Germany will force all gas stations to provide charging stations, part of the recovery plan to boost demand for electric vehicles.
The plan also provides fees for penalizing owners of polluting SUVs that have internal combustion engines. Also, 2.5 billion euros will be allocated for the production of batteries for electric vehicles and for the infrastructure needed to recharge them. The Paris authorities also presented an eight-billion-euro aid plan last month for carmakers affected by the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.
President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to make France the largest European manufacturer of green cars, encouraging car companies to repatriate their production abroad and develop new models in France. German customers are concerned about the limited range of electric vehicles. a factor that limited demand. But by forcing Germany’s 14,118 gas stations to provide electric charging stations, more and more drivers will opt for less polluting cars. Last year, electric vehicles accounted for only 1.8% of total car registrations in Germany, while diesel and petrol cars accounted for 32% and 59.2%, respectively.
Of the 168,148 new registrations in May, only 5,578 or 3.3% were electric vehicles, according to data from the Federal Transportation Authority (KBA). In March 2020, Germany, the largest European car market, had only 27,730 charging stations. Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday announced a € 130 billion relaunch plan for 2020-2021 to boost Germany’s economy affected by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). According to the plan, the subsidy for the purchase of an electric car will be doubled, from 3,000 euros to 6,000 euros.