Transport Transition

Think Tank Spells Trouble for Carmakers

PUTNEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Exhaust fumes from a car in Putney High Street on January 10, 2013 in Putney, England. Local media are reporting local environmental campaigners claims that levels of traffic pollutants, mostly nitrogen dioxide, have breached upper safe limits in the busy street in south west London. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Could car fumes soon be a thing of the past?
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Germany’s automakers have been slow to invest in low-carbon technology such as electric cars, despite the government’s huge shift away from fossil fuels. This has left them exposed.

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    Facts

    • As part of its energy transition, Germany’s government wants to have 1 million e-cars on the road by 2020.
    • Agora Verkehrswende wants to bring about the “decarbonization of the transportation sector.”
    • Dieter Zetsche, head of carmaker Daimler, has advised “investing massively in this technology.”
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Hackescher Markt is one of the busiest places in central Berlin.

Tourists gather here to explore the nearby courtyards, narrow streets, galleries and museums. Every day thousands of people also commute through its busy transport hub, while there are also cyclists and those trying to get through the bottleneck of Berlin’s city center with a car.

The hotspot in the German capital is going to be the focus of a new project to be launched on July 1. It’s a project that could pose a threat to the car industry: A fast transportation transition.

The change in the paradigm of German mobility is being pushed by two organizations based in the area.

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