After the “car summit”: billions for charging stations

WITHPolitics and the car industry met for the fourth time on Tuesday evening to talk about structural change in the “Concerted Mobility Action”. And if you trust the statements of participants at the car summit, there is now the greatest possible consensus among the group. It is said that the atmosphere in the video conference was very constructive and objective. This is also necessary, because ultimately the change to lower-emission mobility is about a concern for society as a whole, which must also be supported by society as a whole.

Martin Gropp

The reaction of the mineral oil industry, which the federal government is now imposing in its resolution to create space for fast charging stations at its filling stations, so that driving with the electric car becomes less complicated, could serve as evidence. A quarter of all petrol stations should be converted by 2022, half by 2024 and three quarters of all petrol stations by 2026. Politicians rely on the voluntary nature of the mineral oil industry, but also threaten with coercion. The paper says: “Until the end of 2022, the filling station operators can fall back on existing funding to build up the charging infrastructure. If the agreed goals are not achieved afterwards, the federal government will regulate the specified proportions by law by means of a supply requirement. “

Mineral oil industry welcomes “waiver of duty”

Such a threat would normally provoke protest, but the response is tame. The industry is relieved that not all petrol stations have to be converted. “We welcome the waiver of the originally envisaged nationwide obligation for charging points at petrol stations,” said the managing director of the MWV mineral oil industry association, Christian Küchen, of the FAZ. Voluntary action paired with state incentives is the right way to go. ”Aral, Shell, Total and Star started voluntarily setting up a network of charging stations for e-cars years ago, said Küchen. “Achieving the goals now crucially depends on the extent to which the federal government will support the ambitious project in the near future. The amount of funding is still a subject of discussion with the federal government. But it’s not just about money: we also need simplified planning and approval procedures, in other words less bureaucracy. “

For the Greens, the questioning of the petrol station operators does not go far enough. Fractional leader Anton Hofreiter said on Wednesday: “The charging infrastructure master plan is one year old today, but there has been little progress to date. Instead, they are now even falling behind promises and relying on the principle of voluntariness. The charging network must quickly become tighter if electromobility on the street is not to become a flop. “

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