“Everyone should have the right to live without their own car”

By 2030, 15 million electric cars are to be driving on German roads – that is the plan of the federal government. From the point of view of mobility expert Katja Diehl, this goal is unrealistic. “The traffic turnaround has in Germany not even started yet,” she says in the current episode of the Handelsblatt Disrupt podcast with editor-in-chief Sebastian Matthes.

But instead of investing further in e-mobility, for example in charging infrastructure, the activist calls for new concepts to be developed for car-free cities. “Everyone should have the right to lead a life without their own car,” says Diehl.

She describes what life in car-free cities looks like and drafts a mobility concept for rural regions where people can do without their own car even if they are not connected to public transport.

Diehl has been fighting for the traffic turnaround for 15 years. She most recently became known as the author of the bestseller “AutoCorrection” and through her podcast “She Drives Mobility”, in which she talks to experts about the turnaround in traffic and its social implications. “Most of the time it’s external constraints that make people get into the car,” she says. “They would gladly do without it if they could.”

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