Electric trucks to be exempted from motorway toll
The German federal government wants to support electric vehicle adoption in the trucking industry, reports Markus Balser in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “From 1 January 2019, electric trucks will be exempt from the motorway toll for trucks. This is a big incentive for logistics companies to switch to environmentally friendly vehicles,” German transport minister Andreas Scheuer told the newspaper. Scheuer presented the programme at a two-day cabinet retreat in Meseberg near Berlin as “a measure to improve air quality in our cities”. Operators could save an average of 5,000 euros annually per truck, writes Balser.
Read the article in German here.
For background, read the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector, and the interview with Scheuer Germany's car-loving transport minister faces clean mobility challenge.