Germany is taking a bold step, according tomedia, by requiring electric car charging piles to be installed at every gas station in its country. The demand is understood to have come in a $146 billion economic recovery plan, which was launched in the wake of the new corona virus pandemic, with the goal of speeding up the transition of drivers from polluting cars to zero-emission vehicles.
In fact, the stimulus package would include a new tax on people buying SUVs with internal combustion engines.
On the other hand, the programme also calls for a $6,800 (at current exchange rates) subsidies for the cost of electric vehicles. In the U.S., the federal government will provide up to $7,500 in tax credits for electric car buyers, but that credit will come to an end as automakers sell a certain amount of electric vehicles. GM and Tesla were the first to reach that cap.
Charging infrastructure has always been one of consumers’ top concerns when considering buying an electric car. With too few charging stations, “mileage anxiety” follows.
But private companies and carmakers themselves are trying to solve the problem, building new charging networks around the world. Many carmakers are also partnering with Europe’s Ionity network, which will support any brand of electric cars. By 2020, the Ionity network will have 400 charging stations, but its ultimate goal is to have one charging station every 75 miles on European highways.