The German auto industry has called on the possible traffic light coalition made up of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP State purchase premium for plug-in hybrids and receive the commuter allowance. “Currently, the electric car, including the plug-in hybrids, is even more expensive than the combustion engine. Therefore, the premiums for a rapid ramp-up of e-mobility, as is politically prescribed, are still necessary,” said the president of the association the automotive industry (VDA), Hildegard Müller, the “Rheinische Post” (Saturday).
The VDA is therefore proposing to couple state funding to electrical use in the future. “If, for example, it can be proven that a hybrid is mainly driven electrically, there should continue to be state support,” said Müller. “As long as the charging infrastructure has not yet been expanded, we need hybrid funding. For many, especially in rural regions, the plug-in hybrid is still the best choice.” Plug-in hybrids combine an electric drive with a combustion engine.
Lindner questions funding
FDP boss Christian Lindner had questioned the funding for hybrid cars. “For example, we are spending one billion euros in subsidies for plug-in vehicles that have no secure ecological benefit,” he said recently. For reasons of climate protection, the Greens are pushing for the end of the commuter flat rate.
For many people, driving is an indispensable means of commuting to work, 50 percent of all car journeys are for work, said the VDA President. Alternatives are often not available. “The commuter allowance is an important social compensation and it should be preserved.” (dpa / gem)
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