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German Press Review on Sales of Electric Cars

The From Berlin: ‘Electric Are Far Too Expensive’

The German government last year it wanted to see 1 electric cars on the road by But this week it conceded the goal is probably out of reach. commentators argue that cars are too expensive and don’t a long enough range to them attractive to consumers.

cars were meant to cleaner cities in Germany, but remain high and sales

The electric car fits neatly the German government’s plan to the dirty world of fossil behind it by mid-century. Just a year ago, Chancellor Merkel set the bold goal of the number of electric cars in the to 1 million by 2020. But today are only 4,600 of them on German roads, a mere percent of all registered cars, years of research.

So much for a success story.

German drivers don’t electric cars, and it’s not to understand why not. Part of the is that most e-cars travel further than 100 (62 miles) before needing a Prices, too, can run as much as ($13,000) higher for an e-car one with a traditional internal engine.

On Monday, Merkel a meeting with the heads of major automobile manufacturers, BMW, VW, Porsche and Daimler, to about e-cars. She admitted as of today, it wouldn’t be easy to the government’s goal and that electric cars by 2020 is likely. The chancellor noted as the technology advances, those might quickly change for the

Massive State Aid


The country has pumped 500 million in state aid the promotion of electromobility as part of its stimulus measures during the economic crisis. By 2013, is expected to provide an additional euros in funding for research and projects. However, the chancellor has to offer incentives or tax breaks to to fuel spending on e-cars, it won’t happen during the government’s term. With belt-tightening and the euro bailout, greater competition today for

Meanwhile, Merkel’s transportation Peter Ramsauer, and Economics Philipp Rцsler have to back buyer incentive arguing that road and construction should be given a

Of the CEOs who came to the Chancellery, CEO Dieter Zetsche was the only one to up in an electric car. Was it symbolic of the of enthusiasm German carmakers for battery-operated vehicles? Zetsche German public broadcaster ZDF Berlin should be happy if it in getting 500,000 to 600,000 on the road by the end of the decade.

Like auto sector executives, he is calling for purchasing incentives those sponsored by the French and governments.

Members of the Green in parliament argued Monday a purchasing subsidy could be possible by repealing tax breaks for gas and company cars. If we don’t incentives, then the whole is going to fail, the party in a statement. Others are less about the efficacy of consumer arguing that they benefit only those who are thinking of buying an e-car.

On Tuesday’s editorial pages, of Germany’s leading newspapers the issue of e-cars. Most the pledge to promote clean hasn’t met expectations. Some blame at both the government and

The center-left Sьddeutsche Zeitung

The electric car is a good idea, if the automobile industry doesn’t to think so. But these days is prevailing. Auto industry complain that e-cars are too and their development technically

Customers don’t want to buy because of their high and low range. People shouldn’t any false hopes here — it’s going to a while. Proof of that is the announcement by Toyota that it has further development of purely vehicles. Things aren’t well when it comes to cars, and it’s not only due to a of enthusiasm in the automobile industry. The of inertia is strong.

Besides, the industry understands about pistons and four-stroke than it does about technology. It also isn’t today whether they be able to recoup the billions are being invested in the car of tomorrow. The are massive.

German industry work together enough on the Be it car companies or the electric companies are supposed to provide tomorrow’s they are just working each other and not together. The of international cooperation doesn’t exist.

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After years of there aren’t even technical standards on e-cars in the industry. Instead executives call for government subsidies and consumer incentives.

The conservative Allgemeine Zeitung writes:

will be no government subsidy for electric cars for the time And that’s a good thing. The of getting 1 million electric onto the road by 2020 can be without state assistance.

The manufacturers have to make cars cheaper and extend driving range, then will be enough buyers to pay out of their own pockets.

The left-wing Zeitung writes:

One million cars by 2020. The goal set by Angela Merkel cannot be The government’s E-mobility strategy has The electric cars are far too expensive a small car costs at least as much as a comparable petrol-driven

The range of 150 kilometers at most big enough. And there is no infrastructure for batteries. That doesn’t the electric car is dead. On the contrary.

The belongs to battery-powered vehicles.

But new are now needed for the auto industry and must be independent of technology. It most sense to impose stricter CO2 emission limits. have confirmed that the pan-European rules for emissions had quite a big impact. Gasoline and consequently CO2 emissions can already be cut by a with technologies that already been developed.

A tougher limit could the path for natural gas as a propellant has long been neglected by And with more ambitious carmakers would also be to redouble their efforts in mobility alongside using from renewable sources.

SPIEGEL ONLINE Staff

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