Our driving force: Moving away from oil
When the German automotive industry speaks of an emission-free future, some people may raise their eyebrows, considering the discussions about manipulated and dubious pollution levels. This is understandable. This is because the automotive industry gave people the impression that it wanted to maintain the status quo at any cost.
But the opposite is true. Since 2004, CO2 emissions and the fuel consumption of newly registered passenger cars have been reduced by more than a quarter. We stand by our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Germany by up to 40 percent by 2020 – and we are striving for more: For years, manufacturers and suppliers have been working on the vision of “zero emissions”. This is based on the goal of producing vehicles that emit neither exhaust gases nor CO2. Electric mobility is a key element for this.
Therefore, the German automotive industry invests more in research and development than any other industry: more than 30 billion euros worldwide per year. Much of it flows into the development of alternatives to the internal combustion engine.