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Merkel, Carmakers Hope To Jump-Start E-Cars

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  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Poor sales of electric vehicles mean that Germany is unlikely to achieve its goal of 1 million e-cars on the road by 2020.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Ms. Merkel is planning to meet the heads of Audi, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen on February 2 to review the government’s plans.
    • Germany’s politicians disagree over how to encourage people to buy pricy electric and hybrid vehicles.
    • Buyer incentives and a proposal to increase the number of e-vehicles in government fleets are among the suggested incentives.
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Angela Merkel is planning to meet the heads of Germany’s leading car companies to discuss the government’s faltering e-mobility initiative, Handelsblatt has learned.

The chancellor will sit down with executives from Audi, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen on February 2 to review her government’s increasingly ambitious plan to put 1 million electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020, sources familiar with the matter told Handelsblatt.

The move follows the cancellation on Monday of a meeting to discuss e-mobility between state secretaries and the heads of the governing coalition.

Politicians and carmakers disagree over how to encourage people to buy the pricy electric and hybrid vehicles. Automakers and members of the center-left Social Democrat Party, the junior coalition partner, are calling for financial incentives for buyers. But the chancellor’s conservative Christian Democratic Union is against the idea.

 

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