Germany has announced plans to have one million electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country by 2030.

Insufficient fuel infrastructure is offputting for potential EV buyers.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the installation of more charging points would encourage drivers to embrace low-emission battery-powered vehicles and turn away from internal combustion engines.

Merkel said: “For this purpose, we want to create a million charging points by the year 2030 and the industry will have to participate in this effort that is what we will be talking about.”

Germany currently has around 21,000 car charging points installed.

By 2030, the country aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% from the 1990 levels.

In recent years, Germany launched several measures in an effort to promote green vehicles, including providing subsidies of up to €4,000 to bring down the cost of an EV.

The government is also focusing on quick actions to enable its transport sector to rise to the challenge of meeting national emissions targets.

In addition to EVs, the government and industry is exploring vehicles operating on hydrogen fuel cells and plans to bear the cost of subsidies.

The government also intends to see seven to ten million EVs on the roads by 2030, an increase from approximately 220,000 in August last year.

The Prime Minister of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil said he wanted 100,000 public charging points by 2021.

Volkswagen, which is based in Lower Saxony, is committed to moving towards EVs but cited the need for further charging infrastructure.