I was chatting with a friend these days. Sure, about cars. He wants to move to a sunny island, so he wants to buy a robust e-car and charge it with solar power, but he doesn’t believe in the e-transformation in Germany. “It never works,” he says. I only agree with him that it will never work for all of the approximately 50 million vehicles in this country.
His suggestion: with nuclear energy – because we would never have enough green electricity from wind, sun and water here – produce hydrogen or in one step more eFuels. This is the fuel that burns and also bubbles emissions out of the tailpipe, but only as much CO2 as was previously extracted from the atmosphere during its production. Climate-neutral and – because no new CO2 is produced – also good.
Also: Today’s cars can fill up with it, the entire infrastructure from tankers to gas stations already exists. In AUTO BILD you have recently been reading more about hydrogen cars, eFuels ideas and plans for the future. I always ask myself: We all – if we had paid attention – learned how to do it at school: electrolysis. Why are we still at the beginning? Rechargeable batteries ensure mobility now because there are no alternatives in the foreseeable future.
The new AUTO BILD 21/2022: Here are all the topics
NEW HITS BMW M4 CSL: Less kilos, more horsepower • Mercedes-Maybach Haute Voiture, Squad Solar City Car, McLaren platinum paint, Land Rover Defender 130, Lexus UX 250h • First drive: Mercedes T-Class • Kia Niro EV: We drive the E version • BMW iX M60 already driven MESSAGES When the car becomes a traitor • Combustion engine off from 2035 • VW sales manager Klaus Zellmer: What the ID.Buzz has to do with “Star Wars” • TESTING & TECHNOLOGY Family van in the test: Dacia Jogger • Fresh Skoda Karoq against Hyundai Tucson – both with diesel and all-wheel drive • Citroën C5 X: First test with the crossover from Limo, SUV and station wagon • New from the endurance test • Big against small: Mazda 2 and 3, Peugeot 208 and 308, Skoda Fabia and Scala • Everyday relationship: Mercedes EQC • Used cars: Ford Mondeo tournament REPORTS Northvolt: Why Peter Mikael Carlsson is building a battery factory in Heide • How Audi brings light into the darkness • Fritz Neuser: The dealer legend turns 90 • Skoda’s trainees are building a rally car SERVICE Not only good things come from above: How to protect the car from dirt from trees • Retro scooter with electric drive • Scratch protection and Co: Who protects his car can save money • Ask readers, AUTO BILD answers • Service mixing HEADINGS Eye-catcher: Renault Scénic Vision • Readers’ Choice: Best Workshops • Extra Tour: DS E-Tense Performance