Coalition Agreement 2021 on Mobility and Transport

Coalition Agreement 2021 on Mobility and Transport
This is what ADAC, VDA and Daimler say about the traffic lights

15 million electric cars by 2030, accompanied driving from the age of 16, one million charging stations: that’s what ADAC, VDA and Daimler say about the car plans of the traffic light coalition.

The heads of the SPD, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen and FDP presented the coalition agreement on Wednesday (November 24th, 2021) in Berlin. The 177-page document is entitled “Dare to Progress – Alliance for Freedom, Justice and Sustainability.” The contract, on which the party congresses of the SPD and FDP on December 4th and 5th and the members of the Greens are still voting, contains detailed passages on the topics of mobility and transport. Here you will find a summary of the topics and goals as well as reactions from the automotive industry.

VDA: ambitious program

The Association of German Car Manufacturers (VDA) thinks that the new government coalition has “presented an ambitious program for the transformation towards a climate-neutral economy and society”. The association finds a task that must succeed and refers to the “mega-task” of the new government: Germany must “catch up and become significantly better” in almost all areas of infrastructure. The coalition has recognized this, praises the VDA, but notes critically that it now depends on the implementation. Some things still have to be concretized and formulated, said association president Hildegard Müller in a first statement on Thursday afternoon. She called for “ambitious quotas for e-fuels”. Germany must become a European pioneer in e-fuels. It is also important that Germany remain internationally competitive. Because “only an economically strong Germany can achieve the goals set,” continued Müller.

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Daimler boss Ola Källenius reacted positively to the new coalition agreement of the future federal government on Wednesday evening. He wrote on the LinkedIn career network: “When I first scanned the coalition agreement, I liked three numbers: 15 million electric cars, one million charging points and 80 percent renewable energies. These are three specific goals for 2030 that will support the transformation of the automotive industry in this decade . And they are in line with our strategy at Mercedes-Benz. This means that even more cars can become electric and electric cars really green. Higher investments, faster approval procedures and a digital breakthrough in the state, economy and society will also do us good. Ambitious climate protection and the improvement of Competitiveness – this combination moves us forward. “


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ADAC: balanced compromise

The ADAC “considers the coalition agreement between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP to be a balanced compromise”. The association calls for “climate protection and affordable mobility to be reconciled”, but misses “a statement on the further development of the distance allowance.” The ADAC considers the expiry of the innovation bonus for electric cars in 2025 to be appropriate. The association would have liked “an unequivocal commitment to e-fuels”.

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So what does the new government have in mind when it comes to automobiles? The three parties are very specific on some points. By 2030, i.e. in nine years, there are to be 15 million fully electric cars on German roads. There are currently around 517,000. A third of the vehicle population should therefore become electric. In the next nine years, on average, more than three times as many new electric cars would have to be registered as are currently on the road. Most recently, the one electric share of new registrations was just under 12 percent. So it would have to rise sharply.

Where are these cars supposed to load? According to the coalition agreement, the new government is planning one million charging stations by 2030. They should be accessible “publicly and without discrimination” – exclusive charging networks for its own customers would therefore not be included. Among other things, charging hubs and fast charging parks are to be created.

Plug-in hybrid with an electric range of 80 km

The coalition also wants to increase the minimum electric range of plug-in hybrid cars: They should be able to drive 80 kilometers electrically from August 1, 2023. The previous tax privilege for company car taxation of 0.5 instead of 1.0 percent for private use is only to apply if an electrical component of more than 50 percent is proven. From 2025, the flat-rate tax for electric cars will then amount to 0.5 (instead of the previous 0.25) percent. The innovation bonus will “no longer be required” after 2025.

Changes in driving license

Accompanied driving should be possible from the age of 16 and the monopoly on driving license tests should be lifted. The coalition agreement is not more specific at this point. In addition, digital applications such as digital parking space control are to come.

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The coalition of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP refers to the EU exit date of 2035 when it comes to the ban on new registrations for combustion engines. Also at the level of the European Union, work is currently underway on the new Euro 7 emissions standard. Here, the future federal government wants to “advocate the adoption of an ambitious and implementable pollutant standard” and “take into account value creation and jobs.” A strategy platform “Transformation of the automotive industry” is intended to accompany the change in industry and small and medium-sized companies; it has the “goal of climate neutrality, value creation and safeguarding jobs and training positions.”

More money for the train

What had already leaked out is made concrete in the coalition agreement: The government wants to work out a new federal transport routes and mobility plan in 2040. The goal is a Germany clock. Above all, more should be invested in the railways. The share of rail freight traffic is to increase to 25 percent by 203.

Less noise, more security

Noise pollution from traffic is to be reduced through noise abatement programs and new freight wagons.

The coalition wants to adapt the Road Traffic Act and the Road Traffic Regulations in such a way “that, in addition to the fluidity and safety of traffic, the goals of climate and environmental protection, health and urban development are taken into account in order to give states and municipalities the freedom to make decisions.” Safety is also on the coalition’s agenda: it should not be possible to switch off emergency braking and distance assistants in trucks. Turn assistants are compulsory and encouraged for trucks. However, the coalition agreement does not specify specific sums or periods.

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