To boost electric car sales in Germany, the government last week presented a new initiative, proposing incentive premiums of EUR 4,000 for all-electric cars and EUR 3,000 for plug-in hybrids. The initiative was presented after a high-level meeting at the Chancellery between several ministers and car industry representatives. The project is still on the political level, so that several details of this e-mobility initiative still have to be worked out. As half of the premium shall not be paid by the government but by (participating) car manufacturers, we still have to see who will pay the premium, and whether commercially the premium will be only half of the politically announced figure.
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With its Electricity Market 2.0 project, the German government wants to take an important step towards enhanced integration of renewable energy sources into the electricity market. Renewables in 2015 already constituted about one third of Germany’s electricity consumption. The challenge is to integrate an increasing amount of intermittent renewable energy with feed-in priority into the system, in a secure, cost-efficient and sustainable way.
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Ten companies and research institutions, including Infineon, BMW and Daimler, have joined forces to develop a modular system for electric cars in a project sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research worth EUR 7.5 billion. The project will run until 31 December 2017. It is lead by Infineon.
Despite progress in the number of registered electric cars and the number of models available, Germany has still a long way to go to reach the government’s goal of having 1 million electric cars on German roads by 2020. On the occasion of the National Electromobility Conference in Berlin on 15/16 June 2015 the National Electromobility Initiative (NPE) informed that it agreed with the government on the next steps for the market launch.
Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks (SPD) confirmed the government’s goal of having 1 million electric cars on German roads by 2020 last week at a meeting of the parliamentary group concerned with electromobility. At the same time she demanded more efforts by politics and industry and informed about two ideas for more state support, however not in the form of direct grants for buyers.
Yesterday, the Bundestag (Parliament) adopted the Electromobility Act, which aims to promote electromobility by special rights for electric cars, but does not foresee direct aid. Apart from electric cars certain hybrid cars and fuel cell powered vehicles also benefit.
By the end of 2014 18,948 electric passenger cars were registered in Germany, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrtbundesamt) reported. This is an increase of 55.9% compared with 2014, when 12,156 electric cars were registered. However, is only 0.04% of the total of 44.4 million German passenger cars and still a long way from the government’s goal of having 1 million electric cars on German roads by 2020.
The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) has strongly criticised a draft ordinance regulating charging stations for electric vehicles prepared by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), which has not been officially published. BDEW mainly criticises a lack of incentives and unnecessary bureaucracy.