Germany to offer privileges to buyers of electrified vehicles

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 26, 2014

As part of its target of having 1 million electrified vehicles on its roads by 2020, Germany will offer drivers of battery-powered cars, fuel cell vehicles and some plug-in hybrids certain privileges like parking and the right to use bus lanes. The Environment Ministry said in a statement that a bill enabling municipalities to offer such privileges have receiving the backing of the German cabinet.

Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said in the statement that EVs will have their own labels to make them recognizable to everyone. The statement also said that hybrids that emit less than 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer or have an electric range of more than 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) are eligible for the benefits, which would take effect in spring 2015.

The target of selling 1 million EVs by the end of the decade is aimed at highlighting German’s auto-making prowess and at cutting greenhouse gas emissions to achieve climate-protection goals. The amount of carbon dioxide emitted by vehicles has dropped from 161 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2001 to 140 million metric tons in 2012.

Matthias Wissmann, president of the VDA auto industry group, remarked that the measures taken by Germany "can boost electric mobility," and has to take effect quickly and apply nationally to convince customers.

German carmakers like BMW Group, Daimler and Volkswagen Group are bound to offer 17 electric-powered models by the end of 2014 – including the BMW i3 and a Smart car electric version, according to VDA. For 2015, the carmaker will launch 12 17 electric-powered models.

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