We asked Hermann how governments and politicians make sure they don’t push the auto industry too hard to go carbon-free. Electromobility is essential, but the automotive industry is always taking more time to adapt. Hermann’s response was interesting.
“Politics is about balance. Governments will push for change, but they cannot push very hard. If they are too ambitious, they can kill businesses and jobs. We need to establish a framework ambitious enough to promote change while preserving the economy. We have the political responsibility for change and we must create a sustainable transport system. “
This can be very tricky: more than half of automakers in Germany don’t have a strategy to switch to electromobility, which can cause them to disappear when it does. In addition to setting targets, the government must also understand whether these businesses are ready to survive. If they are, it should help them find a way to get there.
Hermann is affiliated with the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen political party, also known as Alliance 90 / Les Verts. When asked if he just doesn’t want to see cars, he found a witty way to express his ideas.
“We want less traffic and more mobility. Cars are necessary, but they must be used rationally. They’re great for visiting family in remote towns or on vacation trips, but you shouldn’t need them to go to your neighborhood bakery.