The automotive sector faces considerable challenges: Punitive tariffs on steel imports, tyre abrasion as a cause of microplastic, emission standards for diesel vehicles and new players entering the market. At the same time, the recycling of materials with limited availability is entering into focus in the public debate with regard to electromobility. The mining of these materials is not only cost-intensive but also has a negative impact on humans and the environment. Some of these challenges, however, also affect alternative mobility solutions such as e-bikes, street scooters or trains.
It is no longer enough to just increase energy efficiency and treat downcycling as recycling. An intelligent and real circular economy with climate-positive business models needs to be developed. This advancement of innovations needs to trigger a rethinking of the existing processes in the automotive and mobility sector.