Government Adopts EUR 500m Electromobility Plan

On 18 August 2009 the German Federal Cabinet (German Government) adopted the National Electromobility Development Plan.  It aims at one million electric cars being driven in Germany by 2020.  The plan shall help to advance research and development, market preparation and introduction of battery powered cars in Germany.

“It is a dream that can be turned into reality: private transport without emissions”, said Federal Minister of Economics Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.  After the combustion engine has been in existence for well over one hundred years, electromobility suggests a turn of a new technological era.

The electrification of the engine is the main parameter for a mobility of the future.  It offers the chance to reduce emissions as well as the dependency on oil.  By promoting electromobility, the Federal Cabinet continues its “away from oil” strategy.  In connection with renewable energies, the plan makes a significant contribution to implementing the climate protection goals of the Federal Government.  It is also important to see electromobility in context with the Fuel Strategy and the Hightech Strategy of the Federal Government.

The Cabinet assumes that the first plug-in hybrid cars and pure electric cars will be ready for market launch in a few years time.  As yet battery recharge facilities have to be established gradually and initially as local clusters.  The high costs and the short battery life and driving range still prevent a broad market introduction.

Due to existing technological and economical challenges, the Government assumes it will probably take another ten years until electric cars will have a significant market share.   Promotion of the new mobility concept by the Second Economic Stimulus Package shall act as a catalyst for further research.  “We will get electromobility out of its market niche into the broad market”, Federal Minister of Transport Wolfgang Tiefensee said.

The implementation of the National Plan on Electromobility calls for close cooperation between all parties involved: politics, industry, science, municipalities and consumers.  They shall meet in the National Electromobility Initiative.

Source: Bundesregierung and Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung