Climate change: Companies are calling for reforms to switch to e-mobility


    Switching to electrically powered vehicles is considered essential for meeting climate targets. A group of companies are now calling for concrete measures to speed up the change.

    In order to accelerate the transition to e-mobility, several companies are calling for a reform of company car taxation as part of the planned immediate climate protection program. Ikea, Aldi Süd and eleven other companies appeal in a joint letter to the Federal Ministers of Economics, Transport and Finance published on Friday.

    “Two out of three new cars in Germany are registered as company cars. These new registrations should be fully electric as soon as possible, because after a few years they will be available to the public as affordable used cars.

    The companies are also demanding support for the “ambitious European fleet limits”, “ambitious and needs-based targets for the charging infrastructure” and “super write-offs for purely battery-electric company cars”. These measures aim to accelerate the transition to electric mobility, which is essential to meet the government’s 2030 climate targets, it said.

    “In order to achieve the climate goals set by the federal government, emissions in traffic must be reduced very quickly,” said Jan Lorch from the management of outdoor outfitter Vaude. Everything should now be done to accelerate electromobility in companies. “Unfortunately, since little is being done on a voluntary basis, we are calling for concrete measures as soon as possible.”