The world’s largest automobile show, taking place every two years in Frankfurt, Germany, in September, not only started the current car show season, but also was a turning point for electric vehicles.
BTW, the origin of the IAA (Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (exhibition)) goes back to 1897, when 8 horse-less carriages were displayed in a hotel lobby. The 2013 IAA saw 300 + exhibitors show several thousand cars and cars related items.
At its home-show, Volkswagen Group announced that it would be producing hybrid cars, battery-electric and range-extended cars, numbering 14 by the end of 2014; other automakers around the globe are not far behind.
Matthias Wissmann, of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), highlighted this year’s emphasis on electric mobility at the show by saying, “The car of the future will set new standards in emissions; we are on the way to the zero emissions car.
“Here at the IAA everybody can see that electric mobility is no longer a vision, but reality; We are no longer dealing in announcements; now it is being implemented!
“The car of the future will be completely connected. ‘Always online’ — in future, this will apply especially inside cars. Cars and smartphones are two sides of the same coin!
“We are bringing the Internet into the car—and we are bringing the car into the Internet. . . .
“This industry is energetically driving forward the digital revolution both in and around the car; It will lead to an exciting and new driving experience. The car is becoming a mobile communication platform, this makes driving even more comfortable and, more importantly, even safer.”
In today’s Canadian showrooms, only nine electric cars are available; 2014 seems to be the EV’s tipping point for truly alternative transportation — one hundred years after electric vehicles made up one-third of all automobiles produced. —— Better late than never.