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In November last year, the Free Democratic Party (FDP) parliamentary group of the German Bundestag had addressed a "minor question" to the Federal Government on the role of synthetic fuels for mobility in Germany. The German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) took up the opportunity on 20th February to invite FDP members of the German Bundestag and their assistants to a parliamentary breakfast in Berlin. In September 2018, the Research Association for Internal Combustion Engines (FVV), a member of the AiF, had presented a study on possible options for climate-neutral mobility in 2050: "Defossilizing the transportation sector - Options and requirements for Germany".
The goal is ambitious: Road transport is to be climate-neutral by 2050. However, this objective can only be achieved if energy generated from renewable sources is used in the transport sector.
A working group at the Research Association for Combustion Engines (FVV) has therefore analysed various mobility scenarios for Germany from both a technical and an economic viewpoint within the scope of this study. The scenarios present completely CO2-free mobility in 2050, the required energy for which is covered in full by renewable and reallistically exploitable sources. The use of electricity, hydrogen and synthetic e-fuels is analyzed in detail in this FVV study, for which experts from automotive manufacturers and suppliers, enegy and mineral oil compaies, the chemical industry and various associations pooled their knowledge. The results of the study aim to enable a fact-based dialogue on the energy sources and powertrains of the future.
Key statements of the study:
"The decisive factor for further progress in a future energy mix will be how much technological openness political decisions will allow the industry", summarises Dietmar Goericke, Managing Director of the FVV. "For commercial vehicles, building site traffic or roadworks, agriculture or aviation, completely different solutions are needed than the fully-electrified powertrain."
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