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Electromobility: Federal Government is pushing for more charging stations for electric cars


So far, there are 21,000 charging points for electric cars in Germany - too little for the expansion of electric mobility. The government now wants to take the economy into account.

The Federal Government wants to build more charging stations for electric cars and thereby take more account of the economy. This is from the Masterplan Ladeinfrastrukturhervor, which is available to the German Press Agency. Accordingly, the development of publicly accessible charging stations can not be achieved solely by means of subsidies. "Where a demand-driven supply is not market-driven, regulatory measures are therefore also considered," states the master plan. These can be, for example, pads.

The master plan is specifically about the locations of charging points that are less traveled and thus less economical - but nevertheless for the network of "strategic importance". For such locations, a state financing is necessary first - if necessary, then regulatory requirements. In order to further promote e-mobility in Germany, a "reasonable, consumer-friendly and reliable charging infrastructure" is required, says the plan. This is crucial for the purchasing decision of consumers. In order to achieve this, the Federal Government must first enable a disproportionate build-up of charging stations - even with state subsidies. "The construction of cargo infrastructure must be a long-term task of the economy," says the master plan.

When developing the charging infrastructure, according to the master plan, the user must be at the center. "He decides whether the existing charging infrastructure is sufficient and meets his requirements and needs - only with appropriate acceptance of the users, the electric mobility is a success," says the plan. A charging station should be found for the consumer problem-free, he should "not overly" wait for a free charging point. The pricing should be transparent and comprehensible.

To achieve the climate goals significantly more e-cars are necessary

The master plan is coordinated within the federal government. He is an essential point at a peak meeting on Monday at the Chancellery. Besides Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), several federal ministers, prime ministers and the leaders of the Union and the SPD are taking part. In addition, the bosses of the automobile association VDA, trade unions, car manufacturers and suppliers are also to come.

In order for car manufacturers to be able to meet the EU's stricter climate targets and Germany to meet its climate targets for the year 2030, significantly more electric cars are needed. Above all, the transport sector must deliver, since the emissions of the climate-damaging greenhouse gas CO2 in the transport sector have hardly declined since 1990. In order to achieve the climate goals, a number of 7 to 10 million electric vehicles is considered necessary by 2030. According to the master plan, in August only 220,000 electric vehicles were registered in Germany. There are currently about 21,000 publicly accessible charging points. According to the Climate Protection Program, there should be one million public charging points by 2030.

Federal government wants to invest three billion euros in charging infrastructure

Specifically, the Federal Government is concerned with targeted subsidies and improved legal framework conditions. By the end of the year, a national control center will be set up to coordinate the measures. According to earlier data, by 2023 the government plans to invest more than three billion euros in the tank and cargo infrastructure for cars and trucks with CO2-free drives. In addition, charging points at customer parking lots, such as supermarkets, are to be promoted. A supply requirement should also regulate that charging points are offered at all petrol stations in Germany. The Ministry of Transport also intends to set criteria by the end of 2020 as to whether and to what extent motorway interchanges require additional charging infrastructure. The construction of private charging stations for electric cars should also be made easier, for example in underground garages - through changes in ownership of the property. The new regulations should enter into force by the end of 2020.

The Federation of German Consumer Federation called on the car industry to invest more in the charging infrastructure for electric cars. CEO Klaus Müller said that the expansion of the charging infrastructure was indispensable for an effective climate policy. The association welcomes the fact that the federal government has helped with their funding to increase the number of public charging points in the past year by more than 50 percent. In addition to public charging points but now the development of private charging points are driven forward.

Green Transport politician Stephan Kühn said that the renewed summit meeting should not be limited to statements and declarations of intent. "It is about time that the summit onMonday finally passes resolutions that put the electromobility in the fast lane," he said.

Source: zeit

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