Germany's Scholz praises auto industry amid protests, announces EV expansion law

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MUNICH, Germany :German Chancellor Olaf Scholz lauded the German car industry's efforts at electrification at Munich's IAA car show and condemned protests as "irritating" as he announced a new law to expand the number of electric vehicle charging stations.

Scholz said that the coming weeks will see Germany become "the first country in Europe to introduce a law requiring operators of 80 per cent of all service stations to provide fast-charging options with at least 150 kilowatts for e-cars".

The expansion will make range anxiety a thing of the past for EV drivers, he added.

Sporting an eye patch after a jogging accident at the weekend, Scholz did not give a time frame for the initiative.

Europe's biggest economy has only 90,000 public charging points but is targeting 1 million by 2030 to boost EV take-up.

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