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E-license plate: This is how electric cars benefit from the “E” license plate

This is how electric car drivers benefit from the “E” sign

The e-license plate offers owners of e-cars and hybrids special advantages. They range from free charging to driving on the bus lane. These are the privileges for electric car drivers.

B.e owners of electric cars can special license plate Apply with an “E” at the end and take advantage of certain advantages in road traffic. The regulation for E-license also applies Season and change indicators. Sometimes drivers of cars with such an E-license plate are allowed to park free of charge, they can charge for free or drive in the bus lane – but only if the respective one Commune has created the conditions for this on site. This has been made possible since 2015 by the Electromobility Act (short: EmoG). This law allows the municipalities to issue special regulations for vehicles with no local or very low emissions. However, it does not require that these rules be enacted. Still, which ones exactly.

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Who gets the E-license plate?

Next battery electric vehicles and those with Fuel cell According to EmoG, “externally chargeable” hybrid cars (Plug-in hybrids, PHEV) if they either emit a maximum of 50 grams of CO2 per kilometer or at least 40 kilometers in fully electric operation create. hybridthat were registered for the first time before January 1, 2018, must be able to drive 30 kilometers purely electrically. Whether a specific vehicle can get an E-license plate also depends on the Vehicle class from. It has to be either a car, a mobile home, a delivery van up to 3.5 tons, a motorcycle, a trike or a quad. Vans only get the license plate if they are allowed to be driven with a class B driving license with a gross vehicle weight of up to 4250 kilograms.

Where can I get the E-license plate?

Holders get the E-license plate in the Admission Office. As with any car, you need the vehicle’s papers, proof of insurance, proof of the passed HU and ID card. If the registration office requires proof that the car meets the requirements of the EmoG, this can be requested from the manufacturer. An E-label can be used with a New registration as well as one existing approval be requested. At first glance it might seem absurd, but a car with an e-license plate also needs one Environmental badge.

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These are the advantages for the E-license

BMW i3 - e-cars on the bus lanes

The municipalities are responsible for releasing bus lanes for electromobility. It is controversial.

© Frank Stange

So far, the E-license plate is in many places different legal systems underlying, a patchwork quilt was created. The municipalities can grant these privileges:

• Park free of charge in public parking areas
• the use of special lanes such as bus lanes
• No validity of access restrictions or driving bans
• Free charging at local municipal utilities

Free or discounted parking spaces are usually specially marked. Or the rule applies to an entire region. Here are some regional examples:

Advantages for e-cars in Berlin

In Berlin the advantages are rather meager. E-cars can park for free at public charging stations while they are charging, otherwise not.

Advantages for e-cars in Dortmund

Vehicles with the E-license plate have been allowed to use a few bus lanes since 2017. However, the routes are outside the center. You can park for free at a total of 18 locations.

Advantages for e-cars in Düsseldorf

Two “environmental lanes” are being created in Düsseldorf for test purposes, which, in addition to bicycles, buses and taxis, can also be used by electric vehicles.

Advantages for e-cars in Essen

In Essen (as well as in Karlsruhe) it is allowed for e-cars to use the bus lanes on designated road sections. E-drivers are also allowed to drive on some streets that are closed to normal car traffic.

Advantages for e-cars in Frankfurt

Free parking spaces at charging stations are reserved for electric cars in Frankfurt, regardless of the charging process.

Advantages for e-cars in Hamburg

In the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, e-cars with a parking disc can be parked free of charge in all parking spaces with parking ticket machines until the end of the maximum parking period. Between 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. this is unlimited and without a parking disc.

Advantages for e-cars in Cologne

In Cologne, e-cars can park free of charge at a charging station for the duration of the charging process. The corresponding parking spaces are signposted.

Advantages for e-cars in Leipzig

Parking for four hours at a charging station is free in Leipzig. But there must be a parking disc in the car.

Advantages for e-cars in Munich

Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., electric vehicles can be parked at a charging station free of charge for a maximum of four hours if they are connected. There is no fundamental, unlimited exemption from parking fees.

Advantages for e-cars in Stuttgart

Electric car drivers may park their vehicle with an E-license plate free of charge in publicly managed, otherwise chargeable parking lots and in residential parking areas.

In addition, there are numerous other smaller cities in which certain privileges apply to vehicles with an E-license plate. But what is allowed in one municipality can be done in the next Administrative offense mean. The e-car driver should therefore obtain detailed information. In addition, there are other reasons why the E-mark controversial is. Environmental groups criticize that too eligible cars also large-volume hybrid vehicles count that meet the required range in electric mode, but consume a lot of fuel in the subsequent combustion mode.

* Further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions and, if applicable, the power consumption of new cars can be found in the “Guide to Official Fuel Consumption”, which is available free of charge at all sales outlets and from “Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH” (www .dat.de).

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