Continued purchase bonuses bring even more cars into the cities?

Continued purchase bonuses bring even more cars into the cities?-bonuses

While the new government has already announced that the attractive purchase premiums for e-cars will be continued in 2022 and probably beyond, many are now critical of unspecific subsidies for all e-cars. If the new climate protection minister, Robert Habeck, is of course pursuing the climate policy goal of bringing 15 million electric vehicles onto German roads by 2030, city dwellers fear a further increase in car traffic in the inner cities, which are already hopelessly parked.

They argue that by promoting electric mobility in urban areas, the traffic situation in the city would not be good, but at best less bad. Fine dust and the stench of exhaust gases are reduced, but the space problem would not be solved. On the contrary: many city dwellers who have previously managed without a car sometimes consider buying an e-car because it would be climate-friendly. The incentives for an e-car in the city would also be higher than in the country: most charging stations are in the cities (e.g. public charging stations, charging points in multi-storey car parks, etc.), although there are better alternatives with public transport, car sharing and cycle paths. State-of-the-art fast charging stations would first be built in cities and along highways, not in the countryside. It is therefore advocated that public money in cities should only be made available for these alternatives, but not for the purchase of electric cars. The situation in the country is different, where the expansion of public transport is also a long time coming. Reasonable mobility without a car is hardly possible here, so subsidies for climate-friendly individual mobility would be justified.

A few years ago, scientists from the German Institute for Urban Studies pointed out in a summary of practical experiences from the German electromobility model regions that “citizens must support the introduction of electromobility”. However, it is to be expected that this line of argument will not be heard by those responsible in the federal government. The climate policy goal is still too far away, the purchase premiums too important to give potential buyers of electric cars the final impetus. So it remains up to the cities to steer the flow of cars in a sensible way.

Dutch municipalities are leading the way: at least 14 of them want to introduce emission-free zones for delivery traffic by 2025. This means that from this point on, only purely electrically powered delivery vans and trucks will be allowed to drive there. This emerges from an agenda signed by municipalities, transport companies and the Dutch Minister for the Environment, Stientje Van Veldhoven. According to the announcement, the number of municipalities in the Netherlands with such zero-emission zones is expected to increase to around 30 by the summer.

Sources: – No money for city dwellers’ e-cars//German Institute for Urban Studies – Electromobility in urban and traffic planning

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4 thoughts on “Continued purchase bonuses bring even more cars into the cities?”

  1. I think it would make more sense to increase parking space in cities, e.g.B. convert to bike lanes. The remaining parking spaces must become more expensive. In cities, cars are pure luxury, there are plenty of alternatives. That’s why I don’t see a social problem there.
    In the countryside, I find cars better than buses with 3 passengers. In addition, most of them have a private parking space where cars can be loaded.

  2. It’s not even necessary, a promotion delimitation for “city”, “urban” and “country” e-cars to invent … easy Combustion vehicle entry bans in city centers (defined in terms of time, height, weight, number of people or whatever …) and the city parking problem is solved for years!
    The noise and emissions problems (e.g.a. also NOx) anyway.

    By the way: For the transport associations of the big cities (Berlin/Hamburg/Munich/…) I would also like the €1/day = €365 ticket!

  3. You should basically consider whether it really has to be a 2-ton car.

    In the urban area with well-developed cycle paths, weather-protected 4-wheel pedelecs with space for 2 adults or. 1 adult and 2 children as well as space for shopping are perfectly adequate for most purposes. With around 100 kg and small batteries, it also saves resources.

    Perhaps the legislature will increase the speed of the starting aid from 6 km/h for pedelecs, so that you can also pedal without pedaling, e.g.B. could drive it at 15 km/h. The pedelec providers would have to lower the price, because 8.000 to 9.000 euros for 4-wheel pedelecs are clearly too expensive for that.

    Dacia Spring Electric (1045 kg curb weight) should be made 20 to 30 cm longer so that 2 adults could sit well on the back seats. The seats and steering wheel should also be improved.

    The L6e vehicles (approx. 500 kg curb weight) could use more comfort and equipment, then they would also be an alternative to the 1 to 2-ton car for drivers over 18 in urban areas.

  4. Young people will reclaim their cities. Of course, it is counterproductive when the boomer car generation now buys eSUVs that weigh tons and thinks they are environmentally friendly and can drive anywhere.

    But in the medium term, closures and congestion charges will reduce individual traffic in the cities to a reasonable level


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