Germany Approves Incentive Package For Electric Vehicles
On September 24 the German government passed a new law to promote electromobility. The law will enable parking privileges and permission to use bus lanes plus some special transit access.
The law should come into effect in early 2015 and if nothing changes, it will stay in effect for 15 years.
Green cars will get in Germany a new special identification via their number plates, while foreigners must settle for a sticker.
“Cars approved outside the country are also expected to be given certain benefits. Because they cannot receive a German number plate, the legislation says they will be identified by a special sticker. This is meant to ensure that electric vehicles can be easily recognised in traffic by police and others on the road.”
“The law will also give municipalities the possibility to reserve parking spaces at charging stations for electric vehicles as well as provide free parking.”
“Local authorities can also dole out special access and transit passes (in areas sensitive to air or noise pollution) as well as opening bus lanes for appropriately labeled vehicles, when conditions allow. Final decisions, however, are in the hands of the relevant traffic control authorities.”
The new law is just the federal tool, with all decisions being made by municipalities (at least that’s how we understand it).
The auto industry is pleased by this new promotion because this gives them a chance to sell more plug-in cars. However, environmentalists seems unhappy.
For example, criticized is access to bus lanes. Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) national managing director Leif Miller stated:
“A growing number of cyclists is already forced to share the narrow lane with buses. According to the government’s intentions, a Porsche Cayenne with an electric power range of 30 km will be allowed drive in these bus lanes.”