Germany needs to offer more incentives to achieve EV volume target of 1 million cars

Article by Andrew Christian, on December 4, 2014

Germany will have to offer more incentives to achieve a goal of having 1 million electric cars on its streets by the end of the decade, according to Chancellor Angela Merkel. She remarked that further subsidies are necessary to achieve her bid to have 1 million EVs plying German roads by 2020.

She, however, is nowhere near that goal partly since government is hesitant to offer incentives similar to what France has been granted to its EV buyers. The incentives in France have led to sales of 14,400 EVs in 2013, while demand in Germany last year was just at around 7,600.

Matthias Wissmann, president of German auto-industry lobby VDA, noted that EV sales have surged 68 percent so far this year, Germany is yet far from being a “leading market for electromobility." He remarked that the German government needs to act" to stimulate by providing corporate tax breaks for electric cars.

Merkel’s goal is to cut emissions is being achieved by urging German carmakers to build more EVs – a category in which automakers from other parts of the world have taken the lead. VDA said that German carmakers are bound to offer 17 electric models by the end of 2014, and 12 next year.

In September, Merkel's cabinet disclosed plans to offer special privileges to electric-car buyers, even supporting a bill that allow municipalities to offer free parking and the right to use bus lanes to EV buyers. Henning Kagermann, head of the government's electric car effort, remarked that Germany has around 24,000 EVs and 4,800 charging stations.

Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt quipped that Germany will add more 400 stations at rest stops along the autobahn network.

Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive Management at the University of Applied Sciences, remarked that there is a need for a super-charger infrastructure that allows EV drivers to charge 80 percent of their batteries in 15 minutes. He added tha the government can help to set standards for plugs to allow all EV brands to use the charging stations.

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