On 11 February 2021, ACEA issued a joint appeal with the European non-governmental organisation Transport & Environment (T&E) and the European Consumers' Organisation (BEUC), calling on Europe to accelerate the development of charging and refuelling infrastructure and to step up its commitment so that the lack of charging and refuelling infrastructure does not become a bottleneck for e-mobility.
The organisations point out in their joint letter that according to the European Commission, at least three million public car charging points are needed by 2029, including one million by 2024, to meet the CO2 fleet targets for cars and vans agreed in 2019. Ten times more charging points are needed in private and professional environments. This is the only way to ensure adequate access for the at least 30 million electric vehicles expected on Europe's roads by 2030 under current targets. According to the European Alternative Fuels Observatory, there are currently around 225,000 public charging points: 44,000 of them are in Germany. Even here, we would have to install 2,000 new public charging points every week from now on. But in the entire year 2020, only 10,000 new charging points were added in Germany.
This rather unusual alliance of the car industry with environmental and consumer protection associations shows the urgency of the issue. The EAC has also been pointing out the significance of expanding the charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for some time. “One million electric cars alone on German roads, as the federal government once forecast for 2020, are not yet on the roads today, but the rapidly increasing demand for climate-friendly mobility solutions is irrefutable. On the one hand, it concerns the actual availability and affordability of equivalent suitable alternatives to conventional combustion vehicles. On the other hand, the parallel creation of a compressive refuelling and charging infrastructure is indispensable in order to create real incentives to purchase such cars and to be able to contribute to the desired transport transformation as a consumer.”, explained EAC President Bernd Opolka.