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Germany | kfz betrieb | 22. Juli 2015

"It will take longer than 2020, but the future belongs to e-mobility"

Thomas Becker, Associate Director for Automotive and Mobility at Arthur D. Little, has little doubt that electric vehicles will form the future of mobility. Nevertheless, he is pessimistic about the governmental goal of 1 million electric cars on German roads by 2020. Currently Germany is far behind its own ambitions. Becker points out that other nations such as Norway, the Netherlands and China have experienced a national e-mobility boom due to lavish public subsidies and incentives. German customers are restricted by the high costs of electric cars. Lack of infrastructure and low coverage also prevent a breakthrough.
Nevertheless, Becker is optimistic that the advantages of electric cars will soon lead to an increase in urban areas. Lately private investors have started to expand the infrastructure. Even though this might also be a good marketing strategy for discounters such as Aldi, Becker still believes in their function as role models. A better public infrastructure is the key to greener mobility. Furthermore, Becker is confident that new technologies are going to improve the opportunities for electronic cars. Recently several fuel cell cars were launched that may offer advantages over longer distances because of their higher range.

UK | Consultancy UK | 15. Juli 2015

Arthur D. Little: Gulf between Promised Solar Capacity

This article about the potential of the Gulf region to adopt solar energy is based on Arthur D. Little’s report, “GCC Solar Energy: Turning Plans into Reality.” The region has the means, particularly all-day sunshine, to harness solar energy, but it has a long way to go, according to the article. Countries across the Gulf region, particularly Saudi Arabia, have announced big plans to tap solar energy, but few of these plans have come to fruition. The report authors say the region needs government backing, clear roles between players, well-defined policy initiatives, and strong R&D efforts to move the plans into reality.

UK | Computer Weekly | 15. Juli 2015

Nordic Region has Most Connected “Things” Per Person

This article about the strong influence of the Nordic region on the development of the Internet of Things and Industrial Internet of Things draws heavily from Arthur D. Little’s “Connected Things” report, published jointly with TeliaSonera. The report puts the region in a top position to take advantage of opportunities generated by the IoT, citing the Nordics’ high Internet penetration, stable regulatory environment, vibrant user community, and four-to-one ratio of connected things per person compared with the rest of the world. The fastest-growing segments of the IoT in the Nordics are connected people, connected things, and connected buildings.

UK | Financial Times | 10. Juli 2015

Telecoms groups invest in data networks to underpin consolidation

In this article about telecoms companies moving to updating their network technology to meet the demand for super-fast broadband, Arthur D. Little’s joint report with Bell Labs, “Reshaping the Future with NFV and SDN” is quoted. The report predicts that demand for super-fast broadband will drive telecoms revenues, but that telecoms companies need to invest in those networks. This is particularly important when moving from switch-based networks to IP networks. Modernizing networks could save European telecoms companies €14bn per year, as well as €25bn per year in cutting operating costs, according to the report. Jesus Portal, partner at ADL, is quoted confirming this – it will not be easy for the European telecoms industry to bring networking into the cloud era, but the rewards will be significant.

UK | Reuters | 07. Juli 2015

Germany Clinches Coal Deal after Months of Squabbling

Arthur D. Little partner Matthias von Bechtolsheim is quoted in this article about the German government’s plans to abandon a levy on coal-fired power plants but reduce brown-coal power production. von Bechtolsheim says that power stations are important for ensuring power supply in winter, and that some plants may have been closed up for good with Germany’s movement toward increased renewable energy. According to the article, many experts, such as those at ADL, believe that levying coal plants may push energy production into other European countries.

Germany | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | 24. Juni 2015

Interview – “Onshore wind energy and solar energy will become predominant forces’

The German “Energiewende” is a signature project of the German federal government. It includes not only the reduction of CO2 emissions, but also a nuclear phase-out. Furthermore, Germany will no longer rely on coal-fired power. Heating, electric power and mobility are the three backbones of the Energiewende. Matthias von Bechtolsheim, Partner at Arthur D. Little’s Energy & Utilities Practice in Frankfurt, gave insight into the future of the German energy market regarding the challenges of the Energiewende. He also classifies the EU CO2 policy and the German dependency on Russian natural gas as prevailing future market trends. Bechtolsheim points out that the success of the Energiewende project relies on the right political measures and incentives.

Germany | Rheinische Post | 19. Juni 2015

E-mobility – the spark is missing

The German national conference for e-mobility underlined once more the national goal of having 1 million electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020. The German government has suggested purchase incentives that could initiate the breakthrough of the new technology. The speakers admitted that the goal of 1 million cars was ambitious. Nevertheless, they maintain that objective. Thomas Becker, an automobile expert at Arthur D. Little, points out that the German market is extremely price sensitive. German car buyers calculate the price-performance ratio very carefully. Electric cars are still more expensive than those with combustion engines.

Becker believes that it will take more than an ecological idea to convince German buyers. Nevertheless, he points out that infrastructure and technology have improved a lot within recent years. Still, a bigger number of electric cars will be required to spread the e-mobility infrastructure. Becker believes that monetary incentives will help the new technology to escape from that vicious circle. Company cars may be a particular key for achieving a sustainable breakthrough for e-mobility.

UK | Renewable Energy Focus | 15. Juni 2015

GCC Solar Energy: Turning plans into reality

This online feature article is adapted from Arthur D. Little’s recent Viewpoint on reviving momentum that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has lost in past years for developing solar energy technology in the region. The GCC has one of the highest rates of insolation, and therefore huge potential to benefit from solar energy as its primary energy source. Almost all of the countries in the GCC have declared plans for significant solar energy initiatives – particularly Saudi Arabia, with its goals of implementing 41GW of solar energy over the long term.

However, the high ambition across the region appears to have lapsed since the various announcements in recent years. The article talks about key areas affecting the progress, including policy support, implementation vehicles, industrial strategy and participation of the private sector in the initiatives, as well as R&D, human capital development and investment funding.

UK | The Sunday Times | 15. Juni 2015

Rise of the Machines

In this feature article about the rise of machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, Arthur D. Little is quoted predicting that 21 million connected devices will be used in homes in offices in the Nordics by 2017, including 45% of vehicles. M2M technology in vehicles will enhance the safety and reliability of those vehicles, as well as make them more environmentally friendly.

UK | European Communications | 15. Juni 2015

Big Data survey: Telcos split on role of CDO as reality doesn’t match the hype

In this feature article about whether telcos should hire a chief data officer (CDO) to manage their Big Data strategies, Arthur D. Little manager Vikram Gupta is quoted on his views that organizations should embrace this new job description. He says that a CDO dedicated to mining, analyzing and management of data, as well as coordinating its use across the organization, is important for tapping the power of Big Data. ADL principal Shinichi Akayama is also quoted, stating how a lot of unrealistic hype has been created around Big Data and its monetary value to telcos, as payoffs from exploiting Big Data do not come easy. He warns that organizations will need to expect a lot of work once a Big Data platform has been introduced. However, he believes embracing Big Data as a strategy will help the operations of the organization considerably.