Decisions made late are not always the best.

And occasionally a rude awakening follows the day after.

In view of tight budgets, canceling the purchase bonus for electric cars was the right decision.

But the subsidy was only part of a pot that the traffic light coalition pushed off the stove; funding for German battery research, around 160 million euros, was also simmering in it.

Even those who don't count themselves among the knights of the Tesla circle will recognize that being able to store electricity in a small space is one of humanity's most important technical achievements.

A reliable power supply without fossil fuels is simply not conceivable without batteries.

So far, Asians, especially Chinese, have the key to this technology; three out of four lithium-ion batteries worldwide come from the Middle Kingdom.

Over the past 15 years, German research has painstakingly caught up and is now on a level playing field, emphasize scientists who are familiar with electrodes, electrolytes and electrochemistry.

Industrialization gradually begins, and everything could be so beautiful if it weren't for the evil competition.

Because anyone who pauses will fall behind, when it comes to cheaper iron phosphate and sodium ion batteries, the Asians are already ahead.

Stopping public research funding would be tantamount to capitulating in the first half of a marathon.

The fact that the research minister has now scraped together 70 million is a sign of hope, but far too little given the global competition for the best minds.

An innovative suggestion came from a Saudi company, of course completely altruistic: 160 million isn't a lot of money, you can talk about it at any time.