Monday, January 17

Scheuer to Scholz: The cash register is empty

The demand for subsidies for private e-car charging stations remains high. The Federal Transport Minister warns that the funds only lasted until this Thursday – and asked for more money.

A car with a plug-in hybrid drive charges at a charging station in Berlin-Mitte.

A car with a plug-in hybrid drive charges at a charging station in Berlin-Mitte.

VMinister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) has asked Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) to make more money available to support private charging stations for electric cars. Due to the continued high demand, the funds of a funding program in the amount of 500 million euros only lasted until this Thursday, wrote Scheuer in a letter to Scholz. The letter was available to the German Press Agency.

Scheuer asked the finance minister to top up the program by a further 200 million euros from existing resources from the energy and climate fund. “Stopping now would be a bad signal in the middle of the phase of ramping up electromobility in Germany.”

The program is a huge incentive for accelerated electric vehicle purchases, the letter said. The charging of electric vehicles in private parking spaces is of central importance for the development of a high-performance and reliable charging infrastructure network. With the program, the federal government is promoting the installation of so-called wall boxes.

The President of the Association of the Automotive Industry, Hildegard Müller, said the federal government should continue the program to promote private charging infrastructure. “We therefore expressly welcome the proposal by Federal Minister Scheuer. Germany is already falling behind in expanding the charging infrastructure. ”Scholz recently criticized that too. “The finance minister should now act quickly so that consumers have planning security.”

On the other hand, the left-wing traffic politician Jörg Cezanne said: “The promotion of publicly accessible charging stations would serve electromobility more than with e-fuel pumps in the front yard. In addition, the program suffers from a social imbalance, because the tax millions only go to people who can afford an expensive electric car. “