Merkel’s Germany wants to have 1 million electric-car charging stations by 2030

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany will need one million charging points for electric cars in 2030 at the same time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a video message posted on Sunday, ahead of meetings on Monday, with the automotive industry on how to speed up the move towards a low-emission battery-powered vehicles.

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands next to an electric car during a visit to a solar-powered subway station at Dwarka in Delhi, New Delhi, India, on November 2, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Andreas Rinke

For this purpose, we want to have a million charging points by the year 2030, and the industry will have to participate in this effort, and that’s what we’re going to talk about it,” Merkel said. Germany now has only 20,000 public charging stations.

Stephan Weil, minister-president of lower Saxony, where Volkswagen VOWG_p.DE is based on, and told me that he wanted to see a commitment to the 100,000 public charging stations in 2021.

Weil is a board member of the Volkswagen, which is dedicated to the transition to battery-driven cars, but is still in need of a charging infrastructure, in order to market them successfully.

The meeting held at the house of the rolls, is the second one, the problem is that it brings fast-action, so that in Germany the transport sector to meet national emissions targets.

Potential buyers have mentioned that the lack of a fuel infrastructure, as a reason for the use of electric cars.

Apart from the electric alternatives to gasoline-and diesel-powered vehicles, the government will also look to run on hydrogen fuel cells, government, and industry to share the cost of the subsidy to attract buyers will be the same for both.

Merkel said that it is the government’s job to protect of cars and spare parts. It is clear that there are less and less workers are needed to build an electric car than a conventional.

Weil said the Berlin-convenience provisions in the fund for a fee, and for a short period of time, to work with the industry to be too busy.

He also said the rent and the real estate sector, and the legislation needed to be simplified in order to pave the way for public and home charging points.

“In a very demanding period of time in the future for the German automotive industry, which is guided to be active decision-makers,” he said.

Reporting by Vera Eckert, editing by David Evans

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