VW board: “Need … a tenfold increase in charging infrastructure”

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VW board: “Need ... a tenfold increase in charging infrastructure

In an interview published on the company blog, Thomas Ulbrich, member of the Volkswagen brand board and responsible for the e-mobility division, talks about the current e-car boom, the constantly growing charging infrastructure and what will be necessary if more and more e -Cars come into the street.

“People want electric cars,” says Ulbrich. The demand shows a “steep upwards”, in October the market share of purely electric vehicles in new registrations in Germany was more than 8 percent. Together with the plug-in hybrids, it was even more than 17 percent. For classification: a year ago, the proportion was only two to three percent. “This is a very strong development, especially in the current situation – keyword Covid 19,” says Ulbrich. The subsidy “definitely plays a role here”, on the other hand there are currently a number of “attractive models” coming onto the market, such as the compact electric vehicle ID from Volkswagen.3 and the mid-size SUV ID.4.

Public charging is currently “easier and more convenient than ever before,” according to VW’s e-mobility board: “Anyone who buys an electric car today will find enough charging options,” he says. The ratio of public charging points to e-vehicles in Germany is currently around 1:14 “and therefore right in the target range”. There is now “a dense network of fast charging stations” on the motorways. And anyone who uses one of the many charging services, such as VW’s We Charge, which “makes the charging process itself very easy”, can “get through everyday life very well with the e-car today.”

“Anyone who invests now will benefit for a long time”

If the e-car boom continues, however, the expansion of the infrastructure will be a “huge challenge”. The automotive association VDA also recently pointed out that a good 2,000 new charging stations per week would have to be set up immediately if the federal government also wants to achieve its target of one million charging stations by 2030, as defined in the charging infrastructure master plan. “A simple, further so ‘is not enough,” says Ulbrich. The million zone could only be achieved, “if the expansion is now clearly accelerated”, as this year the e-auto stock has grown twice as fast as the loading infrastructure. “In 2025, three to four million electric cars and plug-in hybrids could be on the road on German roads, but around 300 are around 300.000 public charging points necessary “, according to the VW manager. “So in the next five years, we need an increase in charging infrastructure,” he gives concerns

Although the Federal Government with the Master Plan Lading infrastructure “already packed many important topics”, says Ulbrich. In the implementation, however, “all in the duty. Above all, the municipalities must be active and identify appropriate local areas, “calls VWS e-Mobility boss. Unfortunately, “in many town halls, nobody really feels responsible,” he complains. “Basically, we need an e-mobility manager in every city,” he says. The economy can and must do more, if only because the topic of shops brings with it “great opportunities” for retail and the real estate sector: “Anyone who invests now will benefit from it for a long time. Because one thing is certain: the number of customers looking for a charging option will increase massively in the coming years.”

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3 thoughts on “VW board: “Need … a tenfold increase in charging infrastructure””

  1. Let’s see what’s left after the end of the promotion. It would be right to tax combustion engines and use this money to subsidize electromobility. Today, every taxpayer pays for this subsidy, even if they don’t own a car themselves.

  2. They should first pass the laws properly so that simple charging stations can be set up in underground garages and on private parking lots. It’s embarrassing how this is all being handled. Subsidies for “grid-capable chargers” and then passing on the costs for the grid connection to the end user. The 900 EUR are gone immediately and you don’t even have a charging station. window dressing,
    The electricity suppliers would be in demand, who at the moment are only holding out their hands due to the new electricity consumers and asking them to pay extra for them. (If an additional electricity meter is needed, you have to pay the installation and then the transmission fees completely additionally, even though the same customer in the same house already has a meter)


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