What measures are you thinking of specifically?
Müller: Three things. First of all, any country that sets ambitious climate targets must also ensure that it makes itself the best place for industry to do business, in terms of taxes, charges, levies, and energy costs. Second, the infrastructure that this transformation requires has to be in place – both digital infrastructure and enough charging stations and energy. This is crucial, because it’s already clear that the amount of renewable energy we’re producing won’t be sufficient to meet the huge quantities of electricity that we’ll need on a daily basis in Germany in 2030. Third, geostrategic challenges have become more important in recent times – this is something we’re seeing at the moment with raw material shortages but also with economic disputes between countries. For all three things, we in the automotive industry are reliant on the government taking action. In other words, we can’t win the race on our own. We’d like to call on everyone involved in this transformation to now roll up their sleeves and make a committed contribution.
Wolf: Although we shouldn’t forget a key player in all this: the consumer. Regardless of what targets the government sets, it is ultimately consumers who will decide whether electromobility is going to be a success. And they won’t buy an electric car unless they can be sure they’ll have enough places to charge it. And do so cheaply. And not only in Germany, but also in France, Spain, or Italy, because people like to be able to take their car on holiday, after all. We need a pan-European solution to this problem.
Müller: With the wide range of issues, you quickly realize that it’s not enough to simply pick a target and say: “Right then, off you go and meet it!” Will we achieve the goal of transformation? Yes, that’s what we’re working toward. As for how we’ll do it, however, that’s undecided to a certain extent. We’ll keep on making minor adjustments to the course we’ve set; we’ll see technical innovations that bring us further forward. What we mustn’t forget in all this, and here I agree completely with Dr. Wolf, is considering people’s day-to-day reality. We can’t be allowed to overburden consumers – we have to convince them. That’s the key to a successful transformation.