According to a report by Reuters, the European nation will be requiring gas stations to provide EV charging infrastructure for motorists as part of a €130 billion (P7.3 trillion) economic recovery plan. The hope is that by making electric car chargers more accessible and eliminating refueling issues, the move will encourage people to buy new cars.
The report adds that the stimulus plan allocates €2.5 billion (P141 billion) towards battery production and charging infrastructure, includes a €6,000 (P339,000) subsidy towards the cost of buying an EV, and that the plan includes taxing owners of traditionally-powered SUVs.
In the report, energy storage specialist The Mobility House (which the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance invests in) said that the move is a “very clear commitment to battery-powered vehicles and establishes electric mobility as a technology of the future.”
“Internationally this puts Germany in the leading group of battery electric vehicle support.”
Electric cars make up only a small fraction of car sales in Germany. According to KBA, a German vehicle agency, only 3.3% (5,578 units) of new car registrations in the country for the month of May were electric vehicles. In 2019, EVs only accounted for 1.8% of total German car sales.
We can’t help but ask: Is this another nail in the coffin for conventional gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles? Only time will tell. If the answer is yes, will you be on board?