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Promoting electromobility: decisions send the right signals

04/27/2016 Negotiations have been drawn out over months. However, decisions have finally been made that are sending important signals to the market. Not only the buyer’s premium collectively advocated by the federal government and the auto industry, but also the expansion of the charging infrastructure and the adaptation of hitherto inhibitory laws and regulations are confronting the most significant reservations – both real and perceived – against electric cars yet: in terms of price, charging infrastructure and coverage.

Berlin, 04/27/2016: The Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO welcomes a decision that was reached to offer fiscal incentives and additional advantages for electric car users. Electromobility in 2016 has not matched the predictions made in 2012 regarding the nominal quantity of vehicles in the market run-up phase. The small market launch of electric vehicles in Germany on the one hand, and the superior development in this field in some other countries on the other, show that the measures taken so far have not been sufficient.

"Until now, there have been too few incentives for electric cars in Germany. The next step of the market launch will mainly occur with business customers, but electric cars for private users are also moving more into the spotlight – in the subsequent used car market at the very latest. Topics of equal importance are expanding the charging infrastructure and removing obstacles, such as legislation on energy, construction and residential property. This recently adopted package is therefore an important, long-awaited signal, giving electromobility new momentum once again," said Gernot Lobenberg, Director of the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO.

With around 3,000 electric vehicles and 770 charging points, the capital region takes a leading position
and is the country’s largest laboratory for electromobility. About 450 companies and institutions from all added value sectors are currently involved in Berlin and Brandenburg.

There’s still much to develop and explore on the road to electromobility in Berlin-Brandenburg: inductive charging, electric vehicles as power storage units within the energy turnaround, electric buses and commercial vehicles, and new lightweight vehicles for passengers and goods, such as "people movers" and cargo bikes, as well as networking via digitalization.