When will Amazon cars be available?

Amazon as a problem, billions for large cars and parking for almost nothing

Andreas knee. (Photo: InnoZ)

Everytime on Sundays: The members of our editorial board tell us alternating between what was important to her in the past week. Today: Professor Andreas Knie, social scientist with a focus on science research, technology research and mobility research. His hobby is the transportation of tomorrow.

Climate reporter °: Mr. Knie, Transport Minister Scheuer has now surprised with two rather unconventional proposals. He wants to transport parcels by subway and revive the idea of ​​a maglev train between Munich and its airport. What is to be made of it?

Andreas knee: Not very much. The Federal Minister of Transport is known for constantly proposing new solutions to traffic problems, but these are not solutions.

The magnetic levitation train remains unusable in the new variant. There are already now a number of alternatives. The connection of airports to the rail network would be possible, but is not consistently pursued.

Like trams, underground trains have often been tested as transport containers. There are individual cases in which this can be useful. But it is much more important that the movement of goods as well as the courier express and parcel services, or CEP for short, are bundled and that there is no need to have a separate car for every small item.

Amazon boss Bezos has announced that he will donate ten billion US dollars to an environmental fund. He had to take a lot of criticism - that was pure greenwashing. How do scientists think about it, who lack the money for their climate protection projects?

Amazon is the problem. If the money could be spent on organizing the movement of goods more efficiently and sustainably and perhaps also changing the regulation in such a way that deliveries can only be made to central locations and picked up there, home delivery is only possible as an exception and returns are no longer allowed are - if Amazon were ready to rethink the main consequences of its business model, then one can only say: Bring the money.

The above 3.6 million Cars that will be in Germany in 2019 newly registered have been, according to a survey of the University of Duisburg on average 158 hp under the hood - five hp more than a year earlier and the tenth record in a row. Driver were SUV with average 172 hp and hybrid cars with as much as 194 hp. How does that fit in with a traffic turnaround?

There will be no turnaround in traffic if the buying and leasing of large cars is particularly encouraged.

Diesel subsidies alone cost the state eight billion euros a year. So that the company car - incidentally the fastest growing segment - is so attractive for the company and the employees, the state spends another three billion.

And there is still "free travel for free citizens" on motorways. So who should do without cars, especially big ones?

For a few days now there has been a purchase bonus of 6,000 euros for all-electric cars that do not cost more than 40,000 euros. For corresponding plug-in hybrids, there are 4,500 euros. Will more car buyers now opt for e-mobility?

The mini-increase in premiums will be of little use. E-vehicles remain too expensive and they have no advantages. It's still a lot cheaper to buy a diesel.

Only next year will more electric vehicles be available due to the stricter limit values ​​of the EU, which will then also be cheaper.

So while Germany is still sticking to diesel and Otto, the EU is trying to focus on the decarbonisation of transport.

And what was your surprise of the week?

It almost went under: The state of Berlin actually tried to have the cap on resident parking fees raised from the current maximum of 30.70 euros per year to up to 240 euros in the Federal Council. Minister Scheuer called the increase in the upper limit "excessive". The application failed.

This means that for private cars the following still applies: Parking in public spaces costs practically nothing!

Car sharing or ride sharing have no chance at all. The state is wasting a lot of space, public space continues to be privatized as if there were no tomorrow.

Questions: Jörg Staude