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Despite many unsolved problems, noise, which is influenced by the A radical change in transport
Germany has pushed for a speed, the tyres and road surface, policy is needed. In cities the
programme, for one million especially in densely populated transport sector is responsible
electric cars on the streets in regions. Third, car traffic is for 70% of all emissions, which
2020. Set into the perspective of responsible for many accidents are harmful to the climate. But
almost 50 million vehicles in the that kill 25,000 people per year in some places a change is
country, the contribution of these in the EU. Fourth, the costs: Every already happening: London
measures will be insufficient, car is subsidized € 1,600 per year, and Stockholm have made the
although the subsidies amount if the accident and climate costs car an unwanted guest in city
to several billion euros. Let us are included. And this amount is centers by the introduction
take a look across the borders of paid for every taxpayer, even if of congestion charges. On
Europe: During the last five years, he or she has no car. Fifth, land the other hand bicycle traffic
the number of cars has doubled use: every day more than 100 increases everywhere, from
in Asia. In China there are about hectares are covered by asphalt Sevilla to Copenhagen. In
seven million cars more per year! in Germany. The government German cities over 90 percent
If the Chinese use the car only only wants to reduce it to 30 ha of all car trips are shorter than
half as much as we do, no one in 2020! Electric cars would not 6 kilometers: These are ideal
will be able to take the car in change that a bit. distances to switch to bus, train,
the future, because there is not e-bike, bicycle and walking.
enough oil, steel, lithium for the It is and remains a scandal that Overall short-and long-distance
batteries and space on the streets. environmentally-friendly transport rail and public transportation like
is more expensive in Europe trams are modes of e-mobility,
COMPETITION WITH RAIL AND than environmentally-harmful which have already proved their
BUS transportation. These problems success for a long time and have
Due to its short range, the e-car can only be solved by other a renaissance worldwide, in Paris,
primarily competes with more modes of e-mobility: E-bikes are London and New York. These are
sustainable modes of transport, booming right now without any the approaches for the future of
such as busses, trains and bikes. subsidies. our mobility that we would like
Especially in cities, the car literally to see on a long run. MICHAEL
is the motor that drives the INCREASING ENERGY DEMAND CRAMER
decrease of the quality of life. To achieve the climate protection
Therefore, we do not need new targets a fundamental change is Since 2004 Michael Cramer
automobile competitors to other needed in the transport sector. is a Member of the European
short-range vehicles but rather an The Royal Academy of Sciences Parliament (EP), working mainly
alternative to space-wasting cars - in the UK has calculated that on EU transport policy. After
regardless of the engine. electricity demand on the island ten years as transport policy
would rise by 16 percent, if e-cars spokesman for the Green group,
The emissions are in fact only were introduced on a large he was elected chairman of the
one of five problems of current scale. To increase the demand of Committee on Transport and
car use, which can be solved by a energy is especially problematic Tourism (TRAN) in July 2014.
switch to e-cars and their lifecycle - not least in light of the current Since 1979 he has been mobile
has to be improved. Others are problems with Russia. without a car. l
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