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    Germany to reduce financial incentives to buy electric cars

    BERLIN (AP) – The German government plans to reduce incentive payments for buyers of electric cars and end incentives for buying plug-in hybrids at the end of this year.

    The government had announced shortly after taking office in December that, starting in 2023, it would only provide payments for electric vehicles that “demonstrably have a positive climate-protection effect”.

    It unveiled details of the new system on Tuesday.

    At present, buyers of electric-only cars are eligible for incentives of up to EUR6,000 and people who buy plug-in hybrids can get up to EUR4,500.

    The Economy and Climate Ministry said the number of electric cars on the road is rising fast, with the total expected to near two million this year. They “are becoming ever more popular and will need no state subsidies in the foreseeable future”, Minister Robert Habeck said in a statement.

    An electric car is charged at the Motor Show in Essen, Germany. PHOTO: AP

    Starting in January, incentives for electric and fuel-cell cars will be cut to EUR4,500 apiece for vehicles with a list price of up to EUR40,000 and to EUR3,000 for cars costing EUR40,000-EUR65,000.

    From September next year, incentives will be limited to private individuals, though the government is considering allowing small businesses and charitable organisations to remain eligible.

    From January 2024, incentives will be cut to EUR3,000 for vehicles priced at up to EUR45,000 and scrapped for more expensive cars.

    The funding will also be capped, and incentives will end once it is exhausted. German news agency dpa, citing unidentified government officials, reported that the total available for 2023 and 2024 will be EUR3.4 billion.

    The government wants to have at least 15 million fully electric cars on the road by 2030. It also aims to step up efforts against climate change by expanding the use of renewable energy and bringing Germany’s exit from coal-fired power forward from 2038, “ideally” to 2030.

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