German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier has said that Germany is close to reaching its goal of one million electric cars on the road, thanks to the government’s support policy to buy electric cars.
“We will hit the target of one million electric cars by July 2021,” Minister Altmaier said in an interview with the Tagesspiegel newspaper. The goal, which was set by the government of Angela Merkel in 2009, and considered by many “unattainable”, he said, would be completed “six months later” than originally planned, he said.
Generous public subsidies for electric vehicle sales have led to an increase in sales of both electric and hybrid vehicles: in the first half of 2021, a total of 1.25 billion euros in subsidy claims were posted. signed, more than last year, according to Mr. Altmaier.
Vehicle subsidies have increased significantly as part of the post-pandemic stimulus measures: for electric vehicles with a list price below 40,000 euros, the maximum subsidy is currently 9,000 euros, for hybrids, The maximum support level is 6,750 euros.
Monthly electric car sales have more than doubled since the beginning of 2021 compared to 2020 and account for an average of 10% of the new car market. Demand for this type of vehicle is also encouraged by innovations from traditional manufacturers. They are changing rapidly with the launch of many new electric vehicle models.
The charging infrastructure has evolved. According to the German Ministry of Transport, there are currently 37,705 standard charging points and 6,395 fast charging points in Germany. Altmaier estimates that the next target of 7 to 10 million electric cars on German roads by 2030 will be achieved.
In the electric vehicle promotion program initiated by European countries, the production of electric batteries will be very important. Mr. Peter Altmaier expects the sector to create nearly 20,000 jobs by the end of the decade in Germany.
According to the electronic magazine Petrotimes