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What is the vision for 2020? What are the main elements of the electric mobility system?

Electric mobility protects the climate, environment and resources, promotes technological innovations and enables new business models. It is a task that encompasses all sections of society and covers a great deal more than just electric vehicles. Numerous components – from drive technologies to charging infrastructure – come together to form the electric mobility system. At the heart of this are the users. To ensure that they can choose from a range of offerings and that only the best technologies and services win through, the German National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE) pursues an approach that is market-orientated and open to different technologies.

The measures

The prerequisites for achieving the targets have been met. More than 30 vehicle models by German manufacturers are currently available on the market, across all vehicle segments. So far, the range includes the battery-powered electric vehicles discussed by the NPE as well as plug-in hybrids and range extender vehicles – and it continues to grow. Moreover, the user is offered attractive products and services such as mobility cards or eCarsharing.

Different measures adopted and implemented by the German Federal Government form the basis for this development:

  • Since 2011: Monetary measures such as exempting battery electric vehicles from the vehicle tax or establishing a loss compensation.
  • Since 2011: Research and development according to the NPE roadmaps.
  • Since 2015: Legal measures, especially the electric mobility law.
  • As of july 2016: Environmental Bonus of 4,000 euros for battery-powered electric vehicles and 3,000 euros for plug-in hybrids. Applications can be submitted by private users, companies, foundations and associations. The subsidy is borne to equal shares by the Federal Government and the automotive industry. Overall, the funding amounts to EUR 1.2 billion euros. (Further information on the application requirements can be found here.)
  • Public procurement program: Replacement of 20 percent of the public fleets with electric vehicles until 2017.
  • 300 million Euros worth of public investment in a publicly accessible charging infrastructure until the end of 2020.


For the subsequent (2017 until 2020) the NPE recommends the following accompanying measures:

  • Continuing research and development with new focus areas; ensuring federal funding in the amount of 360 million euros per annum from 2017 to 2020 .
  • Supporting business decisions for a long-term integrated cell and battery production in Germany.
  • Implementing the adopted public funding scheme for a publicly accessible charging infrastructure until the end of 2020 and ensuring its supplementation by private investment by means of a joint investment programme of 550 million euros.
  • Establishing and improving  legal framework conditions, for instance in tenancy and commonhold property law (regarding the installation of private charging points or the designation of parking spaces with the according charging infrastructure) or for the construction of railway stations or council housing.


With the existing package of measures, a leading market with one million electric vehicles can still be achieved. However, with view to uncertainties such as the development of the oil price, it is advisable to observe the further market ramp-up and, if necessary, adapt the funding accordingly.

Predicted marktet ramp-up until 2020 (Quelle: NPE)