VW works council chief demands EU quota for e-car charging stations

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In order to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050, around three million public charging stations will be needed for a good 44 million electric vehicles by 2030, as new research results from Transport & Environment show. In this context, VW works council chief Bernd Osterloh is calling on the EU to use a quota to persuade the countries to set up a sufficient e-car charging network. However, he also makes it clear that politicians must not dump the responsibility for this on the manufacturers.

“I already expect from the European Union that for the individual countries (…) a commitment to build such an infrastructure pretends to a quote”, VW works council Bernd Osterloh gave to understand on Friday in Wolfsburg. Because only with a corresponding quota would there be enough loading points to take away the fear of range from potential customers. According to the head of the Volkswagen works council, customers would only buy enough e-cars to achieve the political climate targets if there were enough charging points.

VW doesn’t just see car manufacturers as having an obligation to set up the charging infrastructure

“To ask the vehicle manufacturers now to quickly build up the charging infrastructure again, I find that exciting,” Osterloh continues. He does not see the responsibility for the expansion of charging stations with the manufacturers. After all, the petrol station operators Aral, BP and Shell did not belong to the vehicle manufacturers either. Also, if you take this through a paragraph in the master plan loading infrastructure, with which the Federal Government wants to accelerate the market success of electric cars, in the obligation. Under point C.I.5. “Charging infrastructure at gas stations” of the 14-page paper states that “a supply requirement should regulate that charging points are also offered at all gas stations in Germany.“ This is de facto tantamount to a duty that is good 14.Equip 500 petrol stations in Germany with charging facilities. A specification that the gas station operators do not like at all.

VW itself sets a good example. The group will build a total of 36 across Europe by 2025.000 charging points, 11 of them.000 by the Volkswagen brand. The charging stations will be installed at VW locations and at around 3.000 Volkswagen dealerships in all major cities. In Wolfsburg, the charging infrastructure for electric cars has been supplemented by 40 pillars, now Saxony will follow with more than 400 charging points by the end of 2020. The flexible charging stations also seem to be convincing.

Federal Government pages a million charging points by 2030

According to the federal government’s climate protection program, there should be one million public charging points in Germany by 2030. So far, according to the energy association BDEW, there are only around 24.000. According to the VW works council, Germany has the number of e-charging points per 100.000 inhabitants in Europe in tenth place. The National Platform for Electromobility (NPE), an independent body of experts, recommends around 12.5 cars per station, and the EU Commission recommends a ratio of ten to one. The recommendations thus deviate from the first projections in 2017, which recommended 14-15 cars per station. However, the distribution of the charging stations is more important than the absolute number. It is already the case today that several cities are particularly well equipped, while others are poorly equipped.

By the way, there is enough electricity for the e-cars. Currently, around 13 million e-vehicles can be charged with today’s infrastructure. That corresponds to a share of 30 percent of all cars in Germany. However, local bottlenecks are possible in conurbations with concentrated growth. Therefore, the power grid for e-cars requires more brains than copper..

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4 thoughts on “VW works council chief demands EU quota for e-car charging stations”

  1. “Under point C.I.5. “Charging infrastructure at gas stations” of the 14-page paper states that “a supply requirement should regulate that charging points are also offered at all gas stations in Germany.”
    …….one has to critically remark that the charging behavior of e-car owners does not necessarily correspond 1:1 to the refueling behavior of combustion car owners…. e.g.B. a high percentage will charge at home or at work, or even at the supermarket.
    It depends very much on the location of the gas station.
    I’m guessing everything will change over time i.e.H. the “gas stations” will also adapt (i.e. those “gas stations” that survive).

  2. and it would also be about time for a proper price tagging or. take measures against highway robbery. To demand from 0€ to 87€ at one and the same charging station is robber baronship!

  3. E-car drivers want to charge their vehicle when they are not using it. It therefore only makes sense to charge at a gas station, which is usually not in the city center, on long journeys. Charging stations must therefore increasingly be set up where people park. In public parking lots or in underground garages. Installing a camera that records when the charging station is not in use and then informs a towing service from a control center should not be a problem. You could also equip the charging stations with bollards that go down with the charging card.

  4. To put it bluntly, the head of the BR, Osterloh, is actually only indirectly demanding a job guarantee for his VW employees in the construction of electric cars. He could have said it directly. 🙂


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