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Electromobility is the key technology for reducing the transport sector’s dependence on fossil fuels and cutting its climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. The main factors influencing the climate benefits of e-mobility are the use of renewable energies to power vehicles, and its improved energy efficiency compared with the internal combustion engine. Overall, however, the environmental benefits of e-mobility will depend to a large extent on how it is conceptualised – because climate-friendly mobility is not just a question of technological development. It must be accompanied by awareness of sustainable mobility behaviour, and the policy framework must be designed to reward such behaviour.

The Oeko-Institut’s researchers assess the potential of e-mobility from a broad perspective. They analyse the opportunities and challenges associated with the market ramp-up of the new drive technologies, and audit these technologies’ climate and resource footprints. They calculate the effects on electricity demand in Germany and identify cost savings and emissions reductions compared with combustion engine vehicles. Issues relating to the charging infrastructure and comprehensive sustainability assessments for resource inputs along the supply chain are a further focus of their research.


  • More and more traction batteries for electromobility in the EU

    More and more traction batteries for electromobility in the EU

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    In view of the currently rapidly growing number of used batteries from electric vehicles, buses and e-scooters, the question of proper end-of-life management is becoming more and more urgent (see infographic). Although recycling capacities are being built up in the EU, the logistics and recycling processes are usually associated with considerable costs.
  • Electric cars with cost advantage

    Electric cars with cost advantage

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    Electric cars are cheaper than their reputation. In the calculation model, the experts calculated and compared the total costs of three mid-range cars with electric drive, petrol and diesel engines.
  • The end of the internal combustion engine

    The end of the internal combustion engine

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    The farewell to the combustion engine is foreshadowed in large parts of road traffic: Major states and regions have set themselves the goal of no longer permitting new combustion engines after a certain year, usually between 2025 and 2040, or even of equipping their vehicle fleets completely with alternative drive systems.