German government backpedals on e-cars

The German government has signalled it no longer expects to see 1 million electric cars on the road by 2020. Instead, Berlin just hopes to be "a leading market", Deutsche Welle writes.

Berlin had originally aimed for there to be 100,000 electric cars in use by 2014 and 1 million by 2020. That target was cemented in coalition negotiations in 2013 but missed by a long shot last year. There are currently 30,000 electric cars in Germany.

The Green had asked whether the government still thought its ambitions were realistic and requested specific information as to how Berlin intended to promote the proliferation of electric cars on German streets.

The answer from the Economy Ministry, which is controlled by the German Co-Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, a Social Democrat, was short on concrete details, according to the daily newspaper "Die Welt."

"To ensure positive development with production and value added on site, the Federal Government has taken numerous measures," the response read.

Deutsche Welle

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