Facts about Germany 2015 2015 - Page 91

Electromobility is one of the major topics the German automotive industry will address in the future BMW i3. In order to help electric cars make to produce evolutionary, advanced materials their breakthrough, the Federal Government for R&D on the most efficient battery sys- has promised that owners of such vehicles tems. will be allowed to use bus lanes, will enjoy reserved parking spaces, and special registra- In the meantime German and European tion plates. It has also considerably increased universities and higher education institutes spending on energy research, with a particu- now offer around 1,000 innovative courses lar focus on more powerful batteries for in the field of renewable energies and energy electric cars. The “2020 Battery” project is re- efficiency, which attract many international garded as a showcase project and is intended students.