Wolf — When I finished high school, it was very important for me to own my own car. Is that still the case for teens today?
Student — Right now, a car isn’t even an issue for me personally. After I finish high school, I’m going to study in a large city where I will be using public transportation. But later in life, especially if you move out into the country, you’ll need to have your own car.
Wolf — In a large city, you can definitely rely on car sharing if you need to. You can simply book the car over the Internet using a membership card or a code and later just park it in any parking spot available.
Student — Sure, but this only works in metropolitan areas. A car is also a slice of individual mobility, especially later if you have a family.
Wolf — When I talk with young people in emerging countries such as India, China, or Brazil, the car is a very important status symbol. Is that still true in Germany? Aren’t young people more interested in iPads and other technological gadgets than in cars?
Student — All I can say is that I would love to have a trendy car with a rolled-down window, and music so loud that my ears ring. Among young people, whoever drives an awesome car is still admired.
Student — That might be true for some teens, but many are more pragmatic when it comes to the subject of cars. For a lot of teens, it’s simply a matter of getting from A to B.
Student — I think the main reason a car is important for most people is mobility. In my opinion, having a car as a status symbol is more important for people like managers or politicians. For a majority of people, this is playing less and less of a role.
Wolf — If you consider environmental protection and the risks of climate change, what kind of drive technology would you buy? Could you see yourself buying an electric car or a hybrid car?
Student — If I were to buy a car, then I would choose a hybrid vehicle. A purely electric car just doesn’t have a far enough range for me. If I am on the road and the power runs out, then I can drive the rest of the way using the combustion engine. But, the hybrid car should really be affordable for everyone.
Wolf — At ElringKlinger, we are already mass producing cell contact systems that are used for lithium-ion batteries. These are then installed into purely electric vehicles.
Student — I’ve already talked to my family about it. We can only imagine having an electric car as a second car because of its limited range. But the cars are still too expensive for this. A second car should actually cost less than the main car.
Student — Another problem is the infrastructure. I live in the Swabian Alb and there are not very many charging stations for electric cars. I’m sure more people would buy electric cars if the infrastructure was further along and if charging the car would be less expensive.