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Merkel Aims for Deal by March to Lift German Electric Cars Sales

  • Vice Chancellor Gabriel proposing incentives to boost demand
  • Schaeuble against using government funding to increase sales

Chancellor Angela Merkel’sgovernment is pushing for an agreement within the next month to boost electric car sales in Germany as demand for the environmentally friendly vehicles fails to take off in the country.

“Germany wants to be the leader in this new age of the automobile,” Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an e-mailed statement on Wednesday. “The government and automobile industry wish to develop a common action plan by March to do that.”