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18 May, 2011 - Published 16:06 GMT
Germany to invest in more electric cars
The German government has approved more money to help companies that build electric cars. There are only around 2,500 electric vehicles registered on German roads at present. The plan is to increase this figure to a million by 2020. Stephen Evans reports:
Germany plans to double financial aid, particularly to develop better, lighter batteries, which remain the brake on the technology's mass appeal. Cars which emit virtually no carbon dioxide will be exempt from tax.
Despite its green reputation, Germany has been slower than other countries, like Japan, to develop electric cars.
It now aims to change this, but attitudes may be hard to change. It is a country where 'no speed limits on the motorway' is seen as sacrosanct.
And it is the country of the BMW (car), though the luxury car-maker is now trying to develop lighter materials to make its vehicles greener.
Stephen Evans, BBC News, Berlin
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