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The Electric Shock: E-Mobility Gets Existential for German Carmakers

The Electric Shock: E-Mobility Gets Existential for German Carmakers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2017

The automobile of the future drives autonomously and runs on batteries. Daimler, VW and BMW, which have waited dangerously long to join the trend, are on the verge of the biggest upheaval in their history. Can the reboot succeed? By Simon Hage and Dietmar Hawranek more... Comment ]

Asleep at the Wheel: German Leaders at Odds with Industry over Electric Cars

Asleep at the Wheel: German Leaders at Odds with Industry over Electric Cars

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2016

The government in Berlin fears that German automobile companies are lagging behind as electric cars pick up speed around the world. Faced with immense challenges and the potential loss of tens of thousands of jobs, the industry is still pushing its gas guzzlers. By Horand Knaup, Michael Sauga and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]


VW Scandal: Time for German Industry to Abandon Its Arrogance

VW Scandal: Time for German Industry to Abandon Its Arrogance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2015

Arrogance and complacency are widespread in Germany industry, with Volkswagen becoming just the most recent example. For the German economy to remain healthy, fundamental changes are necessary. A Commentary by Armin Mahler more... Comment ]

Merkel's Patrons: Donation from BMW Owners Raises Eyebrows

Merkel's Patrons: Donation from BMW Owners Raises Eyebrows

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

Just weeks after the German election, Angela Merkel's conservatives received donations totalling 690,000 euros from the family that owns almost half of BMW. The payment coincides with Berlin's forceful intervention to halt tough new CO2 curbs for carmakers in the EU. more... Comment ]


Car Clash: Germany Blocks CO2 Reduction Deal

Car Clash: Germany Blocks CO2 Reduction Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2013

There were threats, lobbying and even a call from Chancellor Merkel to the Irish prime minister. In the end, Germany got its way and managed to delay an EU decision on lowering the amount of CO2 European-made cars may emit. more... Comment ]

Funding Shortfall: Germany Forced to Cancel Climate Programs

Funding Shortfall: Germany Forced to Cancel Climate Programs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2013

As prices for carbon emissions continue to languish, Berlin is planning to cancel some key subsidy programs aimed at increasing reliance on renewable energies. Germany and other European countries seem uninterested in fixing the problem. more... Comment ]


The World From Berlin: 'Electric Cars Are Far Too Expensive'

The World From Berlin: 'Electric Cars Are Far Too Expensive'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2012

The German government said last year it wanted to see 1 million electric cars on the road by 2020. But this week it conceded that the goal is probably out of reach. Media commentators argue that battery-powered cars are too expensive and don't have a long enough range to make them attractive to consumers. more...

Making Trolleys Out of Trucks: 'Green' Transport Idea Is Expensive Folly

Making Trolleys Out of Trucks: 'Green' Transport Idea Is Expensive Folly

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2012

The German engineering giant Siemens is researching the idea of using overhead electricity lines to power truck traffic. But the state-supported project makes no sense. It would cost billions to implement -- and only lead to higher fuel consumption and more pollution. By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]


New Joint Projects: BMW and Toyota Plan Closer Cooperation

New Joint Projects: BMW and Toyota Plan Closer Cooperation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 25, 2012

BMW and Toyota plan to broaden their planned cooperation beyond diesel engines and battery technology and to work together in other areas, SPIEGEL has learned. The alliance will be announced shortly. The two carmakers can benefit from each other's know-how. more...

Electric Dreams: Congested Streets Spark E-Scooter Trend

Electric Dreams: Congested Streets Spark E-Scooter Trend

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2012

As cities become more crowded and traffic more snarled, commuters and engineers are searching for better ways to get around the world's urban hubs. E-scooters, once considered an unpromising technology, are making a comeback as major car manufacturers rediscover their utility and sudden popularity. By Jürgen Pander more...