R and there is a hangover mood around the electric drive, it seems. Wrongly, because the results of the completed field tests under everyday conditions are consistently positive. Hybrid and electric buses impressed with less noise and less consumption. Commercial vehicles with electric drives were well received because they are allowed to drive into city centers despite environmental zones and nightly noise protection regulations. And the projects also showed that electric cars can be the basis for new mobility concepts.
As a logical consequence, a new initiative is now being launched: four regions in Baden-Württemberg, Berlin and Brandenburg, Lower Saxony as well as Bavaria and Saxony are to be launched Providing citizens with a hands-on approach to electromobility.
Merkel and Co. have homework to do
The federal government is following thus a recommendation of the National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE). Because their third progress report shows: Merkel and Co. still have homework to do. This is the only way to achieve the self-declared goal of one million electric vehicles on German roads in 2020. The NPE advocates, among other things, special regulations for the depreciation of electric vehicles, for the compensation of disadvantages in the company car taxation as well as low-interest loans from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) for the purchase and a lower electricity tax.
For the new, The three-year 'Schaufenster' initiative has 180 million euros available. Each of the four regions has submitted a list of funding applications that must be processed by the end of the budget year. The Berlin /Brandenburg region sees itself as Germany's calling card and offers a wide range of starting points for making electromobility visible. Public relations work has priority there, but also the testing and further development of business models with different user requirements.
Renewable power generation is a focus
Lower Saxony, with its leading role in regenerative power generation, focuses on research and development, for example in battery recycling - Continental and VW are also involved as project partners. In the Bavaria /Saxony region there is a desire to increase the use of electric buses to reduce noise and pollutant emissions in city centers.
And in Baden-Württembergthe aim is to use new business models to explore the attractiveness and cost-effectiveness of e-mobility. This includes that the car2go mobility offer will start in Stuttgart with 500 E-Smarts in autumn. They will be integrated into the new Daimler mobility platform 'moovel'. In the starter version of the free app, you can already find carpooling and public transport offers.