Germany plans push for more charging stations

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Germany seems to be coming around to the wisdom of getting charged. Europe’s largest economy hopes to spur EV demand by expanding its network of EV charging stations, Reuters reported this week (via Green Car Reports).

The news organization cited a paper published by the German Transport Ministry, which said that motorway services operator Tank & Rast will install DC fast chargers at its 400 sites by 2017, with the government covering part of the construction costs.

The German government has announced a goal of putting a million plug-in vehicles on the country’s roads by the end of the decade. However, unlike neighboring France and Holland, Germany currently offers little in the way of incentives.

The country has only about 100 DC fast chargers and about 4,800 Level 2 charging stations, according to the Transport Ministry.

“We will set up quick service charging stations along the motorways across Germany,” Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told the Passauer Neue Presse this week.

Earlier this year, Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested introducing tax breaks and cash rebates, and the legislature considered a bill that would give EV drivers access to bus lanes.

 

Source: Reuters via Green Car Reports
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