Additional govt spending will help Germany get 1 million EVs on the road by 2020

Article by Christian A., on June 26, 2012

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.

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.

Being a world-renowned maker of premium vehicles didn’t stop the BMW Group to venture into a pioneering and groundbreaking function as a game-changer in the arena of future personal mobility. The BMW Group has been conducting r&d work since 2007 as part of the so-called Project i. This r&d work has become the primary basis of sustainable mobility solutions, as influenced by environmental, economic and social changes happening around the globe.

Through its new BMW i brand, the Group is going in for an integrated approach to attain the needed balance between future global mobility requirements and the needs of individual customers. BMW i has made a commitment to create new groundbreaking vehicles and mobility services through a more sustainable manner. This commitment has resulted to the creation of BMW i3, which is bound to become the first series-produced model from the new BMW I brand, offering a great blend of premium luxury and emission-free mobility.

According to BMW, the new BMW i3 is the first premium car in the world that was designed -- from the ground up -- to have a core served by an electric drive system. This led to an emission-free luxury vehicle that offers BMW’s signature driving pleasure as achieved without having to produce harmful emissions. BMW Group developed a number of core elements for the new i3 through its BMW eDrive program.

These core elements include its distinct platform derived from the LifeDrive structure its passenger cell made from CFRP. Other elements developed through the BMW eDrive program include an aluminum module that contains its electric motor, power electronics and high-voltage lithium-ion battery. These core elements – all developed independently – ensure that BMW's Sheer Driving Pleasure remains a central attribute of the new BMW i3.

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