Alternative Drives

E-mobility can make a considerable contribution to the protection of our environment.
eMO blog 2 (© Thomas Rosenthal/VdTÜV)
© Thomas Rosenthal/VdTÜV

In addition to conventional combustion engines, various other types of drive technologies (hybrid, electric, vehicles with fuel cells and combustion engines operating with hydrogen) exist in various stages of development. Energy prices, scarcity of resources and environmental restrictions as well as increasing demands for mobility have led to vehicles with alternative types of drive entering the market to a greater extent. Motor vehicles, whether propelled by LPG, natural gas or ethanol, are produced by the manufacturers based on stringent environmental restrictions. The TÜV organisations have also participated in the research on electro-mobility. VdTÜV and its members support the goal of the German government to have one million electric-powered vehicles on the road in Germany by January 2020. E-mobility offers the opportunity of making mobility sustainable and affordable on a long-term basis while reducing climate-damaging emissions.

With this in mind, VdTÜV took over the management of the German government's showcase project ‘E-mobility for social institutions’ within the region Berlin Brandenburg. Nine electric vehicles from three different manufacturers are being tested by three social institutions in Berlin for their everyday-performance as well as usability for the specific requirements of the facilities. This research project will continue to run until April 30, 2016.