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How do other countries accelerate electric mobility? Germany’s example

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Angela Merkel’s ambition is to have 10 million electric cars on German roads by 2030. The Federal Chancellor is making a lot of resources available for this.

While the Flemish Government recently abolished the purchase premium for electric cars because it would go beyond its purpose, Berlin is making the opposite move. The German government has increased the purchase subsidy for electric cars from EUR 4,000 to EUR 6,000. The measure will take effect this month and applies to all electric cars up to a catalogue value of EUR 40,000. For more expensive cars of up to EUR 65,000, there is a subsidy of EUR 5,000. If you buy a plug-in hybrid, you get between EUR 3,000 and EUR 4,500.

1 million charging stations

In order to support the expansion of this electric vehicle fleet, the German Federal Chancellor plans to build one million charging stations across the country by 2030. This will cost EUR 3.5 billion, the amount that Germany wants to invest in these charging stations in the coming years. At present, there are only 21,000 loading stations in Germany.

Role for the industry

Industry also has an important role to play in the German government’s measures: the automotive sector may finance part of the higher subsidies and investments in loading infrastructure. 

Germany is home to major car brands such as Daimler, BMW, and Volkswagen, which also includes Audi, Skoda, and Porsche. German car manufacturers expect to sell 700,000 subsidised electric cars by 2025. This should also safeguard jobs in the car industry during the transition to electric driving. 

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