Mercedes and Volkswagen made a joint appeal to the German government. Two giant automakers say that Germany’s electric vehicle charging station network should be expanded.
German automakers Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen have urged the government to do more to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations across the country. The number of charging stations is thought to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.
Mercedes and Volkswagen want to increase the number of charging stations
Speaking to the German newspaper Bild am, Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Kallenius said: “To accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, we need to make sure that the charging station infrastructure is built.” said.
VW Chief Executive Officer Oliver Blume stated that the number of charging stations should increase much faster, and that this is a common task of the government and municipalities.
The German government allocated a budget plan of 6.3 billion euros last October to rapidly increase the number of charging stations nationwide as part of the move towards net zero emissions. According to the plan, a much faster validation mechanism will be created for the creation of charging stations. However, industry leaders, who have long complained that the government cannot keep up with the rapid spread of electric vehicles, think they should rest.
Ola Kallenius underlined that the future of Mercedes is all-electric and said, “By the end of this decade, we want to be ready to transition to fully electric cars wherever market conditions allow.”