Cars & commercial vehicles
Shaping the transport of tomorrow with electromobility
At the end of October 2021, 115,000 purely battery-operated vehicles were registered in NRW – 53,000 more than at the start of the year. Electric cars account for 17 per cent of new registrations and have therefore already overtaken diesel cars. And more and more craft businesses and tradespeople are choosing e-mobility when purchasing a new, light commercial vehicle. Even today, electric vehicles are the more efficient, economical and comfortable alternative to internal combustion vehicles.
The State of North Rhine-Westphalia has been playing an active role in making the vehicle market more electric since 2017. Funding has been provided for electric cars, electric commercial vehicles, charging infrastructure and electric transport bikes via the “progres.nrw – Emissionsarme Mobilität” programme. Financial support has even been provided for storage systems connected to new photovoltaic installations.
The future of climate-friendly transport is diverse. Heavy goods vehicles like ships and trains will be powered by hydrogen, whereas planes will use synthetic fuels. By contrast, cars and light commercial vehicles are better suited to battery power (in many use cases), which is also a cost-efficient alternative.
You can find more information about the technology, economy and environmental impact of different powertrains as well as funding opportunities and current figures on electromobility at www.elektromobilitaet.nrw.