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Recommendations for action from the German Government promote sustainable mobility and strengthen Germany as an industrial location

Berlin, 12 June 2013

“The German Government’s Mobility and Fuel Strategy can make a valuable contribution to achieving the very ambitious targets for saving CO 2 and energy,” said VDA President Matthias Wissmann, commenting on the strategy passed by the Cabinet today. “The VDA supports the planned research funding for second generation biofuels, the public procurement programme for energy-efficient vehicles and continuation of the ‘National Platform for Electric Mobility’ and ‘ National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme’ initiatives.”

“In the next three to four years, manufacturers and suppliers will invest around 12 billion euro in the development of alternative drive trains. That accounts for 40 per cent of all investments in the transmission. By supporting the vast research expenditure of industry with long-term measures at universities, research institutes and pilot projects, the German Government is strengthening Germany as a location for industry, academia and business. The recommendations for action formulated in the Government’s Mobility and Fuel Strategy should now be realised promptly,” Wissmann said.

Government, industry and academia were coming to an understanding within the Mobility and Fuel Strategy on the prospects for fossil fuels and fuels based on renewable sources of energy, on new drive train technologies and the necessary supply infrastructures. The Mobility and Fuel Strategy envisages that alternative fuels and drive trains will be identified which can be used on a broad scale. They should reduce CO 2 emissions and increase the proportion of renewable energy used by traffic.

“We welcome the fact that the strategy intends to promote natural gas and aim for transparent fuel labelling. The tax rate applicable to natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas must be differentiated because alongside the alternative drive trains, the new fuels also play a major role in the efforts towards continual CO 2 reduction,” the VDA president emphasised. The German Government had announced that it would examine the possibility of an extended, but regressive tax reduction. The Mobility and Fuel Strategy is intended to be adjusted at regular intervals and is planned as a learning strategy by the German Government. “The VDA supports this process,” Wissmann stated.

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