Germany Preps For Electric Car Quotas, Despite EU Floundering On The Subject
The topic of plug-in electric vehicle quotas in Europe continues to pop-up, as hard benchmarks could be used to step-by-step transform plug-in market share/control CO2 to desired levels with guaranteed results.
Officially, the EU has denied rumors about any pending quotas, but the German environment ministry believes that the European Commission will soon propose them nonetheless.
In Germany, a new election is due up in September, so we are unlikely to hear of any further developments between now and then, but all bets are off for the Fall.
“An electric car quota is likely to be unpopular among the ranks of the ruling CDU/CSU government, which faces a new election in September. German Green lawmaker Oliver Krischer has warned that Berlin would end up diluting whatever plan the Commission comes up with.
CSU transport spokesman Ulrich Lange highlighted that: “Only half a year ago we introduced a purchase premium for electric cars. Fresh demands for enforced quotas are just hectic actionism.” He said improving and expanding the charging network is more important.
But a spokeswoman for the environment ministry, which is run by the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition – said that without quotas, the EU could miss its carbon dioxide emissions targets.”
One of the reported problems in Germany is that, although consumers are increasingly turning away from the diesel, a study shows that on average, Germans expect EVs with over 450 km (280 miles) range and 30 minutes fast charge, which is hard to meet in the near-term, at least in an affordable way.