Joachim Burghartz is the director of the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (IMS Chips) and the former director of Dimes at Delft University of Technology.


I dream of electromobility

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What do Stuttgart and Delft have in common? Underground train stations, of course, but let’s not talk about these questionable ideas. Let’s talk about the daily traffic jams. The metropolitan area of Stuttgart houses 5.3 million people, many of whom commute over long distances every day between home and work. In Delft – or, even better, the Randstad – this applies to some 8 million people.

Their reasons are diverse. First of all, housing costs are ever-increasing, forcing people to live far outside the city centers where they work. Secondly, public transport has been too unreliable and too expensive to be widely accepted. In the Netherlands, there’s an alternative: a well-developed bicycle infrastructure due to the flat landscape. Something we can only dream of in hilly Stuttgart.

But Baden-Württemberg as the first German state governed by a green party has taken on the challenge. The situation in the city of Stuttgart is difficult as the level of pollution is high. The sources of fine dust include exhausts from diesel cars but also from trucks serving the construction sites of the underground train station. The city has taken countermeasures by setting up fences covered with moss and special stationary vacuum cleaners to capture the particles. Their effectiveness is questionable, though.

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