Volkswagen has announced what must be one of the world’s largest workplace charging programs – it plans to install 12,000 charging points at its company parking lots in Germany over the next few years – 10% of the company’s 120,000 employee parking spaces.
CEO Martin Winterkorn made the announcement at the recent National Conference on Electric Mobility in Berlin, and the company later confirmed the plans (via Green Car Congress). Few details have been divulged – it’s not known if any of the chargers will be available to the public.
The magnitude of the network becomes apparent when you consider that the entire country currently has around 4,800 publicly accessible charging points, according to the German National Platform for Electric Mobility,
Winterkorn said that building charging stations doesn’t really fit the business model of an auto manufacturer, but VW wants to set an example, as electromobility in Germany has gotten off to a slow start. “In my view, much is to be said for a large investment partnership of government and industry for the best possible public charging infrastructure in Germany,” Winterkorn told the German Press Agency.
Source: Green Car Congress