Germany Setting Deadline for Automakers to Shift Production to PEVs

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is working on targets to cut pollution on the country’s roads that may set a deadline for automakers to shift a large portion of production plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).

PEVs will consist of battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and Merkel’s chancellery is reviewing a draft of her coalition’s Climate Protection Plan 2050. This would require fossil-fuel emissions cuts of 45 percent for cars and 54 percent for trucks by 2030, according to a draft of the legislation.

Prior to the Paris climate talks in December, the German government announced its goal of slashing carbon dioxide pollution by 95 percent by 2050.

“The federal government wants the vast majority of new registrations to have an electric transmission or transmissions powered by synthetic fuels from” renewable sources, the draft rule says. The government will formulate steps to achieve the CO2 reduction “milestones” within two years, it said.

If approved, the rules would set a deadline for the industry to shift a large portion of output to PEVs. Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler already are stepping up investment in PEV technology, but such vehicles make up a tiny fraction of cars on German roads. About 130,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and 25,000 battery electric vehicles were registered in the nation as of January compared with 30 million gasoline cars and 14.5 million diesels, according to Germany’s motor vehicle authority, the KBA.

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Germany’s international climate protection promises will be in jeopardy unless the country radically reduces transportation pollution, Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake said on June 13. Since cars typically have a 20-year lifespan, registrations of new diesel and gasoline cars needs to be cut over the next 15 years, he said.

Merkel’s government pledged subsidies this year to speed PEV sales, which was accelerated by Volkswagen’s emission-manipulation scandal. Currently, buyers of PEVs can claim cash incentives. The program may spark sales of about 500,000 electric cars by 2020, according to the Environment Ministry.

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