As we have already seen recently, the mass adoption of the electric car will be based on the triptych of long battery life + dense charger network + fast charging.
All manufacturers are working on the first part, trying to improve the range of their electric models. Regarding the density of charger networks, apart from Tesla, which has its private infrastructure, it is the operators who have the cards in their hands, and if some like Ionity are accelerating their development, the same cannot be said of all the others .
But, again, it is precisely Germany that could lead the way. After the Ionity consortium, also created on the initiative of a group of Teutonic builders, it is the government that is taking matters in hand to impress a real political will in the field of electro-mobility. Thus, as part of its plan to revive the economy of 130 billion euros following the coronavirus crisis, Germany has declared that it will oblige all service stations to offer electric charging stations in order '' Eliminate fueling problems and stimulate consumer demand for these vehicles.
An initiative that could significantly stimulate demand for electric vehicles at the same time as the wider stimulus package which includes taxes to penalize the possession of large SUVs with combustion engines, in addition to the subsidy of 6,000 euros for the purchase of an electric vehicle. A plan that follows that presented by Emmanuel Macron for France, including an increase in the ecological bonus to 7,000 euros for the purchase of an electric car.
Reassure those who want to go electric
According to energy storage specialist The Mobility House, whose investors include Daimler and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, "It is a very clear commitment to battery vehicles and establishes electric mobility as a technology of the future". As part of the government’s stimulus package, € 2.5 billion will be spent on battery cells and charging infrastructure.
It must be said that despite a clear increase in registrations, the electric car market is still marginal in Germany (but this is also true in most countries of the world with the notable exception of Norway), where electric cars accounted for only 1.8% of new passenger car registrations last year, with diesel and petrol cars accounting for 32% and 59.2% respectively.
In addition to the higher cost of electric cars with equivalent range, the question of autonomy remains the main obstacle to the purchase of this type of vehicle, since the rare models to exceed the real 450 km range are cars very expensive (Tesla and Porsche), the average of the rest of the market oscillating between 250 and 350 kilometers of autonomy. Only the Hyundai Kona fares well in "affordable" models with 449 km of range.
Germany’s initiative is interesting in several ways. First of all, it sends a signal to the market and to consumers, indicating a real desire to support them in their choice of electro-mobility. But above all, it is the psychological impact of this type of advertisement that counts. Those who plan to buy an electric car need to be reassured about their ability to travel normally, and to be able to reach any destination without "range anxiety", even if we know that long journeys courses are ultimately in the minority and that most of the use of a car concerns daily, urban and peri-urban travel. Anyway, knowing that we will have charging stations in all service stations has something reassuring because we are in known territory, with the possibility of recharging during a lunch break or nap as we already does this with fuel breaks.
Remember, however, that the idea is not entirely new since it is already not uncommon to find charging stations at service stations, especially on the motorway. Ionity (again …) has made it a specialty since almost all of its stations are located on motorway service areas.