BMW i3

BMW i3

Strict emission regulations and long-term goals to lower CO2 emission by 95% by 2050 puts Germany on a position where only massive adoption of zero-emission cars is the solution.

According to media reports, on this path Germany could allow only the sale of zero-emission cars by 2030.

"Germany’s pledge to cut carbon dioxide output by 80 per cent to 95 per cent by 2050 will be in jeopardy unless the country radically reduces transportation pollution, said Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake. Since cars typically have a 20-year lifespan, registrations of new diesel and gasoline cars needs to be cut over the next 15 years, he said."

Transportation is responsible for abouth fifth of the country’s carbon dioxide pollution.

The first step to help plug-ins takeoff are recently launched incentives (that hopefully go into effect shortly this month after a 'failure-to-launch' moment in late May), which should increase market share from about 0.6% to somewhere above 2%.

The incentives include:

  • a subsidy of €4,000 for all-electric cars and €3,000 for plug-in hybrids
  • exemption from paying vehicle tax for ten years (previously five years)
  • reduced tax rate of 25 percent on electricity for charging electric cars at work by employees
2016 began in Germany with about 130,000 hybrid and 25,000 all-electric cars registered (~50,000 plug-ins overall), which is a tiny fraction of 30 million gasoline cars and 14.5 million diesels on the road currently.

source: The Globe and Mail