Voi and Co. will have to be borne by customers when electricity prices multiply.
This also raises the question of how long some providers over the winter can hold, because even before the crisis, none of the e-scooter companies were really profitable. Even mobility giants like Voi and Tier 2022 had to lay off 10 or even 16 percent of their employees (source: businessinsider.de). The darkest time of the year could amplify this trend due to low demand for e-scooters and e-scooters.
Charging bans for e-cars imminent?
It is not yet possible to say whether the great fear of electric car drivers will come true. bottlenecks could especially in the twilight hours and at night appear. A potential charging ban late in the winter months for the power guzzler e-car, on the other hand, could shake consumer confidence and shape the image of e-mobility in the long term. Nevertheless, forced shutdowns and bans remain unlikely.
That we should run out of electricity and with it the light two reserve nuclear power plants prevent, which should continue until April 2023. According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the two nuclear power plants Neckarwestheim 2 in Baden-Württemberg and Isar 2 in Bavaria should “make an additional contribution to the power grid in certain stressful situations tense supply and network situation in southern Germany in the winter of 2022/23” (source: tagesschau.de). This means that failures are unlikely, but cannot be ruled out.
It also remains unclear how much electricity is actually drawn in some places. Up to 30% of all private wallboxes are not reported to the network provider, at least according to the statement of the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW). The network operators try to prevent a potential overload of the system by carrying out stress tests (source: Allgemeine Zeitung).
Slowdown in the energy transition
What is certain is that the energy crisis is extremely bad timing Has. Entrepreneurs and especially medium-sized companies have so far hardly been able to recover from the consequences of the corona pandemic. Because of the inflation, profits and savings from the summer run like sand through the fingers of founders and private individuals. The war between Ukraine and Russia and the resulting gas shortages, which in turn are driving up the price of energy, seem like a bad hoax for consumers already watching their spending. At the same time, there are no incentives for e-mobility: State subsidies for electric cars will drop at the beginning of 2023, and the purchase of plug-in hybrids will no longer be financially supported from December 31, 2022.
In short: who should pay for it? There is a lack of money and motivation for the energy transition. If not on the business side, then certainly on the consumer side. Buyers of an e-car no longer save much by doing without the combustion engine.
On the other hand, climate change is not even thinking about stopping on its own or giving decision-makers a break. Without the energy transition, things will look even more bleak. Since e-fuels and hydrogen are not real alternatives, electromobility is needed to meet climate targets. But for this to remain attractive even in the crisis, it takes ongoing promotion. Depending on how the government tackles this problem in the near future, Germany might even make it into the top 10 of the next ranking.