Gasoline powered cars and trucks could be almost totally eliminated by 2030 in Germany.
The German government is giving serious thought to an emissions reduction program, that would force automakers to focus almost entirely on electric cars by that year. German Chanellor Angela Merkel is working on a document titled Climate Protection Plan 2050. The plan calls for fleetwide vehicle emissions from cars would need to be reduced by 45 percent, while truck emissions would need to be reduced by 54 percent. Right now it's just a plan that is being developed, and has not been approved by the German government.
The idea is to boost electric vehicle production to combat climate change, and reduce Germany's dependence on foreign oil.
Germany currently ahs 25,000 licensed electric vehicles, and 130,000 hybrids. That's a drop in the bucket compared to the 30 million gas powered cars and 15 million diesels on the road in Germany.
Back in 2009 Merkel set a goal for Germany to have one-million electric vehicles on the road by 2020, and 6 million by 2030. Based on current trends Germany will fall far short of that goal, which is why the government has introduced 1.4-billion dollars in incentives for people to buy electrified vehicles. About half of those incentives come from German automakers like Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Audi, and others.
For More Perspective...watch this weeks' episode of the SST Car Show, which features a segment with a spokesperson from "Plug N Drive" at the Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show, who outlines what is new with the push to expand the electric vehicle market in Canada. Click the link above or CLICK HERE TO WATCH