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22 Jan 2018

Eventual e-car boom requires swift action by Germany’s municipalities and utilities – opinion

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Electric cars are going to spread in Germany sooner or later, and the country’s infrastructure must be made ready for this boom soon, Hans Riebsamen writes in an opinion piece for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Especially the larger urban areas that are at risk of having to introduce driving bans for polluting diesel cars “should have every reason to increase interest in e-mobility,” he argues. This includes the deployment of e-car charging stations in new housing areas as well as the reinforcement of the grid to prevent blackouts if scores of e-cars are plugged in simultaneously. “Planning must be initiated now,” Riebsamen cautions, adding that utilities should be at the forefront of this investment process to deploy infrastructure that can cope with a huge increase in the number of e-cars.

See the CLEW dossier Cities, municipalities, and the Energiewende for more information.

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