As part of a 130 billion-euro incentive plan, Germany will require every gas station in the country to install electric vehicle charging stations. This incentive package includes subsidies for electric vehicle purchasers and extra taxes to punish those with polluting SUVs.
According to the German Motor Transport Administration, only 3.3 percent of the 168,148 cars registered in May were electric. In 2019, less than two percent of new cars registered in Germany was electric. Experts say that low sales can be associated with concerns about charging cars.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that they aim to have one million electrical charging stations in Germany by 2030. Validating gas stations for electric vehicles can make this goal a reality. There are now about 15,000 gas stations in Germany. For electric vehicles to become the norm, Germany will need at least 70,000 charging stations and 7,000 fast-charging stations.
Germany has the goal of expanding EVs as part of its post-COVID economic strategy and they are not alone in this regard. At a press conference last week, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a similar 8 billion-euro incentive package, and “France aims to become the best cleaner vehicle manufacturer in Europe”.