VDA’s 15-point plan for the expansion of electromobilityJohn Moot
VDA plan for the expansion of electromobility
Ambitious goals are needed to move e-mobility forward even faster in Germany.
The German Association of the Automotive Industry has summarized these goals in a 15-point plan for the future.
All 15 aspects of the VDA plan for the expansion of electromobility at a glance:
- Record investments
- Accelerate expansion of charging stations
- Charging at work
- Charging at home
- Charging while shopping
- Price guarantee
- Europe guarantee
- Supporting e-car buyers
- Smart payment at the charging station
- Fast charging quota
- Making truck traffic fossil-free
- Making electromobility sustainable
- Research, development and more qualification
- Turning e-cars into electricity storage units
- Annual report on e-mobility
1. record investment
The automotive industry is committed to the Paris climate protection targets and is investing around 150 billion euros in e-mobility, new drive systems and digitalization by 2025. This is roughly the same amount as the federal budget invests in education, research, including space travel, over the same period. Unlike the state, companies must also recoup their investments. Therefore, creating the right location and framework conditions is an important prerequisite for the success of the transformation and thus also a necessary prerequisite for achieving the climate protection targets.
2 Accelerate the expansion of charging stations
By 2030, Germany needs more than 1 million charging points for e-cars and e-transporters (electric light commercial vehicles). To achieve this, more than 2,000 new charging points need to be installed per week. However, only about 300 are currently being built on public land each week. A nationwide high-speed program with concrete targets for the states and municipalities is needed to catch up. The same is needed for the EU as a whole.
3 Charging at work
The expansion of charging points at employers must be accelerated with a dedicated program to promote the installation of charging points at companies. This requires a well-resourced funding program from the federal government. The federal government’s planned subsidy program should be implemented quickly.
4 Charging at home
It must be possible to charge e-cars at the place of residence. This will be helped by a further expansion of the wallbox program and an additional subsidy program for the already legally required installation of charging points in underground garages and parking garages, retroactively and in all new buildings.
5 Charging while shopping
The expansion of charging points in retail stores must be accelerated. This requires an even larger program of support and a waiver of the requirement that charging points in retail parking lots be available for use 24/7.
6. price guarantee
Charging electricity must always be 100% green electricity and permanently cheap. To this end, charging electricity must be exempt from the EEG levy and electricity taxes, for example.
7. european guarantee
The citizens would like to drive with the E-car also into the European foreign country e.g. into the vacation, goods and goods with the E-truck are just as naturally European on the way. The German government must also contribute at the European level to massively increase the speed of the development of the charging infrastructure and to ensure that all states in Europe have a reliable charging infrastructure. The European Commission must not refuse responsibility for this task.
8. support buyers of e-cars
The purchase of low-CO2 vehicles (passenger cars and light commercial vehicles) must continue to be supported. The environmental bonus should therefore be backed by the federal government with sufficient financial resources beyond 2022.
9 Smart payment at the charging station
We want citizens to be able to apply their contract at every charging station (contract-based charging). We also reject the German government’s plan to equip all new charging stations with outdated and no longer necessary technologies such as card readers. This requires a change to the charging station ordinance before the end of this legislative period.
10. fast-charging quota
In order to reduce the number of necessary charging points, we recommend further increasing the proportion of fast charging points. This saves space, is generally more economical and increases customer benefits. The power grid must also be expanded accordingly for this purpose in order to provide the necessary power.
11. make truck traffic fossil-free
The switch to e-trucks must be promoted more strongly and the infrastructure for e-trucks must be built quickly with charging points along the main transport axes and at the depot. This requires an ambitious expansion plan from the federal, state and local governments as well as expanded funding programs from the federal government. But the amendment of the Electromobility Act is also an important milestone in terms of the legal framework: commercial vehicles weighing 3.5 t or more must be included in the Electromobility Act.
12 Making electromobility sustainable
We need a new second-life market for traction batteries that can be used to store energy after their use in vehicles. In addition, we need new take-back and recycling structures to reduce our dependence on imported raw materials. This requires a ban on the export of used traction batteries and a program to build up the second-life structure in Germany and Europe.
13 Research, development and more qualification
Many companies in the automotive industry, and especially among suppliers, have to restructure production and retrain their workforces. This has considerable consequences for the employees affected. In addition to the major efforts of the companies concerned, the German government needs support programs for development and training.
14 Turning e-cars into electricity storage units
The drive batteries can serve as storage units for the power grid. For this, the appropriate legal requirements and financial incentives for e-car owners must be defined quickly. In this way, e-car owners can be “grid-serving” and benefit from it.
15 annual report on e-mobility
The tasks for the expansion of the charging infrastructure and the funding programs are distributed among several federal ministries, the states and municipalities, and the European Union. Starting in 2022, the federal government should present an annual report to the public on the expansion of the charging infrastructure in Germany, the funding programs and the status of target achievement in all other fields of action. The EU Commission should do the same for all of Europe.