“It was the government that set the target at one million, so it’s on the government to pull its weight.”
Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry VDA, welcomes the report presented by the National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE), which outlines the country’s shortcomings. He calls on the government to act.
“We had a slower ramp up than originally anticipated. The numbers now are running where we expected them to be.”
BMW sales chief Ian Robertson is positive that sales of the all-electric BMW i3 will continue to rise in 2015, surpassing 20,000 units. The same goal had been set for this year, but only 12,000 cars had been sold by the end of October.
“We know from our research that ‘range anxiety’ is one of the major concerns motorists have when considering an ultra-low emission vehicle. The news that you’ll never be more than 20 miles from a chargepoint means that this worry will no longer be a factor.”
Alex Michaelides, spokesperson for the Go Ultra Low campaign, comments on plans by the British government to invest 15 million pounds to install thousands of new EV charge points at key locations across the UK’s road network by 2020.
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