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Germany wants one million electric cars

Staff writer |
Germany wants one million electric cars on roads by the end of the decade. That's an ambitious plan by Chancellor Angela Merkel, despite almost nonexistent interest from consumers.

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Ms. Merkel's government promoted the fledgling technology on a two-day industry summit. Fewer than 3,000 electric cars were sold in Germany last year and the market exceeded three million cars.

The German auto industry plans to invest €12-billion ($15.52 billion) in alternative engine, including batteries, in the next three to four years, according to industry association VDA.

"Driving electrically is no vision anymore, it's a reality. Thousands of cars are already on our roads and by the end of the next year, German car makers will have at least 16 electric series production cars on sale," said VDA President Matthias Wissmann. Ms. Merkel affirmed her target in a statement, calling to a cross-border co-operation.

According to a survey of roughly 1,000 German drivers by the country's moto club ADAC, Germans are much more skeptical about the technology than two years ago. They are also not willing to accept long charging times. ADAC reported that nearly 50 percent of all German car owners are unwilling to pay extra for an electric car.

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