Free Parking For Electric Vehicles Proposed In Germany
Over in Germany, where electric vehicles incentives/subsidies are rather limited, Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing the government to adopt a new scheme aimed at increasing electric vehicle uptake.
The idea, supported by a bill, “would enable municipalities to offer drivers of battery-powered cars, fuel cell vehicles and some plug-in hybrids privileges including parking and the right to use bus lanes,” according to Bloomberg.
In Norway, pure electric vehicles get access to bus lanes, though there’s some concern now that those EVs are clogging the bus routes.
Free parking is something we’ve heard linked elsewhere to EVs too.
Germany’s Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt, stated:
“Electric cars will get their own labels so they’re recognizable to everyone. Sales will rise amid an increasing selection of electric models and a growing number of e-cars on the roads.”
Germany aims to have 1 million electric vehicles on its roads by 2020. That goal won’t be met (only 21,000 were on the roads there at the start of 2014), but any changes in favor of electric vehicles will certainly push Germany closing to achieving its admittedly lofty target.