World Electric Car Day: ABB sees children behind the wheel in e-mobility – electromobility (e-mobility), charging infrastructure, analysis and research (economics in general) | News | VISION mobility

According to a study commissioned by ABB E-mobility on the occasion of “World EV Day”, children not only educate their parents about environmental issues and also stimulate discussions about the transition to electromobility. The study involved 2,500 parents (with children aged 8 to 16) and 2,500 children (aged 8 to 16). 250 parents and children from each of ABB E-Mobility’s ten largest markets were surveyed: Canada, China, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. According to the study, children play a crucial role when it comes to reducing pollutants and creating a sustainable future.

“Our global survey shows not only the enthusiasm and determination of young people, but also the increasing dialogue and efforts for a low-carbon future across all generations. This makes me particularly happy on World EV Day,” comments Frank Mühlon, CEO of ABB E-mobility, the results.

But it is also clear that many people do not yet feel able to take these steps, which they are clearly ready to take, Mühlon continued. Parents and children agree on the current environmental situation: Almost eight out of ten adults (79.2%) and three quarters of children (73.6%) rate the current global situation as bad. The sentence in Germany is even worse. Nine out of ten adults (89.4%) and eight out of ten children (78.6%) rate the current situation in Germany as bad or very bad.

Make parents more environmentally conscious

Environmental protection is certainly an issue for the families surveyed: 58.1 percent of legal guardians stated that they had developed greater environmental awareness thanks to their children. In Germany, every other person says that. Electric mobility is also regularly discussed at home. About two-thirds of all children surveyed (67.4%) discuss the purchase of an electric car with their parents at least every few months, about half even once a month or more often (49.7%). In Germany, six out of ten families discuss buying an electric vehicle, more than one in three families at least once a month.

Voice with emphasis: Parents listen to their children

The children’s voice seems to have weight. Almost 80 percent of children worldwide (79.6%) and in Germany (77.6%) believe they have an influence on important household decisions – such as buying an electric car. Perhaps this is why 78.6 percent of parents (in Germany: 72.6%) are considering buying a fully electric or hybrid car if they need a new car within the next three years. For comparison: In a survey conducted by ADAC SE among adults, 53 percent of all respondents who plan to buy a private car within the next three years said they wanted to buy an electric or hybrid car.

68 percent of all children are happy at the thought of driving electric themselves later, especially in China (94.6 percent). Although the expectation in Germany is somewhat more restrained (55.8%), the majority of children in this country are also sure that they will drive fully electric or at least hybrid later (71%). Electromobility also plays a role in choosing a home: almost eight in ten parents (78.3%) said they would be more likely to decide to buy a property if it had a charging station – such as ABB’s Terra AC Wallbox – would have installed. In Germany it is at least two thirds and in China with 98 percent almost all parents questioned.

Employers rarely support e-mobility

The adults especially see potential for optimization in their employers. Almost half of respondents (48%) indicated that their employer’s company policy does not support a shift to e-mobility. In the car country of Germany, this proportion is even higher (56.6%). The International Energy Agency (IEA) assumes that by 2030, 30 percent of vehicles sold worldwide will be electric vehicles. Charging at home and at work is expected to be critical to meeting much of the overall demand. The number of public charging stations is expected to increase ninefold to over 15 million by the end of the decade.

As part of its 2030 sustainability strategy, supplier ABB has committed to electrifying its entire global fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles by the end of the decade. In the past year alone, the number of charging stations installed at the company’s own locations has increased by almost 100 percent from 545 to 1,082. These are distributed worldwide at 146 locations in 27 countries. As early as 2021, electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) accounted for 44 percent of new car orders from ABB worldwide, according to the manufacturer.

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