Germany won't be providing government incentives for electric vehicles, the country's transport minister, Peter Ramsauer, said Monday.
"I am decidedly against expensive purchasing incentives," he said in a press release. "Especially in times of tight money a country cannot afford to get into an expensive subsidies competition."
Many countries, including China and France,have introduced sizeable incentives for car buyers to purchase electric vehicles. These incentives can come in the form of cash rebates, tax benefits or other measures.
Ramsauer was commenting on the release of the second report of Germany National Platform Electro-Mobility (NPE). The NPE, which groups industry and political representatives, is drawing up a roadmap to help the government achieve its electric-vehicle goals.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has committed Germany to putting 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020. By 2030, she is hoping for 6 million vehicles..
Though Germany opposes incentives, it is committing more funds to r&d that will help underpin a new electric-veicle industry and infrastructure. Berlin is doubling its investment to 1 billion euros in the next two years.
Research Minister Annette Schavan said battery research in particular will be a focus of this stepped-up research activity