Weekly Newsletter: November 16, 2018

December 15, 2018

This Week’s Highlights

Tuesday Speaker: Mr. Joachim Wedler, President of Audi China
Topic: Implications of the Battery Electric Vehicle Strategy in China


steer the mobility in the megacities in China is a tough challenge.
More and more people want to live in the cities in the next decade.

Today the traffic situation in the big cities is already a mass. The
negative impact on the air quality due to the emissions of the cars and
trucks is substantial.

To reduce the air pollution the Chinese Government has already announced
challenging targets to reduce fuel consumption: From a 2018 target 6.0 l
to 4.0 l fuel consumption target in average for each new registered car
in 2025.

To push the sales of BEV is a proper measurement to reduce the air
pollution in the cities and to achieve the fuel consumption targets of
the Government. The automotive industry is committed to fulfill these

The implications of this Battery Vehicle Strategy are manifold:

  • Customer demand today is poor.
  • The
    requests of the customers have to be fulfilled in future: longer range
    and easy access to charging infrastructure, improving the cost of
    ownership for the customer by reducing costs and sales prices.
  • The
    sales are actually subsidized or supported with better access to number
    plates etc. If the customer requirements can be fulfilled the BEV car
    market will change from the actual push market to a pull market driven
    by the customer in the next 4-6 years.
  • The
    automotive industry today does not earn money by selling BEVs.
    Additional innovations are necessary to optimize the battery cell
    technology and to reduce material cost.
  • The supply of the needed raw materials for the Lithium Ion Battery has to be secured.

From an ecological point of view the following facts have to be considered:

  • BEVs are local emission free.
  • To produce the BEVs especially the battery more energy is needed in comparison to produce a combustion engine car.
  • The energy to charge the battery should be supplied from green sources.
  • Fuel
    cell technology is local emission free too, but if the whole process
    chain is considered, fuel cell used for automobiles is not a green
    technology at all.


  • BEVs are a proper measurement to reduce fuel consumption and emissions especially in the big cities.
  • The most likely scenario shows that in 2025 1/3 of the new registered cars in China will be BEVs.
  • BEVs are only local emission free.
  • Charging should be done with green energy to improve the CO2 balance.

News from the Board
Youth work is an essential part of Rotary. Under the standard
constitution, a dedicated committee has to be established in each Rotary
Club. Our club has sponsored the charter of two Rotaract Clubs, Beijing
West and Sanlitun, and engaging with them has been one of our
priorities throughout, with fellow Rotarian Gilbert providing valuable
and much appreciated input.
Last Wednesday, upon the initiative of Youth Chair Christoph, Membership
Chair Daniel R. and I had a very useful and inspiring 2.5 hour
“on-boarding” session with board members of the two Rotaract Clubs.
Topics of discussion were related to governance and closer cooperation
as well as to project management and membership retention.
The Rotaract Clubs are helping with activities concerning migrants’
children and the collection and distribution of secondhand clothes to
people in need. Their graphic design skills might also help enhance our
club’s communication efforts.
They would be happy to welcome any of us at their meetings. If you would
like to get involved, please contact Youth Chair Christoph.
President Martin


Upcoming Speaker
Jürgen Kracht, Chairman Fiducia Management Consultants, will be a
speaker at our lunch meeting on Tue, Nov 20. A veteran of trade and
investment in China and an Investment Promotion Ambassador for the Hong
Kong government, he will talk about the business implications of the
Greater Bay Area.

Call for Nominations of the Club Officers and Board Members for the Rotary Year 2019-20
In accordance with the Bylaws of the Rotary Club of Beijing, members of the Rotary Club of Beijing are all invited to nominate candidates for club directors and officers for the next Rotary Year (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). The following positions are to be filled:

  • Club Secretary
  • Board Director and Treasurer
  • Board Director and Chair of Membership Committee
  • Board Director and Chair of Service Project Committee
  • Board Director and Chair of Foundation Committee
  • Board Director and Chair of Youth Services Committee
  • Board Director and President Elect (President for 2020-21)

note that Jonathan Schoo, currently President Elect, will be President
for the Year 2019-2020. President Martin Glatz will automatically be a
member of the next Board as Immediate Past President.

Please, submit your nominations until Tuesday, November 27 in writing to admin@rotaryclub-beijing.org.

Nominations will be voted on at the club’s Annual Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 12:30-14:00, Kempinski Hotel.

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