Initiative ‘Prepares Novice Drivers for a Future of Electric Mobility’
Germany’s Daimler and its Mercedes-Benz unit have launched a driver education initiative focused on electric vehicles. Working with Stuttgart’s Academy driving schools, the manufacturer seeks to make EVs an integral part of driver training.
“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,” Daimler says.
“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.”
Solving a European Drivers’ Ed Challenge
The initiative is also designed to make the first experience of driving significantly easier for learners, Daimler says: “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.”
Such issues as “charging time, range, acceleration characteristics, recuperation and the awareness of the silent electric vehicles for other road users” will also be addressed.
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