"Gone up" the dream of owning an electric car: Munich is driving an old diesel again after a year
Created: 12/22/2022 11:36 am
By: Yasina Hipp
A Munich teacher wanted to make his contribution to environmental protection and buy an electric car.
But he failed because of the regulations and is now back in the diesel car.
Munich – The sound of the engine starting and the cloud of exhaust gas escaping from the exhaust pipe meanwhile must have made Holger Macht's heart bleed.
Every day, people from Munich commute from the Bavarian capital to Bad Tölz, around 100 kilometers away.
Power teaches there as a teacher at the Fachoberschule (FOS).
He commutes a total of 25,000 kilometers a year.
Macht is well aware that it also emits a lot of exhaust gases and wanted to change that.
Munich wants to get an e-car: But then numerous obstacles are put in its way
After his faithful companion, an old Skoda with a rattling diesel engine, finally gave up the ghost after 20 years, it was the right time for power to change something.
He told the
: "It was absolutely clear to me: I really wanted an electric car." So he started to gather information.
Numerous factors are relevant for an e-car, because there are now many different models: size, range, battery performance and charging options are just four points on a long list that need to be clarified.
For the time being, Holger Macht cannot drive through the streets with Husky Tommy in an electric car.
Holger Macht started in the summer of 2021 with the latter point, the charging option.
He asked his landlord, the Munich municipal housing association Gewofag, for permission to install a so-called wall box in his underground parking space.
Because: The basic condition for Holger Macht was: "If I buy an electric car, then with its own charging point in the underground car park."
Wall boxes for e-cars
Wall boxes are private charging stations for e-cars at home.
Supplying the electric car with fresh energy on your own property is very convenient and makes the owner less dependent on the public charging network.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when installing.
The charging capacity of the socket must be appropriate in order to avoid overheating, cable fires and the like.
Experts are always needed here.
Recently, even food discounter Lidl had such a wall box on offer.
At first the way seems to be clear for the private charging station
After the request, Gewofag sent an expert to Holger Macht in the underground car park for an examination.
And indeed: about five meters away from his parking space there is an electrical junction that would be suitable for the wall box.
At first it sounds like the go-ahead for their attachment – also for the Munich teacher.
So he chose his dream e-car for around 60,000 euros.
He wanted to finance the Kia with a loan.
Incidentally, the number of e-cars on the roads across Germany is falling.
The Munich teacher failed to connect the electric car at home.
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But before it could even get that far, the disillusionment followed.
He received mail from his landlord: it was not possible to lay a line from the location of the wall box to the electricity meter in his apartment.
And it is only through such a direct line that the individual power consumption of the future electric car can be measured.
There was no other option.
Munich is fighting for its electric car and is going through local politics
Since this line of argument was not conclusive for him after the first examination, Holger Macht decided to go through local politics.
He contacted the city council faction of the Greens, the mayor's office of Verena Dietl, the public utilities and also the city council faction of the SPD.
Everyone campaigned for power and apparently followed up with Gewofag.
This prompted a new review, but not until May 2022, almost a year after the first report.
But here, too, disillusionment for power: The only option is and remains: to lay a line from his apartment on the seventh floor down to the underground car park.
Cost including wall box: 18,000 euros.
When asked by our editors, Holger Macht confirms that Gewofag has had "no reaction at all" to date, although he is still hoping for clarification.
A step in this direction could be a city council request from the CSU.
It calls for a “concept for the promotion of individual e-mobility” from the municipal housing association.
For Holger Macht, however, he has "completely given up" on his dream of owning an electric car because of the bureaucracy and the regulations of his lessor, Gewofag.
He replaced his old Skoda with a used Ford with a diesel engine.