Mobile, immobile, e-mobility – action required

REMONET-logoThe new controversies towards the question of mobility, which finds the way into the discussion about e-Mobility, seems to become a discussion of immobility. Everything is moving, but there is evidence to stand still, if you look up to the real impact of the discussion. Are we on the path towards a changing culture of mobility? Reply: no – are we on the path towards e-mobility? Reply: no.

Now many people will ask why we should discuss the subject at all? It is necessary, because Germany has a lot of good approaches in this respect. But a lot of this sticks in the dullness of everyday life. To put one million e-cars on the streets in Germany is a creditably aim, but the experience in the evolution in practice shows us the opposite – why? Because we are totally a „car society“. On that account it must work like a charm, you´d think – no, therefore it doesn´t work readily. And here we put it into question in how many projects, which one should promote e-mobility it´s a trivial question?

On day at a time we gain experience in that way. What is the reason for the paradox? One cause is the absolute automobile orientation regarding our general mobility. Everything is focussed on the car. We use the car daily to run errands – nonetheless the car is standing 95% of a day. The cities are crowded with cars, moving ones and particularly with parking cars. This is the crux of the matter – we have to rethink to make a difference. But first we have to „re-act“, We have to organize out mobility in another type. But who is doing that? Cities permit to drive into the backyards of every historic centers. The inner cities offer more and more parking opportunities in parking garages because of making money with this.

© Petair /

© Petair /

The public transport services only drive at the profitable routes, but what is about the rural population? They are all trapped in „path dependency systems“, which has to be left.

The car calls for the car, calls for streets, calls for parking areas, calls for cars – which is stupid. Electric mobility is a chance to rethink our kind of mobility and step beyond the path of automobile addiction. We should develop multi-modal mobility concepts.

In the city of Siegen, in Germany (North-Rhine Westphalia) we try to do this right now, in fact in small steps „slow moves“, but the innovation project „remonet“ (regional emobility network) will provide a basis for further developments.



Jürgen Daub,