Germany`s Plans to Catch-up With E-car and Hydrogen Vehicels - `Alles Diesel, oder was?`
The scandal about manipulations of Diesel-emissions by German car-manufacturers made headlines around the globe. Among its legacy, however, are incentives for German car-consumers to switch to electric vehicles and hydrogen cars. There is also a plan to introduce a binding e-car quota in Germany.
However, Martin Schulz (the candidate of the Social-Democratic Party that wants to replace Angela Merkel as Federal Chancellor in the next German general elections on 24 September) recently backed the introduction of a binding quota for e-cars in Germany (https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/e-auto-quote-101.html), without, however, specifying percentages. This is a reaction to the European Commission`s red light on e-car quotas: a spokesperson of the Commission said on 7 August that the Commission does not want to introduce a EU-wide electric car quota, to avoid meddling with technology-competition and to stick to its stance of technology-neutrality (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-swiss-eu-carbontrading-idUSKCN1AW1EI).