The decision from Brussels that BMW should receive fewer subsidies for the BMW i3 than BMW has applied for, calculated, expected and planned is again typical of the EU. Because BMW is so successful, the company should get less money. The decision of the EU Commission against which BMW is now - consequently - taking legal action should be interpreted in this and no other way.
The EU commissioners had argued that of the planned 45 million euros, only 17 million would be required for BMW to invest in the construction of electric cars. What a strange argument, of all things, from the competition keepers, who at the same time think that the Volkswagen Group may receive regional aid of almost 44 million euros.
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In view of the gigantic investments made by manufacturers in the development and research of e-mobility, these funding amounts are only drops on red-hot stones. In comparison to the necessary resources, really only peanuts.
The EU and the Federal Government are pretending to do everything possible to help electric mobility make a breakthrough. The Chancellor is happy to refer to countries in which electric cars are already a hit. For example in Norway. This success is not due to the high level of environmental awareness among the Norwegians, but rather massive government funding. There is free electricity for refueling! Taxes are neither levied on the purchase (25 percent VAT!) Nor on operation, and the state increases up to 50 percent on the purchase price of an electric vehicle. Oslo is now considered the world capital of electromobility. The fact that the electricity generated primarily from hydropower only costs five cents per kilowatt hour makes it easy to refuel free of charge. But in principle the extensive e-promotion in Norway is the reason for the increase in sales of electric cars. The German government should also reconsider its stance on support measures. This applies to the entire EU, which otherwise even financially rewards the destruction of crop yields.
The reduction in BMW funding is “incomprehensible” to the group. And BWM also says: “Also because the EU Commission says it wants to support and promote the importance of vehicles with alternative drives.” In this respect, the decision “must be comprehensively checked for its factual correctness”.
The carmaker has so far referred to around 400 million euros for the production of electric vehicles, which BMW alone invested in the Leipzig plant. A scope that also had a positive impact on the job market. 800 jobs were created in the i-production - from January to the end of June the Bavarian carmaker rolled around 5.400 copies of the electric car off the assembly line.
Whether funding or not: automakers are intensively pushing ahead with the development of electric mobility. A leap forward can be achieved if the annoying cable handling when charging the batteries is eliminated. BMW and Daimler are therefore developing an inductive charging system together. The vehicle is driven by a charging station that charges the batteries wirelessly. You can read more about the project here: BMW: inductive charging.
Certainly an essential point to make driving with battery power even more attractive.