There has to be significantly more state funding for battery-driven mobility in Germany so that it could achieve its target of having 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020, according to a group of experts from automakers and unions as well as from the science and politics sectors.
The report published on Monday said that a maximum of 600,000 electric cars could be sold in Germany, the largest economy in Europe, by the end of the decade without having to resort to additional spending. At a news conference last Wednesday, Economy Minister Philipp Roesler said that the government has promised to spend for federal research on electric vehicles, according to Reuters.
The plans include additional steps like granting 10 years exemption from vehicle tax to owners who purchase their fossil fuel-free cars before December 31, 2015. Roesler said that he wouldn’t rely on expectations for more government aid, saying that it isn’t right to enter the market with subsidies. He explained that making cars and setting up the recharging infrastructure should be accomplished by the companies and not by the government.
The factors that have hindered the popularity of electric vehicles include high battery costs, limited range and infrastructure. Volkswagen is planning to launch an electric version of its Up subcompact in 2013. This is the same year that BMW is set to present its electric-powered i3.