Germany encourages the European Commission to have constructive talks with Beijing on imposing tariffs on Chinese-made electric vehicles, a government spokesperson said on Wednesday, adding Germany did not want more trade restrictions but fair commerce.

The European Commission notified car makers that it would apply additional duties of up to 38.1% on imported Chinese electric vehicles from next month, a move likely to draw possible retaliation from China.

(Reporting by Andreas Rinke and Matthias Williams)