Electromobility: energy industry versus charging station target | tagesschau.de

Status: 12/28/2021 12:52 p.m.

Because of a possible oversupply of charging stations, the energy industry is against the requirement of one million publicly accessible charging points. The auto industry is meanwhile calling for more speed to expand.

When it comes to expanding the network of charging stations for electric cars, the energy industry is facing a rigid goal. “There is a risk that we will generate an oversupply and that many charging stations will simply not be used,” said the general manager of the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW), Kerstin Andreae, the editorial network Germany. The consequence would be a lack of competition between the providers. This in turn is necessary for the best prices and the best service.

The plans of the coalition of the SPD, Greens and FDP envisage 15 million fully electric cars on German roads by 2030. On the other hand, there should then be a million publicly accessible charging points. Andreae criticized this fixed requirement. “Nobody knows today exactly what mobility will look like in 2030,” she said. “But it depends on which charging infrastructure is needed.” For example, a city toll or a driving ban for combustion engines in city centers could have a major impact on developments. “Therefore, the expansion target for charging infrastructure can only be a dynamic target,” she added.

VDA criticizes expansion speed

The German auto industry sees the ramp-up of electromobility in Germany at risk. “Germany is extremely lagging behind in expanding the charging infrastructure for e-cars,” said Hildegard Müller, President of the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), the news agency dpa. “In order to actually be able to achieve the number of e-cars that the federal government is planning, around 2,000 new public charging points would have to be installed every week – in fact, there are only 300. In plain language, that means: the pace has to increase sevenfold.”

In addition, from Müller’s point of view, the wallbox program should be extended, which promotes the installation of a charging point in the garage at home. The state funding for this is exhausted, and applications can no longer be submitted to the KfW development bank. A growing customer need will be to charge quickly and cheaply, according to the VDA President. “The charging infrastructure must precede the e-car inventory. This is the only way we can gain consumer confidence and encourage people to invest in an electric car.”

Lights and shadows in the auto industry

According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority, 309,000 pure electric cars were registered as of January 1, 2020, plus around 280,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles that combine an electric drive with a combustion engine. New registrations of all-electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles continued to rise significantly in 2021, also due to higher government purchase premiums. “The auto industry can build 15 million e-cars,” emphasized Müller. “But consumers will only accept them if they can rely 100 percent on being able to charge their car easily anywhere and at any time.”

Regarding the general situation in the industry, Müller said there was light and shadow. “The positive thing is that we have full order books and of course we want to serve all of them. The German automotive industry is investing record sums in this. By 2026, 220 billion euros will go into digitization, new drives and electromobility. That is a huge sum that has to be earned again . ”

However, the global shortage of semiconductors and raw materials continues to have a negative effect on production: “According to the current figures, we are still below the bad values ​​of the crisis year 2020. Hopefully the situation should ease in the second half of 2022.” Due to delivery bottlenecks for semiconductors, new registrations in Germany have fallen significantly this year.


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