The main factor holding back the electromobility revolution may be a simple lack of familiarity, and Daimler has come up with a brilliant idea to change that. The German automaker has partnered with the ACADEMY chain of driving schools for a pilot project that aims to make EVs an integral part of driver training.
Starting this month, five selected ACADEMY driving schools in the Stuttgart area will offer students an introduction to emission-free mobility. The idea is to integrate EVs into the driver training process and so to generate enthusiasm for electric mobility, particularly among young people.
The training addresses the theoretical elements of alternative drive systems, as well as issues such as charging time, range, acceleration characteristics, recuperation and awareness of silent EVs for other road users.
Daimler has supplied ten EVs for the program. Each driving school will get one smart fortwo electric drive and one Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, as well as a wall-mounted charging station.