Since the German car industry has not been able to achieve a large-scale own production of electric car battery cells, the Federal Government is driving forward the formation of consortia. Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein now want to improve the conditions for a battery factory.
The two countries have launched an initiative in the Federal Council to relieve future battery cell manufacturers, reports the industry portal Energate Messenger, They are therefore committed to reducing ancillary costs such as grid charges and the electricity tax for such producers.
The motion for a resolution submitted by Lower Saxony, which follows Schleswig-Holstein, further states that the Federal Council should call for a "permanent full or partial exemption from the EEG levy" for the purchase of electricity from local companies with large-scale cell production.
Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein argue aloud Energate Messengerthat the required relief is necessary so that German manufacturers, suppliers and energy companies do not lose touch with the key electromobility technology. Applicants also referred to the economic and labor market potential of battery cell production.
The Lower Saxony Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) said in the Bundesrat that due to the change in the auto industry to alternative drives thousands of jobs are eliminated. Battery cell production creates new employment, a "clear commitment" of the federal government for a domestic production is therefore of central importance. This includes an attractive location policy.
When and in what form German companies will produce electric car battery cells in this country is still unclear. Lastly, it was said that an advertised billions in funding had caused great interest. Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) said in March: "Our call for support to build a battery cell production is a great success and reflects the spirit of optimism in the industry."