A lack of charging options is hampering the e-mobility boom in Germany

A lack of charging options is hampering the e-mobility boom in Germany-e-mobility

So far, the still comparatively high purchase price for e-cars has been the main obstacle to progress in e-mobility in Germany. A representative survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the charging specialist CTEK among 4,300 respondents now shows that more and more Germans are reluctant to buy an electric vehicle because of insufficient charging options at home and in public spaces.

A good third (35 percent) of those surveyed said they would not buy a Stromer because they did not have a charging station at home. 25 percent stated that they were not planning to purchase an electrically powered car because there were no charging facilities in their local area or at their place of work. For comparison: 39 percent of those surveyed cited the high purchase price as the reason why they did not intend to buy an e-car. Multiple entries were possible.

Another section of the survey shows that charging stations in your own garage or carport are important and that the number of charging options in public spaces is insufficient: According to this, 53 percent of the e-car owners surveyed charge their cars at home. 33 percent of them indicate that they did not know where in their direct environment, the nearest charging station is.

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55 percent of all respondents do not want to buy electric car in the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, the Federal Government hopes to bring at least 15 million e-cars on Germany’s roads by 2030. “Over the past ten years, about 500 are in Germany.000 E cars have been admitted, “says Cecilia Routledge, Global Head of E-Mobility at CTEK:” There is still a lot of potential up here.”She expects increasing demand for electric cars with the steadily declining basic price and the increased purchase bonus for electric cars until 2025. Added to this is the significantly lower maintenance and energy costs, which made a purchase even more attractive.

And through new funding opportunities, the offer of public charging stations will increase. “Furthermore, permanent changes in the world of work are likely to result in people going to work less often, so EV owners who don’t have the option to install a charger at home are increasingly turning to public charging stations, such as shopping malls and supermarkets will be dependent.”

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8 thoughts on “A lack of charging options is hampering the e-mobility boom in Germany”

  1. After 1 year and a total of approx. 30.000 km covered, I can only understand the discussion about not enough charging stations to a limited extent. I only got 2 x no loading space or had to wait. One time was at Ionity during the holiday season, which will indeed be very exciting in the future if everyone drives at the same time. The other time was at IKEA because, of course, everyone is scrambling for the free energy, like vultures about to get into a fight. Luckily I didn’t have to charge it. P.S.: I only have for approx. 20% of the km charged at home. The rest always public.

  2. With 4300 respondents, it is quite representative, but the content really says little.
    There is a relevant proportion of people who do not want to buy an e-car for relevant reasons.
    Unfortunately, there was no question about how their behavior would change if A or B or C happened.

    Would you buy one if:
    A) A public charging station is available on your street?
    B) A wallbox would be installed in their garage
    C) The place of work would provide its own charging facility (private or public)?

    I would find it much more interesting than the question: I’m not buying because… That can only be an excuse.

    Further question:
    How much surcharge on household electricity are the lantern parkers willing to pay if they connect to a public charging station?
    Anyone who burdens the general public with the costs of the floor space should at least be prepared to bear a proportionate share of the installation of the hardware.
    I have to pay for my garage and wallbox installation myself. I probably don’t have to add a charging facility to the free parking lot for free.

  3. @ Philip:

    “With 4300 respondents quite repretcsentimental…”

    The you simply conclude from the sheer number or from what exactly?

    “Unfortunately, no question was about how your behavior would change if A or B or C happens.”

    Yes, that was unfortunately missing!

  4. Yes, the missing charging option are already a big problem, for many people. Personally, I live in a rental apartment in the countryside, far and wide no charging column in sight. Landlord does not want a charging station on his property and my employer (28km away) does not have to set up before charging columns. Next public charging option is good 30km away from me. My little 2014 SKODA FABIA with 60ps (completely paid off) does diligent your service and that will remain so that I just can not afford an electric car. These rolling battery tanks are quite expensive, even with funding, and the small electric cars (200 to 400 km range) are far too little for me. At some point I will have to buy an e-car, because fuel prices are already extremely expensive and I can hardly afford it. But I can’t really afford an electric car at the moment. People with little money are often forgotten or forgotten when it comes to this topic. hidden.

  5. It’s easy, as long as there are large parking lots in front of supermarkets, hardware stores, sports facilities, etc. not having at least 1 charging station for every 5 parking spaces will have nothing to do with e-mobility. The former transport minister Scheuer prevented this for years. Unfortunately, the electricity from public charging stations is still much more expensive than at home. It is therefore clear to me that charging with my own PV system makes sense, since I can charge here for 12.31 cents/kWh.

  6. Too few charging options? At home alone I have 50 sockets and my BEV can be charged at any of them without any problems. Also goes to 90% of all other sockets in Germany. I don’t need stations. A nice resident who lets me connect to his household socket for 8 to 12 hours and charges a 10er is enough for me.

  7. Since I have electricity in the garage, there have only been three more or less successful charging attempts at Lidl, which I would like to report on here. The first was so difficult that I only managed to start the charging process when my wife had already finished shopping. The app I had already installed at home wasn’t self-explanatory. Fortunately, I learned from another e-car driver who had connected his car to the DC column that I first had to set up a tariff in the app, although charging while shopping was free. Since my car only charges in one phase with 7.4kW, there was so little power in the battery in 10 minutes that it wouldn’t even have been enough for the way home. I then wanted to charge at least something with the DC charger, also to try out the charging speed of our car. I found it strange that the column continued to appear as occupied in the app, although the previous user had long since left and the charging process simply could not be started. Calling the hotline after which the column was restarted remotely was also unsuccessful. So we went home to our own can.

    On my second attempt a few weeks later, I was again unable to start the charging process on the same column. The green light signaled that everything was ok, turned blue, then red and the display read: We’re sorry, an error has occurred… The very friendly hotline agent said he couldn’t find the entire charging station on his Calculator see, there would have to look probably times the technician.

    For the third try, I drove to another charging station of the same discounter, which was on my way home. The charging process on the DC charger could not be started there either. At least the AC charger worked, so I was able to charge a little over three kilowatt hours while shopping after wasting half an hour trying in vain to initiate a DC charge.

    You still have to be very grateful when you can charge at home.


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