Goal of the federal government: five million gap in electric cars?


Status: 01/28/2022 11:08 a.m

According to the will of the federal government, a total of 15 million electric cars should be rolling on German roads by 2030. According to a study, this is not enough to achieve the climate target for transport.

According to an analysis by the Wuppertal Institute, significantly more electric cars will be needed by 2030 than the federal government is aiming for in order to achieve the climate targets in transport. According to the study commissioned by the environmental organization Greenpeace, five million more e-cars would have to replace vehicles with combustion engines in addition to the 15 million fully electric cars currently targeted.

“In order to ensure that emissions from car traffic do not exceed 52 million tons per year, at least 20 million electric cars must be registered in Germany in 2030,” says Greenpeace traffic expert Tobias Austrup. The switch from combustion engines to electric cars must therefore be “significantly faster than the traffic light has planned so far.”

EU wants internal combustion engine ban from 2035

According to the study, with the government’s e-car target for 2030, CO2 emissions from car traffic would not fall to 52 million tons as necessary, but would still cause 64 million tons of CO2. Further measures are necessary to accelerate the drive turnaround.

According to Austrup, the most effective would include the introduction of a new registration tax for CO2-intensive cars, a higher CO2 price, a comprehensive reform of company car taxation and a ban on new registrations for cars with petrol and diesel engines from 2025.

According to EU plans, vehicles with combustion engines will no longer be permitted from 2035. The coalition agreement between the SPD, Greens and FDP states that, according to the proposals of the EU Commission, only CO2-neutral vehicles will be permitted in the transport sector in Europe by 2035 – in Germany this will have an earlier impact. So far, however, there is no ban in this country.

Drive reversal as a “relevant adjusting screw”

The drive turnaround is not the only factor in climate protection in traffic, but it is a very relevant factor, writes traffic expert Austrup: “It promises faster significant emission reductions than the mobility turnaround, i.e. avoiding and shifting car journeys to climate-friendly alternatives such as public transport or the Bicycle.” At almost two thirds, car traffic is responsible for the majority of traffic emissions.

According to data from the Federal Motor Transport Authority, there are currently around 650,000 purely electric cars on German roads – with a fleet of more than 48 million cars.


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