Chancellor Merkel Reaffirms Electromobility Target

At a meeting with German industry and science representatives regarding the status of electromobility in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed the government’s electromobility targets. The targest shall make Germany a leading market for electric cars and a leading supplier of  electromobility technology, with one million electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020.

Mrs Merkel acknowledged that it was not easy to reach the electromobility goal. At the beginning of 2012 some 4,500 electric cars were registered.  It was, however, wrong to “give up now”, Mrs Merkel said. There were still eight years until 2020 in which leaps in technology in the dynamic electromobility sector could very well occur. Mrs Merkel pointed out that Germany had pooled its know-how in 2010 in the National Electromobility Initiative (Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität – NPE), a committee consisting of representatives from the industry, sciences, politics and various organisations that makes proposals for advancing electromobility in Germany. 

Mrs Merkel rejected calls made prior to the meeting to promote the purchase of electric cars by giving government grants, as countries like France and the United States do. Instead she reaffirmed the government’s commitment to allocate EUR one billion for R&D. She also stressed that the tax incentives for electric cars and electric company cars shall be improved, saying the respective bills were currently being debated in the German Bundestag (Parliament) and should be adopted until the end of the year.

Source: Chancellor Angela Merkel; Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development; Handelsblatt

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