When it comes to electric-car incentives, Germany hasn't had policies as aggressive as those in some other European countries.

Yet Germany has a goal of putting 1 million plug-in cars on its roads by 2020.

Today, it's a long way from meeting that goal.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged this in a recent speech, saying the country needed to implement incentives as it pushes electric-car adoption, according to Bloomberg.

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Merkel hopes offering incentives like the tax breaks and cash rebates available in other countries will rapidly grow the number of plug-in cars on German roads beyond the current total of around 24,000.

The announcement follows the introduction of legislation in September that would give owners free parking and access to bus lanes.

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More electric cars will require more charging stations as well, so there's also a plan to augment the country's existing network of 4,800 stations with 400 new ones at rest stops on the famous autobahns.

Germany will need to concentrate specifically on building a network of DC fast-charging stations, argued Stefan Bratzel--director of the Center of Automotive Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch.

He said Germany is still in the "wild electro-west."

2016 Audi A3 e-tron - First Drive

2016 Audi A3 e-tron - First Drive

Whether or not these plans are put into action, German buyers will at least soon have a wide range of plug-in models to choose from.

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Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz all plan to augment their lineups with a variety of plug-in hybrids over the next few years.

The German luxury establishment is also poised to take on Tesla Motors with battery-electric cars. Audi recently hinted that it has a "family car" with a 280-mile range in the works, and BMW and Mercedes are likely to follow with comparable models as well.


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