The influential group, which will be connected to the video conference this Wednesday from the Chancellery, can expect some critical comments. If, for example, VW boss Herbert Diess recounts his hands-on experience driving an electric car while on vacation, it should be uncomfortable. In early August, he was already complaining about social networks in Trento, Italy, where he had stopped with his ID.3 on his way to Lake Garda. “No toilets, no coffee, a broken / defective column, sad business,” complains Diess. And in Germany, too, things are not going much better in many places.
Chancellor Angela Merkel summoned her ministers Andreas Scheuer, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, Labor Minister Hubertus Heil, automotive managers, trade unionists and scientists virtually gathered for the last automotive summit of their mandate this Wednesday at 10:30 am. At the top of the agenda: recharging electric cars. After a welcome and an introduction, the Top 2 will focus on “charging infrastructure”. Other topics: autonomous driving, data processing in mobility, the effect of purchasing bonuses for electric cars.
“Andi, how long will it take?”
At an automotive summit in the fall, Scheuer faced critical questions about extending the charging network for electric cars. “Andi, how long will it take?” Asked the Chancellor. This time around, Scheuer is going ahead and said on Tuesday that the government will provide a total of € 500 million by the end of 2025 for the further development of public charging infrastructure in Germany. The objective is to set up a total of at least 50,000 charging points. It should be possible to apply for funding at the end of the month. “The load has to be the new supply,” Scheuer said. “Citizens should be able to charge their electric cars anytime and anywhere – in the supermarket, on the roadside, in a restaurant or on a sports field.” Everything else would also be surprising. According to government advisers, around a third of vehicles in Germany – a total of 14 million cars – will need to be electric by 2030. This is the only way to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector as planned. Four out of five newly registered vehicles are expected to run on electricity by the end of the decade.
This is not enough for environmentalists. They are asking for faster government resolutions before the summit. NABU has warned that it must campaign at the Auto Summit to prevent other combustion engines from being allowed after 2030. “If we are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030 in line with the new climate goals, traffic must make a larger contribution from today, ”said Federal Director General Leif Miller. Politicians must set corresponding binding reduction targets for the industry. More recently, the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stressed that massive measures must be taken by 2030 to limit man-made global warming to the critical limit of 1.5 degrees. .