Germany Determined to Make EVs Work

A new battle of the giants, a historic one, if you like, is in the making these days. The US and Germany has engaged a while back in a bitter race, each hoping to become a new heaven for electric vehicles and each pledging to do their best to make electric transportation a reality. For the moment, because of the countless infrastructure providers and many car makers deploying their EVs there, the US seems to have a head start. But not for long.

About a year ago, Germany announced the start of a project called the National Electric Mobility Platform (NEMP). Assisted at birth by the German federal government, the project will soon get another boost, as the country plans to add a few more billion euros to go with the initial 12 million euros fund for battery development announced last May.

According to Pure Green Cars, EUR9.8 billion ($14 billion) will be spent by the German state in the coming years on incentives, research and development. The mid-term goal remains the same: have one million electric vehicles on the roads by 2020. The long-term goal is to have six million by 2030.

The new proposed plan for EVs is expected to be presented later this week, but a few details about it have surfaced.

Apparently, the plan calls for no direct rebates on the purchase of an electric vehicle. Most of the government money will go into supporting tax exemptions for 10 years for any car that emits less than 50g of CO2/km, free parking for EVs and even some tax deductions for companies whose fleets turn electric.
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