Federal election 2021: party plans from CDU, SPD, Greens to the car

What is in store for drivers after the federal election? Will everyone have to switch to e-cars soon? How long can there be cars with combustion engines? Are the city centers being closed for cars? AUTO BILD has evaluated interviews and rolled out the election programs – from CDU / CSU (140 or 32 pages) to Alliance 90 / The Greens (272 pages) to the SPD (66 pages)!

What is the position of the CDU, the Greens and the SPD on the speed limit?

▶ ︎ CDU: The CDU is expressly against a speed limit.
▶ ︎ Green: The word does not appear once in the entire election manifesto! But on page 33 it comes up: Tempo 30 should be the rule in built-up areas, 130 km / h on motorways (in metropolitan areas even only 120). A speed limit is likely the first move a new government will take if the Greens were there.
▶ ︎ SPD: The SPD wants to introduce a speed limit of 130 km / h on motorways.

How do the parties feel about driving bans in cities?

▶ ︎ CDU: The CDU rejects a diesel driving ban.
▶ ︎ Green: In the cities, the Greens want to “redistribute” the space (in favor of cyclists and pedestrians), create traffic-calmed and car-free districts and “unseal” areas. The establishment of pop-up cycle paths is to be made easier for test purposes. Municipalities should be given a free hand to abolish car parking spaces or convert them into bicycle parking spaces. The fines for parking on bike paths or footpaths are to be increased. The Greens want to introduce “European models of success” such as the city toll and a local transport tax.
▶ ︎ SPD: Driving bans are not mentioned in the election manifesto of the SPD.

What are the parties planning regarding cars with internal combustion engines?

Exhaust with exhaust gases

When it comes to “cars with internal combustion engines”, the Greens in particular take an explicit position.

▶ ︎ CDU: Germany should continue to build “the best cars in the world”, demands the CDU – “with all types of drive”. The CDU wants to develop a timetable for the switch to emission-free mobility. For this purpose, synthetic fuels (“e-fuels”) and hydrogen should also be considered on an equal footing.
▶ ︎ Green: “In the next ten years, automobile traffic must finally make a strong contribution to climate protection.” By 2030, 15 million electric vehicles are to be in use in Germany, from 2030 only zero-emission vehicles are to be registered. The subsidy is to be rebuilt; Vehicles should be promoted graded according to climate friendliness, also light vehicles such. B. the Renault Twizy could then be part of it in the future. The Greens also want to promote the conversion of combustion engines to electric cars. The tax subsidy for diesel fuel is to be abolished.
▶ ︎ SPD: Burners are not mentioned in the election manifesto of the SPD. The SPD has decided on Tempo 130 for a long time. Such a speed limit would help reduce emissions – not a huge one, but effective.

What are the plans for road safety?

▶ ︎ CDU: “The CDU wants to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries in road traffic to zero, and assistance systems are to be massively promoted for this purpose.”
▶ ︎ Green: “Our goal is Vision Zero, ie no more fatalities and serious injuries in traffic.” Speed ​​limits (see above) as well as the promotion of assistance systems serve this purpose.
▶ ︎ SPD: In the interests of cyclists, the SPD wants to make traffic so safe that there are no more traffic fatalities (“Vision Zero”).

What are the plans for electromobility and e-cars?

Wallbox charging station

“Electromobility” is an important topic for all three parties – but with different approaches.

▶ ︎ CDU: That Charging station network the CDU wants to expand so that in the future there will be a fast charging option every ten minutes by car. The payment system is to be standardized. “We want to support taxi companies, driving and delivery services in the changeover to zero-emission cars through special depreciation, including for charging stations.” the CSU also plans to have taxis, driving and delivery services a Special depreciation for zero-emission vehicles obtain. The federal funding program for Electric buses be expanded. In addition, the CSU is planning to network all modes of transport from trains to scooters in a mobility app, and to make them affordable and orderable.

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▶ ︎ Green: The car is indispensable in the country, and the Greens accept that too. Nevertheless, they want to ensure that mobility is available to everyone there – including everyone without a driver’s license. “That Electric car is a future-proof solution, especially in the package with solar systems on the roof, a power storage unit in the basement and a wall charging station in the garage. “At the same time, car sharing with car sharing stations should be available across the board.
▶ ︎ SPD: “The future belongs to electric drives.” The German auto industry should remain the lead industry. We aim to have at least 15 million fully electric cars by 2030. At the same time, the SPD wants to be in Germany Battery cell production and battery recycling support massively. Also the development of the Fuel cell as a drive concept for heavy goods traffic is to be promoted vigorously. Germany is to become the “lead market for hydrogen technologies” by 2030.

How do the parties feel about road construction?

A8 motorway in Bavaria

On the subject of “road construction”, all parties read a lot about public transport – and even about cycling.

▶ ︎ CDU: “We will maintain our transport network with rails, roads and waterways and make them future-proof.” That means further investments, including in new roads. Even more Bike paths are to be created within the framework of the National Cycling Plan. Traffic loads for cities and villages are to be reduced through better public transport, but also through bypasses. Traffic jam focal points The CDU also wants to fight against motorways and federal highways by expanding them, because: “Less traffic jams mean more climate protection.” Municipalities should be able to identify priority routes for bicycles.
▶ ︎ Green: Germany should become a cycling country with a gapless one Bicycle network. Cycle paths should be laid out parallel to and on an equal footing with federal traffic routes (motorways and federal highways). In addition, there is to be a Germany-wide uniform mobile pass that standardizes the offers of 120 transport associations. “Up-to-date traffic rules” and a “redistribution of the area” are planned so that more people ride bicycles or walk. The dominance of the car is to be ended, with immediate effect other modes of transport have priority. The Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan is intended to replace a federal network plan, which above all Footpaths, bike paths and railways expands. Avoiding traffic is the focus, by promoting home offices. Road construction projects should be subjected to a “climate, environmental and needs test” and should be omitted if possible.
▶ ︎ SPD: A changed road traffic law should ensure that municipalities in the future more Area for public transport, cyclists and pedestrians can provide.

What do the parties intend in terms of traffic planning?

▶ ︎ CDU: The CDU is committed to Mobility as a guarantee of freedom and cornerstone of a successful economy. It therefore wants to “stabilize the record investments in infrastructure”. The CDU wants to expand the rail network and, in particular, allow more night trains to run. “A strong track and that local public transport are an important factor for the decarbonisation of transport. “In order to shift more goods from the road to the rail, the CDU wants to reduce train-path prices and relevant taxes. Mobility stations are intended to improve the interlinking between individual mobility and public transport, and park-and-ride is also to be expanded. There should also be more offers for “pooling” (ie meeting points for car pools) and demand stops for public transport. The sister party CSU is particularly committed to ensuring that there is a “Flat rate for mobile working“in the amount of 1000 euros – comparable to the annual advertising fee. The 365-euro ticket, which is currently available for schoolchildren and trainees in Munich, is to be” rolled out “. The federal government is to provide transport associations with 20 percent of the costs support. The Commuter flat rate, so far a rigid regulation, the CSU wants to design dynamically. The party suggests that the flat-rate commuter allowance should rise or fall depending on the price of petrol, namely by one cent for every ten cents at the petrol pump.
▶ ︎ Green: You want “to connect all major German cities to long-distance traffic on a regular basis, to increase the frequency of regional traffic and to bring train traffic back into the area. We want to reactivate disused railway lines as soon as possible”. The number of passengers on the train is to be doubled by 2030. It is supposed to have quotas for emission-free buses give. Freight traffic is to be shifted to rail as far as possible through cheaper train path prices.
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SPD: In 2040 there should only be renewable energies in Germany. “We need more pace at Expansion of the power grids, railway lines, hydrogen lines and charging stations for electric cars. “In order to make electricity cheaper and promote renewable energies, the EEG surcharge is to be abolished in its current form by 2025 and henceforth financed from the federal budget. The SPD wants to be at nodes Mobility stations set up for sustainable urban mobility that encourage people to switch from cars. A “national control center for mobility” is to coordinate this development. By 2030, the “most modern mobility system in Europe” is to be built, which provides every citizen – regardless of where they live – with a “local connection to public transport”. At the Rail transport the SPD wants to set up a Europe pact to make rail travel cheaper overall. All major cities are to be connected to long-distance traffic, and new day and night connections to neighboring countries are to be created. The SPD explicitly does not want to privatize the railway. “We’ll be one Legal entitlement to mobile work introduce. Basically, employees should be able to work mobile or in the home office for a five-day week at least 24 days a year, if the job allows it. “

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