Introduction (goal, intention, purpose)
The introduction of the E-Sticker is intended to provide the basis for authorization to introduce a marking in the highway code for privileged electrically powered vehicles. The new rules are intended to provide certain advantages for local authorities. In addition to electrically-powered vehicles registered in Germany, which will be identified by means of the number plate, electrically-powered vehicles registered abroad will also be able to benefit from the advantages. The corresponding identification will then be made by means of the E-Sticker.
The 50th rule for the amendment of road traffic regulations came into force in Germany on 25.09. 2015.
The aim is to provide electric cars with so many additional advantages that a higher number of registrations in Germany will be achieved quickly.
Domestic vehicles (i.e. vehicles registered in Germany) have the chance to obtain an own, special E-license plate in order to make these vehicles recognisable
Foreign vehicles, on the contrary, which are vehicles not being registered in Germany, can obtain an E-Badge so that also these electric cars may benefit from the advantages and preferential treatments in Germany. Basis of this rule is the EU regulation 2007/46/EG.
Features (appearance, description)
The electric sticker is for all electrically powered vehicles or, under special conditions, also for plug-in hybrids which are not registered in Germany.
For vehicles registered in Germany, an E license plate is provided.
Which stickers do I get? (classification)
Since each city can individually determine the rules for the benefits of the E-Sticker, the penalties can also vary. The fines for incorrect parking and improper use of the bus lane range from 10 euros to 100 euros.
Important to know for foreigners:
From a fine of 70 euros or more, according to EU Directive 2011/82 of 25.10.2011 "to facilitate the cross-border exchange of information on traffic offences which jeopardise road safety", if the fine is not paid, enforcement proceedings will take place in the home country and will continue until the prison sentence is passed.
As the E-Sticker is a voluntary acquisition in order to obtain certain advantages in road traffic, there are no specific exemptions.
How long is my sticker valid?
Unless the engine or exhaust emission standard of the vehicle or the registration number changes, the sticker is valid for the entire lifetime of the vehicle. This means you do not have to buy a new one every year.
Where must my sticker be affixed?
The E-Sticker must be attached to the rear window from the outside. There is no official explanation why this is the case with the E-Sticker, unlike other European environmental stickers. We suspect that it is easier for law enforcement officers or police to check the sticker from behind when driving in a bus lane.
Does my sticker have to be affixed?
Yes, the sticker is only valid if it is attached to the outside of the rear window.
What is the best way to remove the old stickers?
The old stickers can be removed best with a sticker scraper (similar to a glass scraper) or you can carefully heat the sticker with a heat gun so that the glue comes off. Caution! The difference in temperature, especially on cold days, could damage the windscreen.
What happens if the license plate fades?
Our stickers have a 2-year UV protection guarantee - and that without any ifs and buts! Just send us a picture of the faded sticker and we will send you a new one immediately and free of charge.
My windshield is broken and needs to be replaced. What happens to the sticker?
The E-Sticker is such that it will be destroyed when you remove it, so you will have to buy a new one. In many cases, insurance companies will cover not only the cost of the new windscreen but also the cost of the new sticker. A new sticker must therefore be purchased.
What happens if my license plate changes?
As soon as the license plate changes, e.g. if you move house, a new sticker must be ordered.
Can I use the E sticker to enter the environmental zones?
Can I also get an E-Sticker with a hybrid?
Yes, if it is a Plug-In Hybrid registered abroad with a pure electric range of at least 40 kilometres or a maximum of 50 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometre.
Where can I find information about my electric range or CO2 emissions?
In addition to the vehicle registration document in box V.7, such specific information can be found in the EEC Certificate of Conformity, also known as the Certificate of Conformity (CoC). Boxes 46.2 and 49.2 contain all the necessary information.
Incidentally, since 2005 the EEC Certificate of Conformity (CoC) has been automatically obtained in the EU from the manufacturer or distributor. If this is not available, most vehicle manufacturers can apply for a chain of custody document directly on the corresponding manufacturer's website.