What is the reason for the Electric Mobility Act (EmoG)?

The growing use of electric mobility reduces noise and pollution on the roads, supports climate protection and advances the German energy transition (Energiewende). This way, it contributes significantly to a better quality of life – especially in cities. The Electric Mobility Act (EmoG), which was passed in 2015 creates a basis for this. Thanks to the law, federal states and local authorities can grant special privileges to electric vehicles on the road. Among those are the designation of special parking spots with charging stations on public land or the reduction or omission of parking fees as well as exemptions to specific access restrictions for cars. To make monitoring easier, the vehicles are specially marked (so-called "E-licence plates"). The Electric Mobility Act becomes tangible thanks to the 50th regulation for changes to the road traffic rules, which came into force on September 26, 2015. The decision to grant preferential treatment to electric vehicles is made by the local authorities. Based on the EmoG, several cities have already implemented special privileges for electric vehicles.