IG Metall demands the mandatory installation of payment terminals in shopping centers

IG Metall demands the mandatory installation of payment terminals in shopping centers


(new: Full energy and water union)

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The Metall industry association is campaigning for shopping malls to be forced to close charging stations for electric cars. “Large car parks in shopping centers and highways should have charging stations on a mandatory basis,” IG Metall chairman Jörg Hofmann told the newspapers of the Funke media group. This should be done through legislation. Achieving the goal of 15 million electric vehicles in Germany by 2030 will depend on the infrastructure of charging stations and the internet, the union president said.

The retail and energy industry rejected this request. The Confederation of the German Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) said that the development of the public charging offer is already well under way. This is done above all in the context of many partnerships between retailers and companies in the energy and payment sector, BDEW managing director Kerstin Andreae said on Wednesday. The easiest and fastest way to further accelerate the deployment of payment centers is to access public spaces.

For the Confederation of German Trade and Industry (HDE), director general Stefan Genth said that the obligation to close payment terminals in retail stores was neither necessary nor necessary. At least 15% of all public charging stations are already installed at retail sites. One in three fast charging points are at retailers. Businesses, however, need the freedom to choose their own locations. “Not all areas are suitable for installation. It is wise to develop the infrastructure according to the market, so that you do not miss the needs of the irrigation pipe,” said Genth.

In addition, appropriate support is required, including commercial payment centers. “All this is still bureaucratic, very time-consuming and cannot be used by businesses, because the basic requirement is that the car park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, this is not possible for about 55% of the car parks ,” said the party director./brd/DP/jha