Angela Merkel visits the Volkswagen production line for the electric car ID.3, in Zwickau, Germany on Nov 4. Jens Büttne / picture alliance via Getty Images German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she wants to see 1 million charging stations for electric cars across the country by 2030. Speaking in her weekly video podcast, Merkel said boosting the number of charging spots for e-vehicles would encourage consumers to move away from internal combustion engines and shift to low-emission cars. Mobility in the future should be " climate -friendly, flexible, value for money and comfortable," Merkel said. Germany currently has around 21,000 charging points. The government is hoping to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in half by 2030 . To help meet that target, Berlin has introduced a number of measures to promote greener modes of transport, including offering subsidies of up to €4,000 ($4,400) to offset the cost of a new electric vehicle. Merkel said further electric car buyers could be attracted if the government and industry share the cost of increased subsidies. The chancellor’s comments came ahead of a planned meeting with car industry executives on Monday. Merkel said the event would focus on how Germany’s car sector […]


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