Free Parking For Electric Vehicles Proposed In Germany

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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.

Source: Bloomberg

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10 responses to "Free Parking For Electric Vehicles Proposed In Germany"

  1. vadik_veselovsky says:

    Why do you say “this goal won’t be met”? Till 2020 there can be a number of EV avalanches even, or for that matter, especially in Germany.

    1. Lustuccc says:

      Without the omnipresent pressures from Big Oil, they already would have 1 000 000 EVs
      and used internal combustion cars would sell very badly.

  2. Chris O says:

    I’m sure if Germany gets serious about reducing oil addiction at some point it will do what needs to be done: reduce the price premium of plug-ins. Just some parking privileges is not going to cut it.

  3. Mikael says:

    95 g/km by 2020. That means that basically every other sold car in Germany needs to be a plug-in. Even with a lot of BEV’s we are looking at 30-40% plug-ins to reach those levels.

    That is somewhere between 1 million and 1,5 million plug-ins sold…in Germany… anually… by 2020.

    1. Cavaron says:

      I wouldn’t say so (but truly hope so)…

      Europeans have their own (a very forgiving one like the NEFC) standard test for CO2 emissions called ECE. According to ECE, most smal class cars already pass the 95g/km. Gas Smart has like 89g/km, LNG VW Up has something in the 50ish g/km.

      Take a look:

      And it is not like every car has to have <95g/km. It's calculated over all sold cars per manufacturer. So for every sold 50g/km LNG car, you can sell a 140g/km SUV. And the EU in all their wiseness (and a little pushing from Germany) made EVs count times 4. Like one sold BEV allows a manufacturer to sell four 190g/km SUVs. At least that's some kind of ZEV-Credit/CARB-regulation, just forced to the manufacturers (to their benefit IMHO, otherwise they had no motivation to get more efficient, which is benefitial not for them, they just want sales, but for the whole economy).

      1. Mikael says:

        I have looked at the rules, looked at the cars sold in Germany and what they emit and what Germans buy and then made the calculations.
        I’m fairly confident in puting 30% plug-ins as a minimum level for Germany, at least by 2022 (to play it safe ;).

        The supercredits are only allowed to move the limit by a maximum of 7,5 grams. So they would still need to get down to 102,5 grams without any supercredits.
        So the supercredits are not worthless but they are not helping the manufacturers much. And it’s a three year faseout (factor 2 in 2020, 1,66 in 2021 and 1,33 in 2022 and nothing after that).

        The cars the germans prefer:
        Rank 2013 Brand and Model
        1 VW GOLF, JETTA
        2 VW PASSAT
        3 BMW 3SERIES
        4 VW POLO
        5 AUDI A3, S3, RS3
        6 VW TIGUAN
        7 BMW 1SERIES
        9 OPEL ASTRA
        10 OPEL CORSA
        11 SKODA OCTAVIA
        13 AUDI A4, S4, RS4
        14 VW TOURAN
        15 FORD FOCUS
        17 FORD FIESTA
        18 BMW 5SERIES
        19 VW UP

        So the germans have the choice to move to smaller cars, smaller engines and “wierd” fuels or just basically keep the big cars and engines that they love and make the cars PHEV’s instead.

        And to give something to compare it to. In Norway in August the average was 107 g/km. So still pretty far from 102,5 g/km and even further from 95 g/km.
        And then they bought 15,2% BEV’s, 1,2% PHEV’s and 24% was tiny cars like Yaris/Auris/Up and the most of the rest was fairly small and light too.

        They have once been under the 102,5 g/km average and that was in March when they had that sick 22,6% BEV’s month +mostly small cars for the rest. Then they reached 101 g/km.

        So either Germany will have to go at least 23% BEV + starting to like cars like Toyota Yaris and Renault Clio and Citroen C1. Which is as likely as them making it mandatory to learch french from kindergarten.

        The other option is basically to go 50+% PHEV by 2020, or maybe 10-15% BEV + 25-30% PHEV.

  4. Spec9 says:

    You can do better than that, Germany. Provide a real tax-incentive.

    Germany should really work on a V2G system. A fleet of well-managed EVs can really help with their renewable heavy grid system.

  5. Just_Chris says:

    I really don’t understand why the government in Germany aren’t more behind plugin’s. Germany has no major oil reserves or any major oil companies. I am hoping with a lot more German plugin vehicles coming on stream now, that things will change dramatically. I suspect it will come via heavy taxation and banning of the more polluting technology rather than money on the hood for EV’s but who knows.

    I’d love to see it via an extension/modification to the feed in tariff to allow EV owner to buy low and sell high via V2G.

    1. Spec9 says:

      Germany has a huge industry building ICE cars with BMW, Daimler-Benz, and Vw/Audi/Porsche.

      They are probably a bit reluctant to give up that industry where they are well-known and dominate for a new Electric vehicle industry. But they are finally realizing that they have to change or fall behind. BMW, Daimler-Benz, and Vw/Audi/Porsche now all have large plug-in vehicle programs with each company having multiple different plug-in vehicles on sale or on the way.

  6. Ryan says:

    cincinnati has free parking for EVs in city owned garages, lots and metered parking