For years, the German auto industry seemed happy to leave development of the electric car to established Asian manufacturers such as Nissan and Toyota, and to US upstart Tesla. At the time, German carmakers were in love with diesel. But now, thanks to the Dieselgate scandal and ongoing discussions about diesel bans in more than 40 German cities, electric cars are suddenly looking a lot more attractive. The result: Germans are mounting an e-car offensive, with dozens of new models set for serial production by 2025.
Despite all the hoopla, there are serious obstacles to overcome on the road to fully electric traffic: Here, seven uncomfortable truths for Germany to deal with en route to more climate-friendly mobility.