E-car Quotas

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  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    After general elections in fall this year, a new government could implement additional environmental or car regulations, affecting domestic and foreign carmakers active in Germany.

  • Facts


    • Germany has pledged to put 1 million electric cars on the roads by 2020, but at the start of 2016, only 25,502 fully electric cars and 130,365 hybrids were registered.
    • The German government fears the country’s car industry might not be a key supplier in 10 or 20 years if its local producers BMW, VW, Daimler and Opel fail to successfully sell electric cars.
    • The government launched a subsidy program in May, giving e-car buyers up to €4,000, or $4,198, when they buy an electrically powered vehicle.
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Filling up, electric car style. Source: DPA

Many environmentally minded politicians share an urge to force people to do what’s good for them. In this respect, Germany’s environment minister, Barbara Hendricks, is no exception.

The center-left Social Democrat politician has clearly demonstrated this with her quotas proposal to help electro-mobility achieve a breakthrough.

The reality is sobering. All of 11,400 new electric cars made it onto the streets of Germany last year, almost 1,000 less than 2015. This shows that a breakthrough in electrically powered vehicles in Germany is as far off as a ban on gasoline-guzzling pickups in the United States.

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