Germany plans to boost support for electric vehicles
Chancellor Angela Merkel announced at EV technology event that the government is currently examining several options to boost EV sales, as reported by Reuters. The country has set a target of putting one million green cars on roads by the end of 2020 despite lack of EV sales incentives offered by the government.
The EV sales in Germany have not been impressive as compared to other European countries such as Netherlands and Norway, where governments have taken several steps to expand EV charging infrastructure.
In contrast, Germany EV sales have suffered on the back of inadequate EV charging facility and high initial EV cost compared to fuel-guzzling internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.
According to Reuters, Germany has allowed tax breaks for green car owners, along with granting funds worth 1.5 billion euros or $1.69 billion for research in the clean fuel technology for auto industry.
"Germany will have no choice but to offer further support (for EVs) although we've already done some things” said Ms. Merkel at the event.
The government’s support towards EV industry is rising as it is feeling the pressure from European Union, on demands to lower average vehicle fleet carbon emission to 95 grams per kilometer by 2021. ■