The German government wants to reach the country’s anti-pollution targets by 2030, a plan that may consequently mean more green cars on its roads.
Even if Germany has the biggest auto market in Europe, accounting for nearly a quarter of all the sales across the region, the demand for electric cars is still at insignificant levels. With only around 30,000 electric vehicles registered so far and about 130,000 hybrids, the government’s goals of having one million hybrid and battery plug-ins on the roads by 2020 and 6 million units by 2030 seem to be far way. However, authorities are working on a strategy that will force both the automakers and buyers to focus their attention towards more environmentally friendly vehicles in the near future.
Bloomberg reports that under a newly proposed plan called Climate Protection Plan 2050, vehicles emissions would need to be cut by 45 percent for cars and 54 percent for trucks by 2030, a strategy part of Germany’s commitment to slash carbon dioxide pollution by 95 percent by 2050. According to the draft law, the government currently spends 50 billion euros (55.5 billion dollars) a year on oil imports.
To spur the demand for battery-powered cars, Germany agreed in April on an a 1.2-billion-euro (1.33-billion-dollar) incentive plan aimed to give a 4,000-euro help to customers who buy an electric car and 3,000 euros to those wanting a hybrid.