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Berlin 'abandons one million electric cars goal'
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Berlin 'abandons one million electric cars goal'

Published: 30 Sep 2012 07:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Sep 2012 07:30 GMT+02:00

The German government has abandoned its goal of having one million electric cars on the streets of the country by 2020.

"The hype is over," the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung wrote, citing information from the Ministry of Education and Research. The high expectations for electric cars, which have no carbon dioxide emissions, has been replaced by huge disappointment, the paper wrote.

Environment Minister Peter Altmaier admitted that there are problems with electric cars and Economy Minister Philipp Rösler has refused to encourage electric car sales with economic incentives.

Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with auto industry leaders on Monday for a summit on electric mobility. The government has become less enthusiastic about electric cars, unnamed government sources said.

The automobile industry has said that without additional government subsidies they can only sell 600,000 electric cars by 2020 at best.

The government has countered those demands by abandoning its one million electric cars on the road by 2020 goal, the paper wrote, adding that the semi-official government line is now effectively "What’s so bad when electric mobility isn’t achieved so quickly?"

Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan said a lot more time is needed – especially to produce improvements in the electric batteries.

“The problems will probably not be solved in two years,” she wrote in a position paper prepared for the summit.

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10:07 September 30, 2012 by Bavaria Mike
So why does the so called auto industry need government subsidies? Electric cars should be cheaper to produce but somehow cost more! Greedy bastards!
10:46 September 30, 2012 by smart2012
Until German car makers lobby will keep giving electric cars the last priority and will keep launching super powerful diesel cars, forget in Germany they can talk about electric cars. I was on vacation in italy and i was amazed how many more hybrid cars there are than in Germany..
12:13 September 30, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Electric cars = low or no tax = loss of tax revenue = bad news for the government.

Internal combustion engine = fuel tax, engine size tax and emission tax = government dream.

Green technology = lets make it expensive as possible for the buyer = licence to print money = a very, very greedy green industry that is only in it for the money = no real morals as far as the environment is concerned = pulled the wool over everyone eyes and now laying in the sun by the pool on the profits.
16:31 September 30, 2012 by IchBinKönig
hahaha. yeah, the problem with electric cars is greed! hahahaha
19:48 September 30, 2012 by tercel
Now that Germany is shutting down it's nuclear power plants just where is all that electricity to recharge the batteries in all those electric cars going to come from?

Solar and wind can not support the current electrical needs of the public, now you are going to siphon off much needed electricity to recharge car batteries. Can you say rolling brown outs and black outs and extremely high electric bills?
00:52 October 1, 2012 by Eric1
My neighbors across the street have the Nissan Leaf. What an energy hog that thing is, their electric bill has gone way up and they can go that far without having to plug in again.

No thanks, I keep using my energy efficient gasoline car.
09:02 October 1, 2012 by catjones
For the most part, all electric vehicles are best placed in the suburbs or rural areas, not the city. The irony is most city dwellers park their cars in the street with no way to plug in yet they travel the least. Suburbanites can recharge at home, yet the drive the furthest.
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