Germany Weighs Additional Measures To Support Electric Cars
Germany aims to have 1 million EVs on its roads by the end of 2020, and Chancellor Angela Merkel is supposed to make supporting decisions by the end of this year.
“Germany will have no choice but to offer further support (for electric cars) although we’ve already done some things. We will once again study all instruments of support that are also available internationally.”
On top of a lack of EV incentives (Germany has mostly refused to offer electric car incentives so far to the public), and a substandard charging network, there were only ~ 19,000 EVs sold in Germany in 2014. So, it is clear that there will need to be quite a few measures put in place to boost that up dramatically.
Daimler CEO, Dieter Zetsche adds in that the European Union has to cut the fleet emissions to 95 grams / km, and it can’t be done without a “considerable” amount of EVs. He further says that there should be some sort of “temporary start-up fund(ing)” to kick-start EVs.
“We need some of the tools as accompanying measures by the government if we want to have a chance to achieve the 1 million (sales) goal.”
We hope to have further reports on Germany’s progress and new initiatives towards the end of 2015.