Driving Schools In Germany Switch To Electric Drive

APR 23 2015 BY MARK KANE 16

Daimler introduces electric mobility in driving schools: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and smart fortwo electric drive

Daimler introduces electric mobility in driving schools: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and smart fortwo electric drive

Sign of times is that some of the new drivers will begin their adventure with cars in electric cars.

In Stuttgart, Daimler, together with ACADEMY Holding AG, is launching a pilot initiative with 10 EVs in five driving schools.

Five electric smarts and B-Class Electric Drives will be the first step on the road to getting a driving license. After a few lessons, new drivers will then switch to conventional cars with combustion engine and manual transmission to continue training.

Without a doubt it will be easier to begin training from an EV instead of a car that requires gear changes.

“Drawing on the maxim “electric mobility is something you can learn”, Daimler AG and the ACADEMY Holding AG are launching a pilot project with five selected ACADEMY driving schools in the wider Stuttgart area, with the aim of making electric vehicles an integral part of driver training. Kick-off for the project will be on April 10 at the Mercedes-Benz sales and service outlet in Stuttgart, in the presence of the Mayor of Stuttgart, Fritz Kuhn. Driving instructors, educational experts and business representatives will discuss the issue of “Electric mobility in driving schools in the context of current driving licence regulations”.

From April, the driving schools will be offering learner drivers a simple and timely introduction to today’s world of locally emission-free mobility. The specially developed training concept is unparalleled in the way it tackles every aspect of electric mobility, focusing as it does on gaining familiarity and experience, as well as on the correct way to handle and work with alternative drive systems. The aim of the initiative is to integrate electric vehicles into the driver training process and so to generate enthusiasm for electric mobility, particularly among young people.

The initiative is also designed to make the first experience of driving significantly easier for learners. Instead of spending their first driving lessons having to concentrate on the gear changes in a manual vehicle, they will begin with an electric vehicle – thanks to its automatic transmission there is no need to use the clutch or change gear, allowing learner drivers to focus on what’s important: the traffic. Once they have acquired a certain level of routine in their driving, they continue learning on a manual vehicle with a combustion engine. By taking this approach, learner drivers are able to qualify with a full Class B or BF17 passenger car driving licence and, in addition, receive the eDriverLicence.”

Daimler introduces electric mobility in driving schools: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and smart fortwo electric drive

Daimler introduces electric mobility in driving schools: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and smart fortwo electric drive

Daimler introduces electric mobility in driving schools: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and smart fortwo electric drive

Daimler introduces electric mobility in driving schools: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and smart fortwo electric drive

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Now it is entirely possible that a person’s first learning experiences in all these types of transport may be electrically powered- skateboard, bicycle, motorcycle, car, truck, aircraft, watercraft (surface and submersible), and… if -they- ever let us have the long-hidden UFO propulsion technology, spacecraft 🙂

There is a problem with this approach, in France at least and probably in most parts of Europe.
Should you take you driving test with an automatic transmission car (or EV here), your driver’s license will not allow you to legally drive a manual transmission car, which still is, to date, the most common type of vehicles in Europe.

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As a result, I don’t see driving schools go through the burden of owning more vehicles than strictly needed. That means they’ll have to be manual transmission only.

But EVs aren’t automatic, they’re just stuck in first gear 🙂

I see your point of course. I thought my wife how to drive with a stick shift last year. Weeks after she passed the exam I sold my gasser and now we own just our EV.

You just “thought” you wife how to drive? That’s amazing! I wish I could just think my wife to do things too.

Really. I’ve been on that task for nearly twenty years, and I’m no closer that I was on Day One.

It’s the same here (Israel). Although most cars on the road are automatic transmission, most people learn on manual cars so their license isn’t restricted.

I also don’t see the point in this…
When one is learning to drive, there are a lot of new information and skills to learn.

The last thing you want is to switch the car in the middle of this process. Switching from an EV to an ICE, with completely different power delivery, feel (engine vibration), operation (regen usage) and even just switchgear location is very confusing.

Economically, having multiple types of cars
(beyond ones needed for different license tiers, obviously) is less efficient for the driving school — they can’t repurpose the EVs to be used in advanced students’ lessons and vice-versa; this means it only makes sense for large schools.

Also, over here, most traffic schools don’t own the cars — the instructors do.

It’s the same here in Sweden, so if I were taking the drivers license today, I would opt for a manual gas car. Manual gear shift is still the most common here.

However, my daughter is 3 years old now, and by the time she’ll be taking her drivers license, EV adoption should have come far enough so that the manual option to the license is unnecessary.

I’m hoping the same for my 6 y.o. twins… But I’m afraid it might take a few years after that.

“Should you take you driving test with an automatic transmission car (or EV here), your driver’s license will not allow you to legally drive a manual transmission car…”

This is why they switch to manual transmissions after a few lessons. Sheesh.

Wanted to say the same 🙂

And I bet they will hate the switch. I remember stalling the freaking engine all the time in my first two hours of driving training.

You need to read the whole article:
only the first few lessons will be in EV. After they will pass on to conventional cars.

Even so this is a stepping stone into making Drivers more prone to buy EVs in the future and consider them as their first purchase choice

Very nice, although I wouldn’t prefer either car. The Smart is so small it might create problems when switching to bigger cars later on, and the B-Class is bigger than I would prefer when learning.
And I think you should ride your entire education term in the same car. Adjusting to a new car during that period just makes it harder.

Agree, except the B-class isn’t a large car at all — it’s a compact. 4.27m long, same as the Golf, and shorter than the majority of compact sedans.

It’s larger than what I learned to drive in, and it feels larger than it is. That doesn’t help when you’re learning 🙂

The drivers education is still 99% in an ICE. The EVs are just for a taste of the good life / learning how to plug in.