1. According to you, what is the biggest challenge in developing electromobility? Is it batteries for vehicles, disposal of used batteries, lack of resources for battery production?
I think the biggest challenge is to combine the different development paths of electromobility (batteries, charging systems, etc.) in order to create a system which is flexible for innovations as the shift to electromobility requires not only changes in technology and infrastructure but also in the behavior of people and economic relationships
2. Do you think society is ready to use electric vehicles?
For Germany, I think that at the moment society is already quite far in transition. The use of e-bikes is constantly increasing, more models for electric cars and motorbikes are brought to the market and the government is still pushing the development of e-mobility infrastructure. So, I guess society is ready but also is made ready for the shift from fossil fuel-based transportation.
3. Do you think that fossil fuel vehicles will be replaced by electric vehicles in the future?
Maybe at on point, fossil fuel vehicles will be replaced and the electric vehicle will take a large part in this. But in my opinion, however, there will be more of a mix of alternative drives. In Germany, for example, the development of hydrogen vehicles is currently being increasingly promoted.
4. What is your vision of the city in the future in terms of the use of electric vehicles in urban mobility?
In the future city, electric vehicles probably will play the dominant role in transportation especially in mass transportation and the most common used mobility concepts will be sharing services. With further development in automation and networking of transport systems as well as smart grid solutions a completely new cityscape will emerge, which addresses the ecological challenges of our time as well as the reduction of noise and traffic jams or the desire for less stress when driving.