Opinion: Why Germany Lags in Electric Cars

The race for the cars of the future has not yet started in earnest, but the participants are already jostling for pole position. US President Barack Obama recently stressed that investment was needed in electric vehicles now otherwise an opportunity would be missed, while Britain's Business Secretary Peter Mandelson claimed the leadership in the "low-carbon economy of the future" for his country. Meanwhile German Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee considers "cars powered by fossil fuels" to be "ready to be phased out."

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