Now electric cars are getting more and more geopolitical significance and, actually, already have become the matter of national energy security. Germany has banned fracking and depends on Oil and Gas import as no other industrial country. Solar and other alternative sources of energy are developing very fast in Germany and electric cars with distributed lithium storage facilities can be integrated into the smart grid.
Latest developments are very positive for electric cars and can ignite the manufacturing renaissance in Europe.
"BMW i3 is outselling Tesla Model S in US now, Mercedes B was rolled out and Audi is making the whole line of its own electric cars. German auto-makers are ego to get into the largest auto-market in the world as well. Daimler and BYD J/V has produced DENZA electric car and BMW has its own J/V partnership ion the country. Germany is already the very important market for our strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium. Our Avalonia Lithium project in Ireland will bring potential source of lithium close to the heart of manufacturing base in Europe. Read more."
"Recent world-wide public awareness about the climate change and lithium technology advance demonstrated by Tesla Motors, present to us the unique opportunity to capitalise on this trends advancing the development of lithium supply chain. The largest world auto-market is based now in China. The Chinese Premier has announced the war on pollution and electric cars are at the forefront of this development. Our strategic partnership with Ganfeng Lithium opens the doors for our company to participate in these global development in electrification of our transportation. Read more."
"Germany is offering electric-car buyers the prospect of free parking as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government seeks to boost demand for the vehicles.The German cabinet today backed a bill that would enable municipalities to offer drivers of battery-powered cars, fuel cell vehicles and some plug-in hybrids privileges including parking and the right to use bus lanes, the Environment Ministry said today in an e-mailed statement.“Electric cars will get their own labels so they’re recognizable to everyone,” Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said in the statement. “Sales will rise amid an increasing selection of electric models and a growing number of e-cars on the roads.”Germany, the focal point of the European auto industry, has set a goal of having 1 million electric vehicles on its roads by 2020, from about 21,000 at the start of the year. The goal is aimed at underscoring the country’s prowess in auto manufacturing as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet climate-protection targets.Transport, which accounts for about 16 percent of the country’s carbon-dioxide emissions, generated about 140 million metric tons of CO2 in 2012, from about 161 million tons in 2001.The measures “can boost electric mobility,” Matthias Wissmann, president of the VDA auto industry group, said today in an e-mailed statement. The rules have to take effect quickly and apply nationally to convince customers, he said. Read more on Bloomberg."