Further dispute over card payments at e-charging stations

Released on 19.09. 2021

  • From summer 2023 card readers must be installed in charging stations for e-cars. Photo: Jan Woitas

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From summer 2023 E- To be equipped with a card reader – that is a decided matter. The parties continue to argue about the topic

Berlin (dpa) – The expansion of the charging network for electric cars is becoming a controversial topic in the federal election campaign. The SPD defended the future requirement for card payment options at new charging stations and sharply rejected criticism from Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU).

«The payment system ensures that as many people as possible can access the columns without barriers can use », said SPD parliamentary group vice Sören Bartol of the German press agency. Scheuer’s allegations to Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) are “cheap diversions”. card readers must be installed. Older models do not have to be converted. Scheuer criticized that the “debit card lobbyism” had hit Scholz in full. “He is now responsible for the slower expansion of the charging stations due to the additional technical requirements,” said the CSU politician of the dpa. In the meantime, you can even pay with your mobile phone at the supermarket checkout.

Bartol, on the other hand, accused the Minister of Transport of having “slept through” the charging column expansion: “We neither have enough columns nor a uniform one Pricing system. We missed four years with the expansion of the charging station because of chafing and thus achieved too little for the expansion of e-mobility. ” He is now trying to distract him from this.

The automotive and energy industries had also criticized the agreed obligation to use card readers as being out of date and wanted to increasingly rely on numbers via apps and other digital models. Banks, cities and municipalities, on the other hand, criticized that the current “payment chaos” is slowing down e-mobility. Currently there are more than 46 000 public charging stations in Germany no uniform payment system, but hundreds of operators, contract models and tariffs.

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