German stimulus targets electric vehicles for COVID recovery

Megan Lampinen examines both the economic and environmental benefits promised by the German government's industry stimulus package

Europe is expected to take a particularly hard hit economically from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and governments are scrambling to find ways to support key industries. The automotive industry is a major focal point for many countries, including Germany, which has just outlined an economic stimulus package that includes specific measures for the transportation sector.

The move comes just days after France announced a similar programme. According to an official statement, the package is designed “to support families, companies and municipalities in coping better with the economic consequences of the corona pandemic… The stimulus package is also intended to stimulate private and public investments and to promote technological modernisation.”…

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