15 million electric cars by 2030, accompanied driving from the age of 16, one million charging stations: This is what ADAC, VDA and Daimler say about the car plans of the traffic light coalition.
The leaders of the SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and FDP presented the coalition agreement on Wednesday (11/24/2021) in Berlin. The 177-page document is titled "Dare to make more progress - alliance for freedom, justice and sustainability." The contract, which the SPD and FDP party conferences and the members of the Greens are still voting on on December 4 and 5, contains detailed passages on the topics of mobility and transport. Here you will find a summary of the topics and goals as well as reactions from the automotive industry.
VDA: ambitious program
The Association of German Car Manufacturers (VDA) thinks that the new governing coalition has "presented an ambitious program for the transformation towards a climate-neutral economy and society". The association believes it is a task that must be achieved and refers to the "mega task" of the new government: Germany must "catch up and become significantly better" in almost all areas of infrastructure. The coalition has recognized this, praises the VDA, but critically notes that it is now a matter of implementation. Some things still have to be specified and formulated, said association president Hildegard Müller in a first statement on Thursday afternoon. She called for "ambitious quotas for e-fuels". Germany must become a European pioneer when it comes to e-fuels. It is also important that Germany remains internationally competitive. Because "only an economically strong Germany can achieve the goals that have been set," Müller continued.
Källenius: concrete goals
Daimler boss Ola Källenius reacted positively to the new coalition agreement of the future federal government on Wednesday evening. He wrote on the LinkedIn careers network: "Three numbers catch my eye when I first scan the coalition agreement: 15 million electric cars, one million charging points and 80 percent renewable energy. These are three concrete goals for 2030 that will support the transformation of the automotive industry in this decade "And they correspond to our strategy at Mercedes-Benz. This means that even more cars can become electric and electric cars really green. Higher investments, faster approval processes and a digital dawn in government, business and society will also do us good. Ambitious climate protection and the improvement of Competitiveness - this combination drives us forward."
ADAC: balanced compromise
The ADAC "considers the coalition agreement between SPD, Greens and FDP to be a balanced compromise". The association calls for “climate protection and affordable mobility to be reconciled”, but misses “a statement on the further development of the distance allowance.The ADAC considers the expiry of the innovation premium for electric cars in 2025 to be appropriate. The association would have liked "an unequivocal commitment to e-fuels".
15 million electric cars by 2030
So what does the new government have in mind when it comes to cars "The three parties are very specific on some points. By 2030, that is in nine years, 15 million fully electric cars are to be on German roads. Currently there are around 517,000. A third of the vehicle population is therefore to become electric. In the next nine years, it would have to Therefore, on average, more than three times as many electric cars are newly registered as are currently on the road. Most recently, the share of electric vehicles in new registrations was almost 12 percent. So it would have to increase sharply.
Where should these cars charge? One million charging stations are planned the new government according to the coalition agreement until 2030. They should be “public and non-discriminatory” accessible – excluding L ade networks for the company's own customers would therefore not be included. Among other things, charging hubs and fast charging parks are to be created.
Plug-in hybrid with an electric range of 80 km
The coalition also wants to increase the minimum electric range of plug-in hybrid cars : They should be able to drive 80 kilometers electrically from August 1, 2023. The previous tax privilege for company car taxation of 0.5 instead of 1.0 percent for private use should only apply if an electrical share of more than 50 percent can be proven. From 2025, the flat-rate tax for electric cars should then be 0.5 (instead of the previous 0.25) percent. The innovation premium is "no longer necessary" after 2025.
Changes to the driver's license
Accompanied driving should be possible from the age of 16 and the monopoly on the driving license test should be lifted. The coalition agreement is not more specific at this point. In addition, digital applications such as digital parking space control are to come.
Euro 7 and e-fuels
The coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP refers to the EU phase-out date of 2035 when it comes to the new registration ban for combustion engines refuelable vehicles can be newly registered." Work is also currently underway on the new Euro 7 emissions standard at European Union level. The future federal government wants to work "for the adoption of an ambitious and feasible pollutant standard" and "take account of added value and jobs." A strategy platform "Transformation automotive industry" is to accompany the change in industry as well as small and medium-sized companies, it has the "goal of climate neutrality, to secure value creation as well as jobs and apprenticeships."
More money for the railways
What had already leaked out beforehand is now being substantiated in the coalition agreement: The government wants to draw up a new federal traffic route and mobility plan for 2040. The goal is a German cycle. More should be invested in rail in particular The share of rail freight traffic is to increase to 25 percent by 203.
Less noise, more safety
Noise pollution from traffic is to be reduced through noise abatement programs and new freight wagons.
The coalition wants to adapt the Road Traffic Act and Road Traffic Regulations in such a way that "in addition to fluid and Traffic safety, the goals of climate and environmental protection, health and urban development must be taken into account in order to give federal states and local authorities scope for decision-making." Safety is also on the coalition's agenda: emergency braking and distance assistants in trucks should not be able to be switched off. Turn assistants are used for trucks P weaves and encourages. However, the coalition agreement does not mention specific amounts and periods.
The new Minister of Transport has a rich agenda: traffic should become electric, quieter and safer. Because there are no far-reaching cuts, the transport sector will not be able to contribute much to the CO2 reduction targets in the short term.