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Germany to Offer 1 Billion Euro Electric Car Subsidy

Merkel government wants to see 1 million electric cars on German roads by 2020.

Published: 16-May-2011

BERLIN — The German government is prepared to pay a billion euros ($ 1.4 billion) in subsidies over the next two years to help its industry develop electric cars, Welt am Sonntag newspaper said Sunday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her weekly podcast Saturday, called for Germany to become the market leader in the new technology with a view to "having a million electric cars on our roads by 2020".

The cabinet is to discuss financial support for the industry as early as Wednesday on the strength of a report, due out Monday, in which the National Electro-mobility Platform", a government-sponsored commission of industry experts, recommends such a move, according to Welt am Sonntag.


Daimler's Dieter Zetsche with electric car prototype.

Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche wants direct purchase funding to keep German carmakers technologically competitive.

Chancellor Angela Merkel with smart electric car.

The German government will double its funding to provide €2 billion ($2.83 billion) by 2013.

Renault Kangoo ZE electric car used as part of RWE Mobility program.

Federal government wants make Münster a centre for battery technology development, while Aachen is designated a hub for automotive technology and the Ruhr area a 'competence centre' for infrastructure and grids.


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