Bergisch Gladbach (dpa) – Plans by the federal government and the auto industry for a charging station “summit” are superfluous, according to industry expert Stefan Bratzel.
“Actually, no summit is necessary, we already know a lot of issues,” said Bratzel of the German press agency. “We have less of a knowledge problem than an implementation problem.” Electric mobility and the necessary charging infrastructure have been a problem for many years. But by the federal government and the manufacturer very little has been done so far, and even now progress is only slow, said the automotive economics professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach.
Bratzel emphasized that the implementation of many questions was still open. It should be clarified, for example, how drivers are authenticated at charging stations, how the charging process is billed and how it is ensured that charging stations are not blocked by fully charged vehicles. “That goes to the private sector,” Bratzel said. “We have to update the distribution networks so that not only the neighbor can charge his car, but also the neighbor’s.” In addition, smart grids are required to regulate who charges your car and when.
“Without a sufficient density of the charging infrastructure, without availability and reliability, the acceleration of the market in the highways will not work,” he warned. “It is not just about quantity, but also about ensuring that the charging infrastructure is operated and functions reliably.”
As announced by the Federal Ministry of Transport, it is planning a high-level meeting on the issue of charging stations together with the Ministry of Economy and Industry. The director of the automobile association VDA, Hildegard Müller, also called for a “summit” of the cargo network. The German network of charging stations for electric cars should be expanded as soon as possible. “I would like a cargo network summit with all the players, and it should take place before Christmas,” Müller told the publishing network Germany (RND / Friday). Important topics included expedited planning procedures and simplified permits for charging stations at service stations, the expansion of green electricity, and an electricity charging exemption from the EEG surcharge.
Bratzel said: “A summit is always a symbolic event.” But if such a meeting helps raise awareness on the issue, “then I am in favor of a summit.”
The federal government estimates that seven to ten million electric cars on German roads in Germany will be needed by 2030 to meet climate protection targets. However, car traffic is still a long way from achieving this goal: at the beginning of 2020, only 0.5 (0.3) percent of fully electric or plug-in cars were in total 47.7 (2019: 47 , 1) million. Hybrid. Experts see the need to catch up, especially on the cargo network. According to the VDA, there is currently a charging point available for an average of 13 electric cars, and probably 20 cars will have to share one in just six months.