German Official Says 100 Percent Zero Emissions Cars Needed by 2030
Slow Adoption of EVs, Hybrids Makes Goal Tougher to Achieve
Germany is often thought of as being a leader in technology, transportation, luxury goods, and even environmental policy, being the world’s largest per-capita producer and consumer of solar power. However, in one critical area, Germany is lagging behind much of the rest of the developed world, and because it’s coming up from the rear, it will have a tougher time meeting emissions goals. In a Bloomberg report, Deputy Interior Minister Rainer Baake said that meeting the goal of cutting CO2 emissions by 80 to 95 percent by 2050 will require all new light vehicles sold in 2030 to be zero emission vehicles.
The report claims there has been no substantial reduction in CO2 emissions in the transport segment since 1990. Although population growth has been flat, if not slightly negative, since that time, the stagnation in emissions is reflective of German car buyers’ largely indifferent attitude toward hybrid and electric vehicles. Like most of the rest of Europe, Germany favors diesel cars due to subsidized fuel costs and the balance between fuel efficiency and performance. In order to jump-start sales of electrics and hybrids, the German government has proposed cash incentives for buyers of hybrid and electric cars. Sales of full EVs are could reach eight percent of vehicles on the road by 2025. All of Germany’s major automakers have pledged to bring full-electric vehicles in multiple segments to the market by 2020.