The car in 2037 – the charging station of tomorrow

Usually the website AutoScout24 is not well known for new cars, and especially not for cars of the future. However, a couple of weeks ago the online marketplace for used cars has published a very interesting survey. In the course of the study almost 9.000 people in seven countries – Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Spain – have been questioned about their wishes and requirements regarding the car of the future. For us especially the questions and answers about design, usability and sustainability are highly relevant.

Being asked about their most important wishes regarding the car of the future 93% of the Europeans said: maximum safety. On the second place follows affordable mobility (89%). Two answers are ranked third: convenience and sustainability (86% each). For 58% these aspects are even “very important”. The opinions of the Austrians are remarkable: For them sustainability is even more important than cheap mobility!

E-mobility and design

The answers and opinions about design back our philosophy: the mobility of the future will be accompanied with new designs and shapes. “Investing in the necessary infrastructure is some­thing society has to do as a whole: oil is running out, and we need alternatives. Electromobility only makes sense if it goes hand in hand with an energy switch based largely on CO2-neutral sources. As well as the technology itself, we also need to create incentives to make alternatives attractive. Switch­ing mobility for free isn’t going to happen“, said Thomas Weiss, Editor-in-Chief AutoScout24 Magazine.


AutoScout24 has initiated the survey

Quality of life and individual mobility

Also in over 20 years individual mobility which is symbolised by the car, will still have an important and positive effect on peoples` quality of life. This is a fact in the opinion of 92% of the Europeans and 88% of the Germans.

However, inventors and engineers still have a lot of work to do, because a range of just 250km is acceptable for only 29% of the consumers. Almost two thirds demand a range of at least 500km.

bmw e-mobility

Design always transports a statement

Thomas Weiss comments: “European car drivers are a long way from see­ing the car as a bogeyman. Quite the opposite: the overwhelming majority of drivers expect the cars of the future to be good for their quality of life. This should be a stimulus for an industry facing fundamental changes: it should spur it on to give unconventional ideas more space when it comes to development.“

Emissions-free e-mobility – usability – statement

The key findings of this huge survey show what people expect from the car of the future – and which features an appropriate infrastructure has to come with. And once more we are confident that our approach meets the demands of the majority: e-mobility has to base upon sustainable energy, and solar charging stations will play an important role in the perspective. Usability, which includes the use of modern information and communication technology, will not only be important when driving the car but also for the charging process. And finally in the future design will still be a vehicle for statements. Up-to-dateness and a strong sense of responsibility , which are the messages of our solar charging stations, will certainly be very important statements in the future.

You can find all the results of the survey and some more comments from experts by following this link.

  1. Sass Peress says:

    Like many surveys in any area where people are asked to invest, people talk a certain way about sustainability, yet they vote with their wallets.

    The real test of what people want in their cars, or cities want in their charging infrastructure will be determined by how many are bought, not how many are talked about. So far, the purchase rate of electric vehicles is very low, not because people don’t answer surveys stating how wonderful they are, but because people won’t pay the extra cost for the limited range. Remove the cost, expand the range, and you will expand the market.

    Same for the solar infrastructure. If the Point.One or other solar infrastructure are the answer, sales will be the proof rather than the words of politicians or marketers. Citizens will believe what they see as actions that reward them for behavioural change, its not likely to ever be the other way around. And pretty pictures don’t show actions to the citizens, they are simply nice dreams which inspire up until the point where the investment required is superior to the willingness to invest. So the sales of Point.One or other solar charging stations are a much better barometer of real willingness to invest in change, than awards will ever be.

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