Unlimited speeds in Germany are in the hot seat. However, the electric car could certainly salvage this legacy.
Germany is not only known for its Black Forest or its sausages. It is also the temple of speed, as one of the very few countries in the world to have roads without a speed limit: the famous Autobahn. However, their future is threatened by ever faster cars, but also by obvious ecological considerations.
Because the fact is: the faster you drive, the more CO2 emissions combustion engines consume and emit. If, in addition, the Gentlemen’s Agreement sets the maximum speed for German cars at 250 km/h, other vehicles, especially sporty ones, could set a record. And it’s the very feat, filmed by a wealthy Bugatti Chiron owner spinning at 250 mph on the open road, perfectly legally (and acquitted after a few subpoenas) that set the powder ablaze.
Slower electric cars, of course
However, the electric car could certainly save the Autobahn. At least that’s what the local Minister of Transport, Volker Wissing, is implicitly pointing out: “The speed is the responsibility of every citizen, as long as the others are not in danger. The state should stop there. High energy prices are already causing many people to drive more slowly. And people don’t drive as fast with electric cars because they want to conserve their batteries.
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Indirectly, electric cars would not drive as fast on German autobahns as combustion engines and, unlike everywhere else, those that could do 130 km/h over long distances would be rare. In addition, we must not forget that, due to their technical configuration, their maximum speed is generally much lower and few references are able to aim for more than 250 km/h.