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A million EVs in Germany by 2020? Merkel says yes

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Angela Merkel’s goal to have at least one million electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2020 is unlikely to be met without new incentives.

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Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has previously made her goal to have at least one million electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2020 quite clear, but these goals are unlikely to be met without new incentives, based on recent comments that she made at a press conference in Berlin.

Putting it relatively bluntly, Merkel stated it thusly: “There’s a lot to do. We see that further subsidies are necessary. We must speak with the German states about that.”

Tesla Model S and Opel Ampera (and other electric vehicles) in Berlin, Germany.

Part of the reason for the need for new incentives now, is down to the fact the German government has in the past “balked” at the approval of EV-incentives on a scale similar to those used in many other countries — as in France, for instance (where up to €6,300 is available to EV-buyers).

The lack of strong incentives is no doubt part of the reason that there are currently only around 24,000 EVs on Germany’s roads.

One of the incentive programs currently being considered in the country is a tax break for EVs (and other zero-emissions vehicles) that are sold specifically as company cars.

“We’re far from our goal to establish Germany as a leading market for electro-mobility,” stated Matthias Wissmann, president of German auto-industry lobby VDA. “The government needs to act on plans such as the corporate tax reduction.”

Part of Merkel’s plan to increase EV use in the country involves supporting the manufacture of EVs within the country itself — partly owing to this support, the country’s automakers will be offering 17 electric models by the end of the year, with a further 12 going on sale next year (announced so far, that is), according to the VDA.


Source: CleanTechnica. Reproduced with permission.

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  1. suthnsun 6 years ago

    We need to ‘double index’ the fuel excise and use the proceeds to pay registration for EVs. Solar charging at low cost plus free registration for first 10 years would make EVs quite attractive. (Adjust the books with fuel excise if necessary as demand grows)

    • swozzle 6 years ago

      That’s politically impossible. No Australian govt. would introduce greater petrol taxes. EVs will become attractive all on their own.

      • suthnsun 6 years ago

        Not always politically impossible obviously, import parity pricing way back, recent reintroduction of indexed fuel excise. A decent and well thought out tripartisan approach could overcome political objections. We don’t have time to wait on this as Merkel knows.

  2. disqus_3PLIicDhUu 6 years ago

    Common electric conversion and electric assist kits would aid in getting around the large built energy carbon and consumer costs of transition to clean transport.
    There are cars like the Getz, that have a standard conversion.
    There are kits that couple to an existing engine and act as a hybrid.
    This technology needs to be subsidized, as LPG was.

    I think to achieve a low emissions target at a low cost, it’s needs thinking outside the square of, ‘we must have all new vehicles’, when the GG cost in mining, manufacture and transport to consumer, in itself is high.

  3. MorinMoss 6 years ago

    That would be a miracle.
    Annual new car sales in Germany is ~3 million so EVs would have to go from not-much-greater-than-zero to ~8% of new car market almost immediately and keep or improve on that momentum for 5 yrs.

  4. john 6 years ago

    It is so obvious when we look around the world how many leaders have any connection to science.

    Here is a leader that must be listened to, Angela Merkel always speaks some sense not silly slogans the lady has this because of her training.
    As to the Australian context now if I was a young person in a secure job doing commute I would go electric without a question.

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