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Germany requires all services stations to have charging stations

by on05 June 2020

Part of post-coronavirus stimulation package

Germany will require petrol stations to offer electric car charging to help remove refuelling concerns and boost consumer demand for the vehicles as part of its 130 billion euro ($146 billion) economic recovery plan.

It could provide a significant boost to electric vehicle demand along with the broader stimulus plan which included taxes to penalise ownership of large polluting combustion-engine SUVs and a 6,000 euro subsidy towards the cost of an electric vehicle.

Germany’s announcement follows a French plan to boost electric car sales announced last week by President Macron.

As part of the government stimulus, 2.5 billion euro will be spent on battery cell production and charging infrastructure.

Customer demand for electric cars has been constrained by concerns about the limited operating range of vehicles. In Germany, electric cars made up only 1.8 percent of new passenger car registrations last year, with diesel and petrol cars accounting for 32 percent and 59.2 percent respectively.

Of the 168,148 new registrations in May, only 5,578 or 3.3 percent were electric cars according to German vehicle agency KBA.

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