The electric car is in crisis.
As soon as there is no more funding, demand collapses, although some manufacturers and importers take countermeasures by simply taking over the funding themselves or granting higher discounts.
Last year wasn't all that bad.
524,219 units were newly registered.
If things continued like this, we would have the 15 million electric cars advocated by politicians in just under 25 years.
So 2050 and not 2030.
In order to be ready by 2030, more than two million battery-powered cars would have to be sold in Germany every year.
This is completely utopian.
And it remains to be seen whether this mass of electric cars would overwhelm our energy network.
Common sense says this could happen.
Last week, Aral complained that the planned expansion of its charging network (Aral pulse) was taking far too long because of the slow bureaucracy.
They want to offer 5,000 charging points by 2025 and 20,000 by 2030. The gas station operator, who is currently celebrating 100 years of “Aral”, originally a name for a new fuel, is moving with the times, but also speaks of being open to technology, after all it will be a long time coming Need diesel and gasoline.
In addition to electricity, Aral wants to expand the range of bio-CNG (natural gas), hydrogen or HVO (diesel from organic waste).
And we are working on additional fuels for the future.
The gas station in 20 years will look completely different than it does today, predicts Aral boss Achim Bothe.
In addition to the diverse range of electricity, fuels and lubricants, there will be even more extensive shopping opportunities through even more Rewe-to-go shops and perhaps also battery changing and parcel stations.
The electric car will probably not yet be fully established.
At least not if the range, charging problems and prices remain the same.
Aral would do well to keep everything open.