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After being delayed with half a year, Germany finally achieved its target of getting 1 million electric vehicles on roads by 2020. Around 57,000 vehicles were registered alone in July 2021.
These data comprise plug-in hybrids and fuel cell cars that run on hydrogen.
Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze, said, “One million electric cars mean a million times less CO2 emissions in traffic because 60% of greenhouse gas emissions from traffic in Germany are attributable to cars alone.”
“Electric vehicles are the most efficient, climate-friendly option in the passenger car sector because they bring the energy used directly onto the road. Those who switch to an electric car also save money. In the long term, charging electricity is cheaper than filling up at the petrol pump.”
Volkswagen is one of the top sellers of e-mobility and it is planning to uplift its market share of electric vehicles to 60% by 2030 in Europe.
Experts said that to meet the climate goals of Germany by 2030, 14 million electric vehicles need to be on roads.
Germany recently has moved forward its net-zero climate target to 2045 but left establishing new renewables targets and removing barriers to the green energy expansion to the next government after the late September general elections.
“We can only do that if the framework conditions are right. That is why we primarily support the expansion of the charging infrastructure – in the public as well as in the private sector – but also modes of transport with a low market penetration so far, such as commercial vehicles and buses,” said, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer.
Economics and energy minister Peter Altmaier has pledged to extend a bonus program to incentivize buying of electric vehicles until 2025.