Germany wants to massively expand the country’s charging network for electric cars, with a plan to spend 6.3 billion euros over the next three years as it believes that many more drivers will turn away from combustion cars to more climate-friendly vehicles.  

The country’s transportation minister presented a master plan to help improve charging infrastructure. 

“We are not just any automotive location, but a leading one in the world. And that´s why it´s important to us that what we´re preparing succeeds well,” said Volker Wissing in Berlin. “We need a forward-looking expansion of the nationwide charging infrastructure that meets demand and is user-friendly.” 

The share of electric vehicles in Germany grew 24.8% year-onyear to a total share of 14.6% of all new registered automobiles, according to figures released by the country’s Federal Office for Motor Vehicles. 

As of today, there are not enough chargers within the country to fulfill the needs of electric vehicle owners. According to the ministry, there are around 70,000 charging points across the country but only 11,000 of those are fast chargers. 

The government’s goal is to have 1 million publicly accessible charging points in the country by 2030. To fix this problem, governments will be building real estate along highways where new charging structures can be built. 

The country also wants to tackle the issue of preparing the electric grid for electric vehicle uptake. 

“We are expecting an exponential increase in registered vehicles with battery electric drive in the next few years and must prepare accordingly,” the minister said. 

Switching the country from petrol-powered cars to electric vehicles plays a vital role in achieving the government’s climate targets.