ELECTRIC CAR PARK FREE OF CHARGE.
Free parking and special traces.
By passing the Electromobility law, the Federal Government intends to promote the use of renewable energy. By 2020, the number of electricity providers in Germany is set to rise to one million - this will hopefully inspire a growth in electric car owners who will enjoy the following privileges:
- Exemption from parking fees.
- Free travel on bus lanes and other restricted routes and roads.
- Extra parking spaces, which can only be used by electric cars.
The Act is limited until 31 December 2026 with the benefits applying to all electric cars and hybrid models that emit less than 50 grams of CO2 per kilometer. To ensure that the privileges are only used by the e-community, a large ‘E’ will be emblazoned on the number plates of the cars.
E-offensive starts slowly.
As good as this project sounds in theory, in practice the implementation has been slow. The reason? The law is not mandatory for local governments.
Other obstacles include resistance to driving in the bus lanes. Many large cities rejected the special right on the grounds that additional vehicles in bus lanes would interfere with public transport. The provision of free parking space also struggled to resonate because of the loss of potential revenue from parking fees for local governments.
However, it’s not all bad news - at least in terms of parking. Since the beginning of 2017, many cities throughout Germany have created extra parking spaces for electric cars. Most of them can be used free of charge.
Government and carers are required.
Even with the promise of added privileges, the ambitious goal of one million electric cars by 2020 is a big ask in Germany, even though in 2016 a new purchase bonus and 10-year exemption from car tax were added.
Here you can find out which benefits you can expect when buying an electric car.
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What can we take away from this? Well, one thing is clear; electric cars with high-range rechargeable batteries, an extensive network of e-filling stations and faster loading times are more powerful arguments than road traffic privileges or buying premiums.
And this seems to be a message that is slowly hitting home. In March 2017 the German government released 300 million Euros to invest in a sustainable optimization of the e-infrastructure.
Further encouragement came in 2017 when Opel presented a new electric car model that can stand toe-to-toe with petrol and diesel vehicles: the Ampera-e can achieve a distance of 380 kilometers per day (WLTP cycle) on one charge.