Germany's Electric Car Sales too Slow
Germany's electric car market needs to speed up to get one million electric cars on the road by 2020. It has been three years since German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the goal.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, just over 7,000 of Germany's cars are currently battery-powered, with no sign of a big change any time soon.
Fears around the reliability of electric vehicles, as well as the additional costs, has resulted in German drivers being reluctant to make the switch.
Germany could benefit from looking to other countries, such as France, for inspiration. Government subsidies for electric and hybrid vehicles have contributed to sales of more than 10,000 electric vehicles since 2006, despite a market some 40% smaller than Germany's.
Economics and technology minister, Philipp Roesler, said that the German government will instead back research projects, adding that he didn't believe incentives would have the desired effect on car buyers.