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Berlin approves incentives for drivers of electric cars

Nov 20, 2014
A new law on ‘electromobility’ was approved by the German federal cabinet on Wednesday, 24 September, 2014. The new measure is expected to come into effect in early 2015 and is set to expire on 30 June, 2030.

 
Its scope covers battery powered vehicles, as well as especially environmentally friendly, externally chargeable hybrid cars, and fuel cell vehicles. For plug-in hybrids, carbon dioxide emissions are capped at 50g per kilometre or a minimum 30km range on purely electric power (40km starting in 2018). To a large extent, this established minimum range for electric power is enough to cover short day-to-day journeys.

Free parking and access to bus lanes
Under the new law, vehicles approved in Germany are intended to receive special identification via their number plates.  Cars approved outside the country are also expected to be given certain benefits. Because they cannot receive a German number plate, the legislation says they will be identified by a special sticker. This is meant to ensure that electric vehicles can be easily recognised in traffic by police and others on the road. The law will also allow municipalities to reserve parking spaces at charging stations for electric vehicles as well as provide free parking.

 
Local authorities can also dole out special access and transit passes (in areas sensitive to air or noise pollution) as well as opening bus lanes for appropriately labelled vehicles, when conditions allow.  Final decisions, however, are in the hands of the relevant traffic control authorities.

By the end of 2014, 17 production models made in Germany will be released on the market. 12 more will follow in 2015.

 

Photo: Electric car charging in Potsdamerplaz, Berlin.

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