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This July, Germany will reach its goal of having 1 million electric cars on the road, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Friday. This is a milestone that Germany expected to reach six months ago, but nevertheless, a milestone that many believed was unattainable.
In an article published in Der Taggesspiegel, Altmaier said that this achievement is partially due to government subsidy programs that boosted the adoption of electric vehicles. At this rate, Germany may even surpass its long-term goal of bringing 7-10 million electric vehicles onto its roads by the end of the decade.
Although electric vehicles are growing in popularity throughout Europe, Germany has more EV registrations this year than any other European country. Between January and May, Germany registered 248,000 electric vehicles.
Even during a pandemic year, the trend was undisputable: Sales of fully electric vehicles increased three-fold in the year 2020 as e-mobility becomes more mainstream. By the end of 2020, fully electric vehicles made up 1.2 percent of all passenger cars in the country.
From the environmental benefits to tax advantages and the increase in affordable electric car options, many Germans are choosing to make the switch to electric.
Editor, The Week in Germany