Subsidies are not enough: the government's half-hearted promotion of e-mobility

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The federal government pretends to promote electromobility. With high purchase premiums, it only gives the impression that it is actually massively promoting e-mobility. However, the government only promotes the dearly subsidized motivation to buy an e-car. When it comes to supporting the range problems of buyers with electric charging stations: Nothing. As the owner of almost all motorway rest areas, the federal government would have the option of installing thousands of charging stations.

But she does so very hesitantly. Just one example: On the A8 in Jettingen-Scheppach between Munich and Stuttgart there is only one fast charging station and two normal chargers, hidden behind the Shell petrol station. Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer could promote what the Transport Minister himself propagated: People buy e-cars. And as long as the government suspends market developments via e-premium, the sales figures of e-mobiles hide the fact that e-skepticism is still high. "Without subsidies, we would only sell a tenth of our e-cars - if at all," admits the head of a large Audi dealership.

“We can't do without the combustion engine for a long time!

In fact, one hears again and again behind closed doors at Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, “that we cannot do without the combustion engine for a long time”. Volkswagen also has to sell combustion engines in order to be able to push subsidized e-mobility into the market. The manufacturers are disappointed how little seriously the federal government is supplying charging stations, even though they could pave the rest areas with charging stations. Is she afraid that there could be electricity bottlenecks, as experts predict?

Almost all rest stops on German motorways have the same owner: Bonner Tank & Rast GmbH. The quasi-monopoly has a market share of at least 90 percent. Tank & Rast owns 360 petrol stations and around 400 service stations, including 50 hotels. And if we are annoyed about having to pay 50 cents to go to the toilet at a rest stop, it also goes into the tills of Tank & Rast, because the operator of the toilets, the Sanifair company, is 100 percent owned by the group.




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