German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an address Sunday that she wants the country to have one million charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030. Merkel wants to shift Germany's car culture towards low-emission, battery vehicles in order to stem global warming and she has a meeting with car industry executives on Monday to discuss the matter. 

“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,” Merkel said in her weekly video podcast. 

Germany currently has around 21,000 charging stations, but there are several challenges the country will have to face to meet Merkel's ambitious goal of one million. Many Germans live in multi-story residential blocks, and the cost of installing new charging points will likely fall onto residents' associations, which could be a major burden.

The increased number of charging stations could also put a burden on Germany's electricity infrastructure.

Electric cars made up a 1.68% of the total German new car market from January to June, with 31,059 EV passenger cars registered out of 1,849,000 new cars sold during the first half of the year.

As EVs continue to expand in the German market, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly looking at Germany for a future factory to manufacture Tesla vehicles.

Major automakers such as BMW, Daimler and Ford have come together to create Ionity in 2017, a network of charging systems that would facilitate EV travel across Europe.