Lack of charging stations hampering Germany’s e-car rollout
While German automakers are eager to invest billions in electric vehicle production, the deployment of charging stations is lagging, Jürgen Flauger and Daniel Delhaes write in Handelsblatt. The carmakers are hurrying to catch up to U.S. rival Tesla Motors, with Volkswagen aiming to sell three million e-cars by 2025, Daimler planning an electric vehicle brand and e-mobility also a top priority at BMW. While the number of e-cars rose by 90 percent in 2015, the number of charging stations increased by only 5 percent, the article says. Initial plans called for around 70,000 charging stations installed by 2020, but only 6,000 had been installed by the end of 2015.
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