Electric mobility concepts and their significations for the economy, society and the envitonment (TAB electric mobility)

Over the last few years, electric mobility has once again been the subject of lively discussions due to new, more powerful rechargeable batteries and the high volatility on the oil markets. Political objectives such as reducing the dependency on oil, more efficient energy transformation, significant CO2 reductions and lowering local emissions from transport are important drivers of electric mobility. Electric mobility is therefore a prominent topic in environmental, economic and social terms.

A series of challenges still have to be solved with regard to technology and infrastructure. Also, suitable business models have to be developed, and needs and preferences of users have to be taken into account for electric mobility services to be successfully diffused and used.

Policy support can make a decisive contribution to solving these challenges. Electric mobility is already being promoted by the German government in numerous research programmes and pilot projects. These support programmes and projects each tackle different questions and regard different applications and aspects of electric mobility. So far, there has been no comprehensive compilation of the currently available results. Because of the complexity of the topic, however, such an overall picture is essential for a wide-ranging discussion and evaluation of electric mobility with regard to ecological, economical and social aspects and for any decision about political objectives and measures in this context.

One objective of this study is to comprehensively process and summarize the current state of research and development and to supplement this where necessary. Based on this, an overall analysis and discussion of those aspects should then take place which are of key importance for political decisions on strategies and measures, specifically the ecological, economic and social aspects of integrating electric mobility into our systems of transport. Conclusions and recommendations will be derived for the further development and promotion of electric mobility in Germany. The results will be summarized in a final report (Innovation Report).


01.11.2010 – 30.04.2012


  • Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag, Berlin