The alternative for private transport in rural areas

In rural areas, dependence on private transport is often greater than in urban areas, as there are fewer public transport connections, greater distances to be travelled, lower population density and fewer jobs and services nearby. In many cases, a personal vehicle is considered necessary to reach destinations quickly and conveniently. Electric vehicles therefore play a key role in the transport transition. Electric vehicles that store energy in the form of hydrogen can also be useful in exceptional cases.

The advantages of battery electric vehicles:

  • Cost savings in operation: electric vehicles often have lower operating and maintenance costs compared to vehicles with internal combustion engines. Above all, however, the use of electricity instead of fossil fuels is significantly cheaper.
  • Environmental friendliness: The use of electric vehicles helps to reduce environmental pollution as they do not produce any harmful exhaust gases. Although production causes slightly more greenhouse gases than the production of conventionally fuelled vehicles, this disadvantage is quickly compensated for.
  • Tax benefits and subsidies: There are various subsidy programmes with grants and investment relief for companies that use electric vehicles. There are also tax advantages such as a waiver of vehicle tax and significantly more favourable taxation of the private use of company cars.
  • Image promotion: Companies that use electric vehicles are perceived as environmentally conscious and can thus improve their image.

Possible hurdles:

  • Higher acquisition costs: electric vehicles are generally more expensive than conventional vehicles. However, the operating costs are generally lower.
  • Limited range: Electric vehicles generally have a more limited range than vehicles with combustion engines. This can be a problem if employees have to travel long distances or the vehicle is used for business trips.
  • Lack of infrastructure: Especially in rural areas or in areas with limited space, it can be difficult to provide sufficient charging stations for electric vehicles.

The wfc advises on individual solutions, subsidies and counselling services to make it easier to get started. This primarily concerns the purchase of vehicles and the development of charging infrastructure.

There is also a wealth of information for companies: https://www.elektromobilitaet.nrw/

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