Taxi Association calls for more funding for retrofitting to e-cars

Released on 09.10. 2021

  • Including a manufacturer’s share, a subsidy of up to 9000 Euro possible – that’s not enough for the taxi association. Photo: Marijan Murat

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Until 2030 the passenger transport be largely emission-free. For this, the taxi association demands more money: So far there is a maximum of 5700 euros for a retrofit – now there is talk of 15. 000 Euro.

Berlin (dpa) – The Federal Association of Taxi and Rental Cars has presented a plan to convert their fleets to electric cars and is calling for higher state funding.

«It’s about nothing less than replacing the previous taxi fleet with emission-free vehicles, ”said managing director Michael Oppermann of the German press agency. With a “Federal eTaxi timetable” a largely emission-free passenger transport up to 2030 should be achieved. «40. 000 Vehicles, that are about 80 Percent of the entire taxi fleet in Germany should run on electricity by then. ”

The federal government had significantly increased the purchase premiums for e-cars: Including a manufacturer’s share is for purely battery-operated cars Vehicles can be funded up to 9000 euros. That is not enough for the taxi association.

Until 2025 a quarter of the Fleet be electrified

The claim is based on the consequences of the pandemic and the importance of taxis. “Taxis drive about eight times as many kilometers a year as a private car,” said Oppermann. According to the taxi association, a quarter of the fleet should be electrified by 2023

Specifically, the association demands that state funding for retrofitting from January 2023 at 15. 000 Euro starts to promote the quick changeover. The funding should then fall continuously to around 2030 euros after eight years.

The “Federal eTaxi timetable” costs a total of 80 million euros, according to Oppermann. “The benefit is immeasurable: clean air in town and country and significantly better quality of life.”

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