Vehicle fleet operators have the opportunity to produce this energy directly on-site, for instance with their own photovoltaic (PV) installations. And the range of vehicles available is continuously growing. Over 130 models in total now qualify for the electric car subsidy from the German government, including passenger cars from BMW, Citroën, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, smart, Tesla and VW. The complete list of the vehicles that are eligible for subsidies is available for download at www.bafa.de. New models are appearing on the market each month, with a wide variety of vehicles already available in all price ranges.
“The framework conditions for e-mobility are better than ever before.” Philippe Vangeel, General Secretary of the European Association for Electromobility (AVERE), has recorded significant increases in turnover in all European countries and reports that many regions have already set up good charging networks. “We’ve reached a stage where there aren’t really many obstacles standing in the way of the mass deployment of e-mobility.”
Property owners who constructed a photovoltaic installation in Germany at the start of the 2000s feed all of their electricity into the public power grid. However, feed-in tariffs will soon no longer be paid for these old systems. According to the German Solar Association, this will affect a good 10,000 PV installations in 2021, with this figure rising by a factor of 20 by 2026.