VW’s ‘dieselgate’ puts spotlight on electric cars in Germany

October 25th, 2015 Comments Off on VW’s ‘dieselgate’ puts spotlight on electric cars in Germany

The pollutionZipcar to bring 50 electric vehicles to London. Read more ... »-cheating scandal that has engulfed autoUK: Ecotricity expanding clean-energy, fast-charging network for #ElectricCar Electric Car with Nissan. Read more ... » giant VolkswagenVolkswagen To Roll Out More Electric and Plug-In Cars By 2020. Read more ... » is turning up the heat on the GermanAmazing: Salt water-powered electric car approved for roads in Europe. Read more ... » governmentJapanese carmakers team up for electric car charging. Read more ... » to make more determined headway in its self-declared “electromobility” goals, analysts say.
The “bitter irony” of the scam that has rocked the automobile sector around the worldBit overdue: Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution?. Read more ... » and plunged the once-respected carmaker into a major crisis, is that the billions of euros VWVolkswagen To Roll Out More Electric and Plug-In Cars By 2020. Read more ... » could potentially face in fines “could have been usedDumfries and Galloway Council staff electric car 'anxiety'. Read more ... » to finance an entire electricWell Done: Birmingham switched on to potential of electric cars. Read more ... » carWell Done: Birmingham switched on to potential of electric cars. Read more ... » programme,” complained Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks recently.
Over the past six years, BerlinWhy electric cars better catch on. Read more ... » has put up 1Why electric cars better catch on. Read more ... ».5UK: Half of Plug-in Car Grants unclaimed. Read more ... » billion euros ($1.7EV Message: Electric surge as record numbers of drivers switch to plug-in cars. Read more ... » billion) for researchUK Gov: Boosting Green and Electric Car/ Low emission Car uptake with £500 Million Investment. Read more ... » into an electric carWell Done: Birmingham switched on to potential of electric cars. Read more ... », the minister pointed out. And her ministry is looking into a series of measures to promote the electric car, such as tax incentivesTesla promises electric car revolution. Read more ... » and purchaseGood Growth: New electric car chargepoints springing up across Worcestershire. Read more ... » subsidies.
Her colleague at the Economy Ministry, Sigmar Gabriel, has said he was ready to support financial incentives, without specifying what form they should take.
And he is in favour of introducing quotas for electric vehiclesWell Done: Birmingham switched on to potential of electric cars. Read more ... » in the car fleets of public authorities, with the aim of boosting demand.
Such ideas are enthusiastically welcomed by VDIK, the association of international motor vehicleElectric car insurance explained. Cheaper, affordable, green, first-time drivers appeal. Read more ... » manufacturersSilverstone Fleet Show 2014: Tesla signs up to Show. Read more ... », which is calling for a purchase discountFirst electric vehicle charging point for Bute. Read more ... » of “at least 5,000 euros” per electric car during a still undefined “transition period.”
In 2009, the German government formulated a goal to have around one million electric carsWell Done: Birmingham switched on to potential of electric cars. Read more ... » on the road by 2020. And it restated that target earlier this year.
But the goal is looking increasingly ephemeral and at the half-way pointNissan CEO: LEAF Is Now Profitable, 80% Of Its US Sales Come From 4 Cities. Read more ... », the concrete numbers are woefully short of target, with a meagre 19First carbon-zero taxi service hits UK roads. Read more ... »,000 vehicles*Applauds* California Zero Emissions Car Target May Hit 100% By 2030. Read more ... » on the roads in GermanyAmazing: Salt water-powered electric car approved for roads in Europe. Read more ... » in September 2015.
The government’s goal “is quite simply not achievable,” said Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive Research in Bergisch Gladbach.
There was “a lot of euphoria, but no vision for a feasible economic modelAre we there yet: GM & Electric car price wars, across the pond?. Read more ... »” for the electric car in Germany, he complained.
– ‘Concerted action’ –
The VW scandal may provide a chance to restart the electromobility debate in Germany.
“But for that, real concerted action is needed between automakers, suppliers and the authorities,” Bratzel said.
Offering car buyers a purchase discount would likely prove only a flash in the pan with regard to kickstarting overall demand, the expert argued.
The main determining factors for the lasting success of electric vehicles would be considerations of “batteryAre we there yet: GM & Electric car price wars, across the pond?. Read more ... » autonomy, infrastructureElectric car sales in UK expected to double in 2013 as prices start to fall. Read more ... » and priceGood Growth: New electric car chargepoints springing up across Worcestershire. Read more ... »,” Bratzel insisted.
Public subsidy of any electromobility initiative remains controversial.
The opposition environmentalist GreenElectric car insurance explained. Cheaper, affordable, green, first-time drivers appeal. Read more ... » party is calling for a general overhaul of the systemWireless charging may be key to electric vehicle success, BMW and Nissan already developing technology. Read more ... » of taxes for vehicles, arguing that powerful, big-cylinder and pollutant engines should face the highest levies.
But that is a road the government appears reluctant to go down.
Instead, Berlin announced, just a week after the VW scandal broke, the construction of 400 battery-chargingWell Done: Birmingham switched on to potential of electric cars. Read more ... » stations for electric cars at motorwayUK: Ecotricity expanding clean-energy, fast-charging network for #ElectricCar Electric Car with Nissan. Read more ... » service stations98% of England's motorway network' within 20 miles of electric car . Read more ... » by 2017, as well as a number#ElectricCar sales in #UK expected to double in 2013 as prices start to fall. #EV #london #green #eco. Read more ... » of “privileges” for electric vehicles on public roads.
They would, for example, be allowed to useWell Done: Birmingham switched on to potential of electric cars. Read more ... » bus lanesWill this work? - We hope so: "Electric cars to use bus lanes in UK cities". Read more ... » and benefit from free parkingWell Done: Birmingham switched on to potential of electric cars. Read more ... » in towns and citiesElectric cars are greener and could help us cut not only carbon emissions but levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions which are contributing to reduced life expectancy in our towns and cities.. Read more ... ».
However, at the end of the day, it is the local and municipal authorities that have the final word on such initiatives and they “have no interest in jamming the bus lanes with private cars, even if they are electric carsWell Done: Birmingham switched on to potential of electric cars. Read more ... »,” said Bratzel.
As timeUK: Ecotricity expanding clean-energy, fast-charging network for #ElectricCar Electric Car with Nissan. Read more ... » progresses and the dream of electromobility remains pie-in-the-sky, environmentalist groups are losing patience.
“Every year, Germany squanders seven billion euros on privileges for diesel, which is a pollutant technology*Applauds* California Zero Emissions Car Target May Hit 100% By 2030. Read more ... »,” said Daniel Moser, who is responsible for transport issues at Greenpeace Germany.
The activists believe it will simply not be enough to transfer the privileges to electric vehicles.
What was needed was an entire ecological urban transport system, ranging from trams, to bicycles and electric busesWireless UK: UK motorway to charge electric cars on the move. Read more ... », “not just more private electric cars clogging up towns,” Greenpeace said.

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