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Germany to act on EV payments

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BERLIN — The German government plans to reduce incentive payments for buyers of electric cars and end subsidies for buying plug-in hybrids at the end of this year.

The government had announced shortly after taking office in December that, starting in 2023, it would only provide payments for electric vehicles that “demonstrab­ly have a positive climate-protection effect.” It unveiled details of the new system late Tuesday.

At present, buyers of electric-only cars are eligible for government incentives of up to $6,100 and people who buy plug-in hybrids can get up to $4,570.

The government said the number of electric cars on the road is rising fast, with the total expected to near 2 million this year.

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