Lots is being written on the role of transport in light of the climate crisis in the world’s media today. As we all know: burning fossil fuels produces carbon that contributes to the warming of our planet. Electric drives are more environmentally sustainable alternatives in their consumption and have, therefore, been increasingly integrated into our lives for many years. It begs the question of how e-mobility is already shaping urban space today.
My – admittedly highly subjective – research commences in a café in Düsseldorf’s trendy Flingern district on a sunny weekend. It takes no time at all for any number of electrically powered means of transport have passed me by. Most of them are cargo bikes, e-scooters and, of course, cars marked by e-plates. Hoping that they might sustainably replace combustion cars in urban traffic sounds almost too good to be true. however.