“Regulation puts the breaks on electric cars”
A rule governing taxi registration is holding up the transition to e-vehicles, Martin Buchenau writes for Handelsblatt. As of the end of 2016, only vehicles manufactured for use as taxis may be registered. The regulation is aimed at preventing tampering with taxi meters, but also means that electric cars cannot be repurposed as taxis. Models like the Opel Ampera-E and Tesla Mark 3 would be well suited for use as taxis, but under the current regulation, would have to be converted before they are sold.
See the article in German here.