Wittke noted that the related support programs were being developed. But he said these programs had not been adapted to the latest climate protection goals thus far. To reach these goals, more must be done on behalf of the e-car, Wittke told the audience.
Quickly tackling existing barriers
Bernhard Mattes, the President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), stressed one other point: To be truly environmentally friendly and sustainable, e-cars must also use green power. And one other important aspect is: They need a well developed charging network to make these vehicles attractive to customers. Volkswagen AG is already active in both areas with IONITY and Elli. But it is still dependent on a partnership with industry and, of course, politicians. Therefore, renters and property owners must have the right to install a private wallbox at the parking place. Currently, this right does not exist. This and other barriers must be addressed quickly. “We need a master plan for e-mobility in Germany. Politicians, car manufacturers and energy companies must now pull together – also in the interests of Germany as a location for automobiles," demands Ulbrich. In the VDA this request is discussed quite controversially. There are clear advocates, but also opponents of focusing on the electric car. This is not unusual: With such a far-reaching system change, debates are almost normal.