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Germany Could Miss Electric Car Target

A German official has stated that the country could miss its target of one million electric cars on the roads by 2020 if more incentives are not implemented soon.

“I’ve already said that without additional incentives we will reach more of a figure of half a million,” said Henning Kagermann, who oversees Germany’s electric mobility strategy.

German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer gets out of an E-drive BMW electric car as he arrives for a press conference. Germany will miss its target of one million electric cars on its roads by 2020 without more incentives, the country's coordinator on electric transport policy warned on Wednesday.

The target was set in 2008 to have one million electric cars on its roads by 2020, with the country wanting to be a pilot market in the field. The plan gave the country until 2014 to prepare the market before mass production of electric cars would ramp up from 2017.

But Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer, at the same press conference, called for “optimistic realism” and spoke of “making Germany the number one (market) for the electric car” rather than re-stating the one-million target.

Matthias Wissmann, head of the Federation of German Industry (VDA) has stated that, by 2014, German car manufacturers will be able to provide 15 different models of electric vehicles, but he insisted that there was a need to improve the vehicles’ batteries so that the cars could be more feasible outside of heavily built-up areas.



Source: AFP

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