Four wheels bad, but three sehr gut. Germans climb aboard cargo bikes

The Guardian | Aug 25, 2019 at 7:59 AM
  • In a fashionable corner of the capital of Germany, Europe’s “car nation”, parents picking up or dropping off their offspring have lined the edge of a popular playground with luxury vehicles.
  • A €4,000 purchase subsidy for e-cars, belatedly introduced after the emissions scandal in 2016, was meant to make the autobahn nation go electric – but the number of registered plug-in vehicles on Germany’s streets still falls way short of the target of 1 million set for 2020.
  • Instead, the real boom has taken place in the cargo bike sector, largely independent of support from the national government and the powerful car industry, powered instead by local initiatives and smaller startups.