18,948 Electric Passenger Cars Registered by End of 2014

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.

In late September the government adopted a bill on an Electromobility Act, which aims to promote electromobility by special rights for electric cars, such as access to bus lanes, priority parking and access to areas in which traffic is restricted. Apart from electric cars certain hybrid cars and fuel cell powered vehicles also benefit. The bill has been submitted to Parliament in December 2014 (ref. no. 18/3418), but has not been adopted yet. According to the Federal Transport Ministry, the second and third reading are scheduled for 5 March 2014. The Federal Council that represents the interests of the Federal States will presumably hear the bill in late March. Following adoption the bill has to be promulgated and will enter into force the day thereafter. It is limited in time to 30 June 2030.

Lately the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) 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 yet. BDEW mainly criticised a lack of incentives and unnecessary bureaucracy. For more information, please see here.

Source: Kraftfahrtbundesamt

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