Germany forces all petrol stations to provide electric car charging
Germany said it will oblige all petrol stations to offer electric car charging as part of a 130 billion Euro economic recovery plan, boosting electric vehicle demand which has been hampered by consumer concerns over refuelling.
Germany unveiled the incentives as part of a broader stimulus plan which included staggered taxes to penalise ownership of large polluting combustion-engine sports utility vehicles.
Customers have been concerned about the limited operating range of electric cars, a factor which has hampered demand. Converting Germany’s 14,118 petrol stations would provide a significant boost to electric vehicle demand.
In Germany, electric cars made up only 1.8% of new passenger car registrations last year, with diesel and petrol cars accounting for 32% and 59.2% respectively.