First Information on Electromobility Act Suggest that Certain Hybrid Cars May Also Benefit

Following Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt’s announcement in late March to pass an Electromobility Act this year, Handelsblatt and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) provide first information which suggest that certain hybrid cars may also benefit if the new law comes into force.

1. Special Rights for Electric and Other Eligible Cars

Electric cars shall enjoy special rights, such as access to bus lanes, priority parking and access to areas in which traffic is restricted. According to the newspapers, the ministries agreed at working level that not only pure electric cars, hydrogen-powered cars and fuel cell powered vehicles shall benefit from the new law, but also hybrid cars under the following conditions: emissions of less than 50 Gramms of CO2 per kilometer, alternatively an electric range of 30 kilometers and as of 2018 an electric range of 40 kilometers. Both papers pointed out that the ministers still have to agree.

The government aims to have one million electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020. According to data by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), registrations of new electric cars doubled in 2013 compared to 2012, rising to 6,051. On 1 January 2014 12,156 electric cars were registered. 85,575 cars had a hybrid-drive.

2. Further Steps

In a second step Minister Dobrindt wanted to include provisions on the expansion of the charging infrastructure, FAZ writes. Besides a decision shall be made whether or not to give incentives to buy, the papers says, mentioning that the German National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE) had suggested to encourage companies to buy electric cars for their fleet by giving them the right to extra depreciation.

In a third step provisions on support programmes for R&D and programmes by the state-owned KfW development bank that promote the purchase of electric cars by granting loans at reduced rates of interest shall be included in the bill, FAZ also writes.

Source: Handelsblatt; Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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