Kitzinger argues: when the electric car is ruled out

Gunter zankl is very fond of technical progress. On the roof of his garage there is a small photovoltaic system, which generates enough electricity to open and close the garage door electrically. Last spring, the pensioner wanted to take a definitive step into the future and buy an electric car. Only: there is a tangible problem, which initially nips the idea in the bud.

The problem is within sight of his home in kitzingen's alemannenstrabe: dozens of garages built by the city are located there, all of which have one rather decisive disadvantage: they are not connected to the power supply. So the man from kitzingen thought: i'll set up a charging station on my own property and drive up by car to load it up.

So far, so bad. Because the pensioner is only allowed to park in front of his property for a short time, a maximum of 15 minutes, for loading and unloading – and even that only with a special permit. It is not even possible to think of several hours needed for charging the car. Reason: the area in question is signposted as a pedestrian way, therefore parking is expressly forbidden. This was done deliberately, the planning concept was only to have sidewalks instead of streets to keep traffic out of the area.

The fire department has to be ready for action around the clock, and that’s why the herzogenaurach firefighters recently conducted a 24-hour training exercise. 38 participants aged between 13 and 62 were in action.

It all started with a spectacular traffic accident in burgstall at the spitzer company with two cars involved in the accident, one truck and four people to be rescued. The next stop was the meisel car recycling plant, where an explosion caused by excavator work left several burns and several people injured. Around midnight, the third call-out, this time without the youngsters. The task was to find a father and son in a forest stump between beutelsdorf and hammerbach, who had gotten lost in the darkness.

The second day got off to a particularly challenging start with a hazardous goods operation immediately after breakfast. A container with 1000 liters of contents (smoking sulfuric acid) was damaged and flowed into an adjacent pond behind the company breun between steinbach and burgstall. The additional alarmed fire department of hammerbach built together with the young people a complete decontamination route, another part equipped themselves with chemical protection suits, in order to seal the container and finally to be able to extract with hazardous material pumps.

It’s hard to say who was more beaming on monday morning: the "gift recipients" or the two savings bank mobiles that gleamed side by side in the sun. There’s no doubt about it, the new female-red runabouts, which are now in the service of charitable institutions, are something very special – and not just because of their unique design, but above all because of the purpose they serve: the handy vws bring people who want to help to people who need this help.

The donation vehicles were handed over by the acting chairman of the board of directors, kronach’s district administrator klaus loffler, his deputy, kulmbach’s district administrator klaus peter sollner, and the board members of the savings bank in a ceremony in front of the savings bank’s head office in kronach.

The initiator of this bavaria-wide savings bank campaign is chairman of the board klaus-jurgen scherr, whose retirement is imminent. This year, in the year of his retirement, four vehicles instead of two will be donated to charitable institutions and the complete acquisition costs of around 12,000 euros each will be covered. On monday, the BRK-kulmbach district association and the diakoniestation schmolz received their new company cars.

Digitalization can slow job loss in the automotive industry

The switch to electric cars will cost tens of thousands of jobs in the industry in the coming years – but the simultaneous progress in digitizing vehicles has been able to absorb most of the loss.

This is the conclusion of a study by the institute of automotive economics (IFA) at the nurtingen-geislingen university of economics and environment, which contrasts the consequences of the two trends.

According to the study, the change in the car industry will, in the worst case, result in the loss of more than 170,000 jobs by 2030.000 jobs from the current level of around 613.000 jobs at manufacturers and suppliers in germany will be sacrificed. In the best case scenario, there would only be about a tenth. However, all new digital vehicle components and also the batteries for the electric cars had to be produced in germany, write the authors of the study led by IFA director willi diez.