Greens’ win in Germany may lead to speed limits in Porsche’s home state

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 30, 2011

There may soon be a speed limit in Germany’s highways as the Greens party convincingly won in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg (which is where Porsche SE and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz unit are based). This is also the state where the first gasoline-powered automobile was patented in 1886 by Carl Benz.

In the regional election, the Greens helped beat Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition on a platform that includes a speed limit to cut vehicle emissions of 120 kilometers per hour (74.6 miles per hour) -- less than half the maximum speed of a recent Porsche model.

Currently, about 65% of the state's highways have no speed limit. On the Greens’ Web site, Winfried Kretschmann (who will soon be the Greens' first state premier) said that traffic in Baden-Wuerttemberg produces about 30% to carbon-dioxide emissions.

He added that the transportation sector “has to make a contribution of its own” to decrease the harm to the environment, says Autonews. Having an Autobahn speed limit is only one of the measures that are believed to have an impact on the auto industry.

Among the plans that the Greens have for the auto industry are highly efficient engines, cars that use less gasoline, and the presentation of city tolls and tax breaks for environmentally friendly vehicles. Set to go on sale this month is Porsche’s Boxster S Black Edition, which is priced at 63,400-euro ($89,300) and has a top speed of 276 kilometers per hour. Spokesman Dirk Erat declined to comment on the results of the elections.

Topics: porsche, germany

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