Germany Approves Incentive Package For Electric Vehicles

3 years ago by Mark Kane 9

Volkswagen Golf GTE

Volkswagen Golf GTE

Plug-in registrations in Germany – August 2014

Plug-in registrations in Germany – August 2014

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.

Eligible for the new promotion will be zero emission cars (all-electric and fuel cells) and plug-in hybrids with CO2 emission below 50 g/km with minimum all-electric range of 30 km (increased to 40 km from 2018).

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.”

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid will be like bus

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.”

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9 responses to "Germany Approves Incentive Package For Electric Vehicles"

  1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

    All it took to get these incentives was for the German car manufacturers to begin selling plug-ins.

  2. mr. M says:

    This law only allows cities to do so, it’s not a must. A lot of cities already declined to open up their bus lanes (doesn’t really matter because they are so few) and add elctric parking spots. I live in one of the 10 biggest cities in germany an know only around ~2 km of Buslane here.

    I don’t think this is so great. Sure parking spots where you want to charge have to be enabled, but was already happening here. And only allowing others to be kind, doens’t means they are kind…

  3. Big Solar says:

    Porsche Panemara just like bus.

  4. GeorgeS says:

    Does this mean the piP will be excluded.??

    One can only hope.

  5. Surya says:

    Where can I get the sticker? I go to Germany each year (I leave tomorrow actually) with my EV.

  6. Spec9 says:

    Germany, you can do better than that.

    1. David Stone says:

      Much better.

      The low range of 30 km is the result of many of the pathetic offings of the national champions.

      40 km in 2018?
      The volt offered much more years ago.

  7. Stephen says:

    IMO they will regret the bus lane access unless there is a limit or sunset date

    1. Just_Chris says:

      I do hope so, laws can be changed later, it would be great to see German cities clogged with EV’s