The commercial vehicle and logistics trade fair IAA Transportation in Hanover opened to the public on Tuesday. More than 1400 exhibitors from 42 countries will be presenting their innovations in the Lower Saxony state capital by Sunday. Central topics are climate protection, alternative drives, digital networking and concepts for the growing delivery traffic in cities. The head of the automotive industry association VDA, Hildegard Müller, opened the industry meeting together with Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) and Hanover's Mayor Belit Onay (Greens).
Müller again called on politicians to lower the electricity tax to the minimum level permitted throughout the EU. In general, the German tax and duty system is "not internationally competitive," she criticized. With regard to the debate about temporary reserve capacities of the remaining nuclear power plants, she said: "In the current situation, every opportunity must be used."
Weil said it was a good sign that the commercial vehicle IAA had expanded into a more comprehensive mobility trade fair that addressed climate protection efforts more holistically: "This courage was worth it." The energy crisis brings additional pressure to act: "I think we have to be wide awake to ensure that the industry remains competitive in this sensitive situation."