German battery-car data shock
02 October 2012, 12:33
Germany – German chancellor Angela
Merkel has acknowledged that her country will struggle to reach its
target of a million battery cars on its roads by 2020.
However, she insisted, the goal should be kept in sight even though one expert warns only half the target might be achieved.
told a news conference with representatives who oversee Germany's
electric mobility strategy: "The objective of a million electric cars on
the roads in 2020 will not be very easy to attain."
the chancellor added: "We agree that it would be a mistake to abandon
this objective - we still have eight years of work."‘COMPLEX’ ISSUE
said the issue of electric mobility was "complex", requiring
co-operation between vehicle manufacturers, producers of batteries,
sub-contractors and others.
Germany set the target in 2008 and
said it wanted to be a pilot market in the field. The idea allowed until
2014 to prepare and for mass-production of electric cars to start in
In June 2012, however, Henning Kagermann, the country’s
electric transport policy co-ordinator, warned that without additional
incentives only about half the target number would be achieved.
have vowed to launch 15 models of battery cars while German industry as
a whole is to plough the equivalent of as much as R175-billion into the
sector by 2014, according to figures from the German automobile
The German government offers tax incentives
to battery-car buyers but campaigners say much more needs to be done to
encourage people to switch from petrol or diesel to electric vehicles.