BERLIN (dpa-AFX) - Ahead of the car summit in the Federal Chancellery, Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) believes that the industry has a duty to expand e-mobility. "To achieve this, we need a committed automotive industry that pulls together with us and, in addition to delivering e-vehicles, also contributes to the forward-looking expansion of the charging infrastructure," Wissing told Handelsblatt. Politics and business must work together to make e-mobility attractive and commonplace for people.

Wissing pointed out that politicians are working intensively on more progress in e-mobility and are driving forward the expansion of the charging infrastructure. "There are currently around 100,000 publicly accessible charging points in operation in Germany. That's twice as many as two years ago," said Wissing. The total charging capacity available has also risen from two to 4.3 gigawatts. "We started building the German network with around 9,000 new ultra-fast charging points back in September. The first new location will open in December," said the Minister.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wants to discuss the expansion of electromobility with the automotive industry on Monday (1 pm). Representatives from manufacturers and suppliers, trade unions and works councils as well as from the energy sector, science and environmental associations are expected to attend the top-level meeting in Berlin. The discussion will focus on how to achieve the target of 15 million electric cars by 2030 and how to support a further market ramp-up of battery-powered models. There are currently just over one million purely electric cars registered in Germany - out of a total of more than 48 million passenger cars./als/DP/stk