Germany is on track to significantly greener public transportation. The European commission approved an $86.4 million plan for Germany to buy electric buses and install special charging stations. The new plan aims to be in line with the EU’s strategy on low-emission transportation to create a new market of vehicles that are energy efficient.
“In line with the EU environmental goals, it will give public transport operators an incentive to invest in low or zero emissions vehicles with the clear objective of reducing CO2 emissions and improving air quality.” European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, stated.
The move to greener transport options is also in line with Energiewende — Germany’s long-term energy policy to switch to more renewable energy sources. The policy provides subsidies to families that go green like those who manage wind farms or those who use solar panel roofs. Germany spent $222 billion since 2000 on those subsides.