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.