Utility EnBW plans to order up to 14,000 electric cars – report
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
German utility EnBW plans to order up to 14,000 electric cars for its employees, reports Susanne Preuß in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The newspaper references the utility's Europe-wide tender, and says deliveries are to start in May 2020. A full order would be equivalent to half the number of all electric cars sold in Germany in 2018. "Ordering thousands of electric cars is definitely an unknown dimension," writes Preuß, adding that delivery times are currently long because carmakers underestimated demand. "But EnBW consciously aims to heat up the market in order to boost the roll-out of electric mobility."
EnBW is investing heavily in EV charging infrastructure. The nuclear plant operator has undergone a substantial shift to renewable energies. The company said earlier this year it plans to spend 12 billion euros by 2025 in generation and infrastructure, with renewable expansion being a strategic priority. EnBW, which is headed by CEO Frank Mastiaux, was one of two companies committing to build offshore wind farms without support payments in Germany’s first auction for the technology.