Oliver Blume: Governments not doing enough on electric car chargers

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2023-06-09 20:50:11  • 3 mins

Speaking out:Oliver Blume

The biggest threat to the electric car revolution is the failure of governments to keep pace with it, says Oliver Blume, global head of Volkswagen and Porsche.

Carmakers are doing their bit to provide enough zero-emissions vehicles, yet politicians who have set stringent deadlines to kill off petrol and diesel cars from 2030 are not providing public chargers fast enough, the boss of Europe's largest car manufacturer claims.

Installing chargers was a collaboration between car makers, energy providers and the authorities. But governments and the EU needed to do more to help meet their own targets, Blume told me in an exclusive interview.

'It's not enough to define an ambitious target. You need a clear plan and timings,' he said. 'We will deliver the products. But government has to think about the charging infrastructure. We are prepared but need more support. Each filling station needs charging points.'

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