• Germany's news in English

Berlin 'abandons one million electric cars goal'

The Local · 30 Sep 2012, 07:30

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

"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 The high expectations for electric cars, which have no carbon dioxide emissions, has been replaced by huge disappointment, the paper wrote.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.

Story continues below…

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

The Local/mw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

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.
Today's headlines
Pegida take to Dresden streets - to march against Pegida
Pegida demonstrators. Photo: DPA

Followers of the xenophobic Pegida movement marched in two factions on Monday evening in the capital of Saxony, brandishing fierce accusations of treason against one another.

Is it fair to call the AfD far right?
AfD leaders, from left, Georg Pazderski, Frauke Petry and Jörg Meuthen. Photo: DPA.

The AfD has been dubbed "far-right" over the past year as it has taken on a tougher stance against immigration and made gains in state elections. But at what point does one call a group far-right?

Dresden police guard Islamic buildings after mosque attack
The Dresden mosque that was hit by a homemade bomb attack on Monday. Photo: DPA.

All Islamic buildings in the capital of Saxony have been put under police protection on Tuesday after explosive devices were detonated at a mosque and a congress centre in the city.

Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook
Photo: DPA

German data protection authorities on Tuesday said they had blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from its subsidiary WhatsApp, citing privacy concerns.

Stuttgart fest pulls in twice as many boozers as Oktoberfest
Is this Oktoberfest or is this Stuttgart's Cannstatter Volksfest? Can you tell the difference? Well, it's Stuttgart. Photo: DPA.

Apparently Munich is no longer the top place to wear lederhosen and down beer one litre at a time.

The Local List
10 German films you have to watch before you die
Photo: DPA

These films are so good, not even The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari made the list.

Young man destroys 17 cars after visiting Oktoberfest

Early on Monday morning a drunk 29-year-old trashed 17 cars after staggering out of Oktoberfest into the Munich streets. It was one of several eye-popping crimes from "Wiesn" over the past few days.

VW emissions scandal
Audi tech chief leaves after reports link him to 'dieselgate'
Audi's head of technical development Stefan Knirsch stepped down on Monday. Photo: DPA.

Audi's head of technical development stepped down "with immediate effect" on Monday, the luxury carmaker announced, after German media accused him of involvement in parent company Volkswagen's "dieselgate" scandal.

Deutsche Bank shares hit lowest level in quarter century
Photo: DPA.

Shares in Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest lender, sank to a historic low on Monday after reports at the weekend that Berlin had refused state aid for the embattled lender.

The Local List
The 10 worst German cities for students to find digs
Photo: DPA

It's the start of autumn, which means the start of the university year. But along with the excitement comes the stress of finding housing - and in some glamorous locations this can be a nightmare.

Sponsored Article
The Inner Circle: the secret to dating in Berlin
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Sponsored Article
Retiring abroad: ensuring your health is covered
Seven great reasons to stay in Germany this September
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Sponsored Article
The Inner Circle: the secret to dating in Berlin
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
Germany's 17 Olympic gold medals in pictures
14 facts you never knew about the Brandenburg Gate
Ten times Germans proved they really, really love beer
Six things you need to know when moving to Germany
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
German scientists prove birds can sleep while flying
London v. Berlin: Which is better for startups?
13 mortifying mistakes German learners always make
Enter if you dare: Berlin's best abandoned haunts
10 rookie errors all Brits make when they arrive in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd