Electric Cars

Unplugged in Berlin

German Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka stands on the balcony of her office at her ministry’s new location in Berlin. Source: dpa
German Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka stands on her office balcony in Berlin.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Germany has been missing interim targets on its way to the government’s goal of putting one million e-cars on the country’s roads by 2020.

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    • The German government wants to gradually convert its vehicle fleet to electric autos. The unofficial target is said to be 10 percent e-cars.
    • Apart from Justice Minister Heiko Maas, Johanna Wanka is the only German cabinet member without an electro- or hybrid vehicle in her fleet.
    • A total of €83 million, or $90 million, annually is earmarked for investments in e-mobility by the government.
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German Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka moved into her new office in Berlin’s government district in November 2014. The ministry is just 300 meters from the capital’s main train station and a short walk from the federal press building.

Since then, Ms. Wanka’s spokespeople have been walking over to the press conferences to answer journalists’ questions three times a week.

But the move has come at a price: The future of Ms. Wanka’s ministry car fleet. In the past, the ministry had used its own electric car to drive its spokespeople over to the federal press conference building. The old ministry was 1.3 kilometers, or 0.8 miles, away. But now, Ms. Wanka has allowed the leasing contract to expire in April since the car is no longer needed.

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