Germany criticises Chinese plans for e-car quota
Top representatives of the German government have criticised Chinese plans to impose a mandatory quota for e-cars by 2018, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Beijing erected market barriers that discriminate against German and other European carmakers, writes FAZ. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said Germany needed protection from unfair competition conditions. According to FAZ, China aims to obtain 70 percent of its e-cars from domestic producers in 2020.
For background on German manufacturers' struggle to shift to decarbonised mobility, see the CLEW dossier The Energiewende and German carmakers.