Germany will require all gas stations to offer electric car charging as part of a 130 billion euro ($146 billion) economic recovery plan, reports Reuters. While some gas-station chains have begun to add electric-car charging, Germany is likely the first country to mandate it nationwide.
The requirement is part of a sweeping recovery plan announced Thursday, with provisions to incentivize electric cars.
The plan calls for taxes to penalize ownership of low-efficiency internal-combustion SUVs, and a 6,000 euro ($6,800) subsidy for the purchase of electric vehicles, according to Reuters. Germany already increased its EV subsidies for 2020, to a maximum 5,000 euros ($5,700).
The German government will also spend 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) on battery-cell production and charging infrastructure, Reuters reported. The plan was unveiled shortly after France announced a $9 billion bailout program for its auto industry, centered on electric cars.
Highway sign for electric-car fast-charging station at BP in Metrolina area of Charlotte, NC
As of March 2020, Germany had 27,730 charging stations, according to BDEW, the country's energy-industry association. To achieve mass EV adoption, the country will need at least 70,000 charging stations, including 7,000 DC fast-charging stations, according to the association.
While mandating electric-car charging at gas stations is an admirable target, a number of charging-network executives in the United States have said that gas stations aren't a good model for charging stations.
In Britain, charging stations outnumber gas stations as of last year. In the U.S. (and we would assume Germany), there's progress to be made.