Meseberg / Berlin (dpa) - motorists can adjust to a higher premium when buying electric vehicles. The Federal Cabinet launched billions of dollars of stronger and longer state support for electromobility.
The existing premium for the purchase of e-cars will be extended until the end of 2025.
On the other hand, significantly more charging stations are to be set up. The measures were adopted two weeks ago at a summit meeting of politics and the auto industry. An area-wide charging network is considered a key requirement for the success of e-mobility.
The purchase premium for e-cars is to be increased by 50 percent for vehicles up to a net list price of 40,000 euros. Specifically, the grant will increase from € 4,000 to € 6,000, according to the results of the "Car Summit".
For more expensive vehicles up to a limit of 65,000 euros, the premium should rise by 25 percent to 5,000 euros. The higher premium should make it possible to promote an additional 650,000 to 700,000 electric vehicles, as the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced. The auto industry continues to take over half of the costs.
Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) said: "The Federal Cabinet today has laid important foundations for the fact that electric vehicles are finding their way into our everyday lives more and more." The federal government will provide around 2 billion euros for the longer funding. The premium, which has existed for more than three years, is currently limited until the end of 2020.
In the future, there should also be a purchase premium for young used vehicles of vehicle manufacturers in the so-called secondary sale - these are company and company cars.
The automakers want to bring in the coming months and years numerous e-cars on the market, even in the mass market. To create climate targets for 2030, seven to ten million electric cars in Germany will be necessary until then, as emerges from a "master plan charging infrastructure" of the Federal Government.
Although electric cars are increasingly buyers. From January to October, almost 53,000 pure electric cars were registered, about 89 percent more than in the same period last year, as figures from the Federal Motor Transport Authority show. The total number of new registrations, however, was around three million cars.
The Federal Government also wants to increase its efforts in the charging network. There are currently around 21,000 publicly accessible charging points. Especially in the countryside you often have to search for a long time.
At the "car summit" it had been agreed that 50,000 new public charging points should be created in the next two years - the automotive industry should contribute 15,000 of them at their locations. The federal government announced in its climate package to create one million public charging points by 2030.