04/10/2015, Berlin

BDEW on extending the infrastructure for electric vehicles:

Extension of the charging infrastructure for electric cars in Germany is on track

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is the federal state with the most charging points / Stuttgart frontrunner among the cities / BDEW develops industry proposal for customer-friendly access

In Germany, the number of charging points for electric vehicles is constantly on the increase. Last year, a total of 5,500 publicly accessible charging points were available. This means that more than 800 new charging points have been added since mid-2014, which represents an increase of 18 per cent. These figures have been taken from the results of a new survey conducted by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) among its members and other market participants.

According to BDEW, 839 cities and municipalities now have at least one public charging station (December 2013: 652). North Rhine-Westphalia is the federal state with the largest total number of public charging points (1,321), immediately followed by Baden-Württemberg (1,115) and Bavaria (756). Among the German cities, Stuttgart (384), Berlin (247) and Hamburg (236) have the most public charging stations. In December 2014, there was a total of 26,006 electrically powered vehicles on the roads (2013: 13,548).

"The growth in charging points shows that the energy sector is driving forward the extension of the infrastructure for electric vehicles and continues to back this trend-setting and environmentally-friendly drive technology," says Roger Kohlmann, member of BDEW’s General Executive Management Board. However, one thing is clear: the energy sector is not capable of shouldering the set-up of the infrastructure alone. "In order to ensure the loss-making public charging infrastructure continues to grow in parallel with the increase in the number of vehicles in Germany, we need to take a partnership approach to financing between the public sector and business. BDEW is currently developing proposals to this end and is aiming to present an appropriate concept for a market activation programme this summer," said Kohlmann.

The energy industry is committed to making the public charging points customer-friendly. To be accepted by car drivers, the most important factor is for them to be able to charge their vehicles without any problems at any charging post, irrespective of their provider. According to BDEW, standard payment and access systems are crucial for achieving this. "The energy industry has therefore agreed that from mid-2015, it will only build charging posts whereby any customer is capable of starting the charging process spontaneously with their mobile phone," said Kohlmann.
It is also essential that the network of processes running in the background continues to be extended, with operators of charging infrastructures being interconnected with EV power providers and the vehicle via IT platforms. This multi-provider and cross-border charging based on roaming contracts would be another step towards raising the level of acceptance of electromobility.


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