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Hamburg government switches to e-cars

Hamburg's first mayor Olaf Scholz takes delivery of BMW i3 - Hamburg to expand its pioneering role in e-mobility

Hamburg’s first mayor Olaf Scholz and the head of the Senate Chancellery, Secretary of State Dr. Christoph Krupp, are now driving electric cars. Together, they took delivery of an BMW i3 as the new official car of the Senate Chancellery. Krupp will now use the car now for business trips within the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. The First Mayor will driven to appointments in the e-car.

Changing urban mobility

“The transition of Hamburg into an e-mobility capital progresses”, Scholz said. He continued: “The reduction of noise and air pollution on the road significantly improves the quality of life in the city.” Erik Santer, managing director of the BMW branch in Hamburg, was pleased that Hamburg’s First Mayor now also runs a BMW i3, and thus an electric car that has been designed from scratch to change the urban mobility. “

Master Plan for climate change: electric vehicles have priority

Hamburg wants to expand its pioneering role in electric mobility. In the current master plan on climate change, the Senate asks its authorities to primarily use electric vehicles. In addition, the city wants to buy less conventional vehicles with internal combustion engines. By the end of 2014, 70 of the 240 cars in the civic fleet are to be electric vehicles.

The city also plans to quadruple the range of charging stations for electric vehicles from currently 138 charging points to a total of 592 by 2016. Hamburg and the German government allocated some 4.7 million euro to achieve this goal.
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