In addition to the comprehensive package of measures to deal with the corona pandemic, the Federal Cabinet yesterday also passed a reform of the residential property law. In the future, both owners and tenants will have a legal right to the installation of a charging device for an electric vehicle. Reinhard Zirpel, President of the Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (VDIK), commented: “The Federal Government, the members of the Bundestag and many other political leaders deserve great thanks for their extraordinary efforts to contain the corona pandemic. We welcome the fact that the cabinet has also initiated the important reform of the law on home ownership. For despite the historical challenge posed by the corona virus, we are also keeping a close eye on the goal of helping electromobility achieve a breakthrough. The private charging infrastructure is of crucial importance in this context.

Surveys of e-car buyers have shown that the ability to charge at home is a crucial prerequisite for the purchase of an electric car. To achieve the target of around 10 million electric cars in Germany by 2030, the automotive industry estimates that 8 to 11 million charging points are required in the private sector.

However, German rental and home ownership law is currently still a major obstacle to the establishment of private charging points. The Act on the Promotion of Electromobility and Modernisation of the German Home Ownership Act is intended to remedy this situation. In future, both home owners and tenants are to be given the right to install charging infrastructure.