The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has welcomed the Charging Infrastructure Master Plan II that was recently approved by the Federal Cabinet.
The master plan contains many important and sensible measures, creating the basis for a noticeable acceleration in the expansion of the charging infrastructure.
VDA President, Hildegard Müller, said the expansion of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is one of the most urgent infrastructure tasks for Germany.
“The decision is an important step on the way to a nationwide and powerful charging infrastructure in Germany,” she said.
“The master plan assigns a key role to the accelerated expansion of the power grid, creating a crucial prerequisite for the accelerated expansion of the charging infrastructure.”
According to Müller, it is now crucial that the joint task of charging infrastructure is accepted by all stakeholders and, in particular, that the measures in the master plan are implemented quickly and consistently.
“A state control function is indispensable in terms of mobility services of general interest and a nationwide supply of rural areas,” she said.
“The establishment of the interministerial charging infrastructure working group is therefore very welcome.”
VDA explains that thanks to bidirectional charging, electric cars can make an important contribution to the intelligent use of renewable energies in the future, and to the stabilisation of the power grid as mobile storage devices.
According to it, the introduction of a subsidy program for bidirectional charging would help to quickly establish the technology on the market, which could pave the way for the important future topic of bidirectional charging even more quickly.
“With the development of a high-performance charging network for heavy commercial vehicles, Germany can become a pioneer for the climate-neutral freight transport of the future,” Müller said.
“With the initial network for electric trucks, the decision is therefore rightly based on more speed.
“However, in view of the start of series production, the expected steep ramp-up and the tightening of the CO2 fleet limits for heavy commercial vehicles, further acceleration would be necessary.
“Further steps should therefore follow the measures in the charging infrastructure master plan. Delays compared to the timetable provided for in the master plan must be ruled out.”