Now, yes: Germany will subsidize hybrid and electric


BMW 225xe Active Tourer, a plug-in hybrid manufactured in Germany

The locomotive of Europe is not precisely the head in sales of electric cars or plug-in hybrids, because they are not attractive enough-economically speaking – relative to their counterparts in gasoline, diesel, or gas. Lacked support, but that will be a matter of time.

The German parliament has to vote on a proposal of aid to the purchase car plug-in, and also an investment for to increase the network of public charging. The aim is to popularize these cars, and reduce the sensation of lack of autonomy by not being able to reload.

The grants are awarded to cars whose price does not exceed 60,000 euros, 4,000 euros in the case of the electric, and 3,000 euros for plug-in hybrids. From the summer of 2018, the amount of aid will drop to 3,000 and 2,000 euros, respectively.


Manufacturers such as Audi allow you to choose the client to gasoline, diesel, or plug-in hybrid. In the case of the A3, also has a version of gas

the cost of The program to the Government of Germany shall be 1,200 million euros, and half of the grant the fund the manufacturers, although the initial proposal was to pay only the fourth part. It may seem a lot of money, but France gives € 10,000 grant to send a diesel to the scrap yard and buy an electric.

in Addition, it will invest 300 million euros for the network of public charging. Will be available to 15,000 chargers in a period of three years, leaving approximately € 20,000 per unit. Germany does not want to fall behind on the electric train, they will be reminded of when the japanese manufacturers were placed all around chargers for your standard (CHAdeMO), to the detriment of the German standard (CSS Combo) and became a standard de facto.

Circulating in Germany about 30,000 electric cars, that is, to give you an idea, 1% of sales a year in that country. Was marked in 2010 with a goal of one million cars encufables on the roads German for 2020, but that is simply impossible. As we discussed in a previous article.


With the installation of 15,000 charging points additional, the germans will see the electric with other eyes

Even if they wanted to, manufacturers could not address a volume of orders of that magnitude, almost the entire world production of electrical would have to be used exclusively for Germany. Are cars, low-volume, because only sell well in sites with very specific.

For electric to succeed, they need to be highly subsidised compared to the conventional, or the latter of these should go very taxed, fiscally, or both at the same time. The first european market for electric is Norway, and there the accounts come out very fast. On a site like Spain or Germany, not.

Although the price of “fuel” is very low in the case of the electric (about 1 euro/100 km), there are a high purchase price, if compare with a conventional car. When the purchase price is similar, is that you have to pay besides the rental of the batteries. long-term profitable, and not for all the world.


Tesla is the enemy to beat

on the other hand, Germany wants to have its car industry well maintained, as one of every 20 germans work for this sector. According to statistics from the Ministry of Transportation’s German, the car was used in 2015 790.000 people, and generated sales of 404,000 million euros.

Several German manufacturers have in their catalog the following cars: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. Lack Opel, who retired the Ampera to dealerships due to low sales, and in fact, the cars were manufactured in the united States, along with the Chevrolet Volt in the first generation.

These grants would not put the German market upside down, or the electric will go on to become best-sellers, but it will improve its share with respect to the conventional ones. So, when the Tesla Model 3 arrives in Germany, the domestic manufacturers will have taken more money with this technology, and will be encouraged to further improve their products.