It may seem unbelievable, but it's true: in entire Germany, Europe's automotive superpower, there are currrently only about 4,800 publicly accessible charging stations and 100 DC fast charging points for users of electric and plug-in vehicles.

German automaker Volkswagen will address this issue by installing approximately 12,000 EV charging stations at the company's facilities across the country. Even though this means that only 10% of Volkswagen's 120,000 corporate parking spots will offer their employees the chance to plug in, the change will be significant compared to current situation. Ever since the launch of the e-Golf (and other models from their EV and PEV line-up), Volkswagen has been promoting the use of electric-powered vehicles quite heavily. 

Up until now Germany failed to provide any sensible sales incentives for potential owners of electric vehicles and displayed the very same attitude when it came to setting up a sufficient EV charging infrastructure - a task that has been mostly left to automakers and private companies, but the tables may turn in the near future.

According to Automotive News, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated her government is examining further support to help bring one million electric cars onto German roads by the end of the decade and aims to make a decision by the end of the year. Merkel also said that Germany will have no choice but to offer further support (for electric cars) and that they will once again study all instruments of support that are also available internationally.

July 7, 2015 Driving photo: Volkswagen

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