ADAC: “Loading must be as easy as refueling”


If it goes to the customers of e-cars, the shop network should be nationwide, convenient, cheap and transparent. But still there are too few quick charging stations, and many consumers threaten to get lost in an impulse tariff jungle. Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) said the German Press Agency (DPA): “We have to get it that prices – as in the dispenser – are also perceptible for every transparent.”

The number of newly authorized electric cars in Germany has increased significantly in recent months, including higher state subsidies. The boom is politically intended – and necessary so that climate goals can be met in traffic. Because it is expected that in the future will be loaded at home especially at home, the installation of private charging stations is also promoted.

The publicly accessible shop grows also, reports “Automotive “Calling on dpa. There are currently around 45 according to the Federal Network Agency.000 public charging points in Germany – but only about 6500 fast load points. About tenders starting soon, until the year 2023 with state promotion charging pillars with a capacity of more than 150 kilowatts of 1000 additional locations are created – such as distance roads.

Especially with regard to reach and everyday use, there are continues to provide consumer services to E-vehicles, Adac Traffic President Gerhard Hillebrand is quoted. Therefore, progress in the charging infrastructure should be so important. “Loading must be as easy as refueling.”Currently the invite is often a complex process – especially with a view of the payment option and the numerous different tariffs. Markus Emmert, board of the Federal Association of Emobility, said the customer must know in advance, which cost his charging process.

For the prices, more comparability is necessary, which is severely limited by currently very different pricing, the Baden-Wurttemberg Consumer Minister of Consumer Peter Hauk (CDU) said. Therefore, there should be a market transparency office for loading tariffs – for this, on the initiative of Baden-Wurttemberg and Berlin, the consumer protection ministers conference was used in May. Charging column operators should be required to report prices, price components, occupancy status and payment options to this point and upgrading. These data could provide transparency about the apps of the drivers.

So far, there is still a tariff jungle, said Thorsten Storck, energy expert at the Comparison Portal Verivox. “There are countless combinations of prices per kilowatt hour, per loading process, per minute, base fees, roaming fees and extra charges for fast charging.”Add to do a variety of charging cards and apps that only worked on specific charging columns. This leads to large price differences. For customers it would be easiest if they could decide for a tariff, which then applies to each charging column. “For this purpose, a mandatory transmission model would be necessary, for example, which is already available for the power grid.”

A uniform payment system for ad hoc charging to publicly accessible charging columns is the goal of the new charging column ordinance. In the future, operators must offer at least one contactless payment with common debit and credit card. The regulation applies to all charging columns from the 1. July 2023 are put into operation, already operated charging pillars do not have to be retrofitted. Even people without a smartphone should be able to load and pay electricity at any time at the pillars, the Ministry of Economy had argued.

The energy industry but runs storm against the new duty – concern for additional costs for suppliers and customers, according to the boss of the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW), Kerstin Andreae. “The expansion hook, spontaneous ad hoc loading is more expensive and today digitally secure price transparency is lost with the card readings.”Scheuer said,” I think that’s wrong that new charging columns have to be equipped with EC and credit card readings.”He gave a log statement in the Cabinet. “That’s a regulation of yesterday.”

In terms of price transparency, the market has made tremendous progress in recent years, said Andreae. Meanwhile, nationwide kilowatt hours-based tariffs are the rule. “Most of the loading contract service providers offer their customers solid and transparent tariffs for normal and fast-loaded.”Customers like mobile phone have a wide range of rates, which most likely commit their user behavior – about frequent frequent riders or flatrates. If you do not have a charge agreement or whose charging contract in individual cases do not cover the relevant charging column, you can retrieve the price per kilowatt hour at the charging column at the ad hoc charge, usually over a QR code.

“Typically, electromobility customers, similar to mobile phone customers, at a charging provider,” said a spokeswoman of the energy supplier EnBW. At about 95 percent of all charging columns in Germany, a uniform price. There is a cross-provider transparency. When adhes with the ad hoc loading, the price of each provider is refueling on a gas station.

In the contract-based invite, the contract providers would need access to all charging points, said the President of the Association of the Automotive Industry, Hildegard Muller. “Clear: Only with simple, transparent and customer-friendly charging solutions can the drain of electromobility can succeed in the future.”

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4 thoughts on “ADAC: “Loading must be as easy as refueling””

  1. I do not know if the charging looks so bad in comparison with the refueling.

    Because price transparency is not given when refueling now. The liter price fluctuates enormously depending on the day and daytime. Where it is cheap, changing constantly and to devote whether you should still wait or refuel, it needs specialized apps. Superless is also that no more any row columns has every fuel, but the so-called premium fuels partly in exclusive rows are offered in the best position. Since you can only pay inside and gas station to be treated to expensive supermarkets, the payment process can last.

    Now comes soon the barrier-free payment. Then everything is the same. I think the loading needs to be better than refueling. This means charging operations must be extremely easy to use there, where you spend time before. For example, shopping, hairdressing, fitness center, doctor or massage, cinema or theater, events and events.
  2. Loading is a bit different than refueling, but more complicated? The demands sound like people do not really drive e-car. Usually one or two providers were taken out and charging cards ordered by them. So you know before you even go somewhere what a kWh will cost. The costs abroad are already fixed. Start the charging pump, plug in, charging card drain ready.

    I do not need a smartphone for this. It makes it easier for just the search for a column and whether it is free. I do not need a display on the charging column, because I already know what it costs. Yes, then the charging column must soon stop for 3 people who would like to pay too much at the ad hoc charging still a contactless payment option. After 1 year, the charging column operators will complain that this newly created payment option is much never used because people remember that you charge a charging card cheaper. In addition, cars will soon come out with Plug and Charge and you only need to plug in, as with Tesla.

    I do not understand the tailmeck that is made about it.


  3. To go with an Eauto on long routes is a big planning tasks, unless it is about products with the T in the logo.
    Although there are car software and great apps, which basically communicate a charging station, but offer more or less information, or even do not exist at the displayed position, or are not free, although other is displayed.
    What do me use charging stations, which own under 50kW charging power, or HPC loaders where vehicles like I3 stand, where I know exactly, that can take properly.
    It has to happen something, the digitization should use the person, and not in the blabla great politician ending, which anyway only their combustion and environmental protection is denounced only on the election poster.
    Cars must be able to communicate with each other and the charging stations in the future, the prices must be transparent and usury prices must be banned, with everything over 30 cents for me not understandable.
    Unfortunately, there is much too few providers of fast charging stations, and if, these are now very expensive.
    There can be thought, the price would decline, the more customers there are.
    But on the contrary. The customer becomes a milking cow.
    50 cents per kWh are usury! It is no wonder why the burner is constantly revived with phevs. Or are it the OEMs who have their fingers in the game?
    It must be said again and again. On long routes Tesla are the only ones that make it very good. The stations are properly distributed, the cost and billing Easy.
    Who does not believe that should drive at the holiday weekend of Berlin to the North Sea or Baltic Sea. On and on the highways, there is pending, there is no matching charging infrastructure, and if this is otherwise in use, just not for loading.

  4. Charging card chaos and price transparency will consolidate relatively quickly. It is important above all that fast-loading options are created in more attractive places than in commercial areas. I’m already clear to me why that happens, there is the power supply easier. But then the network must be expanded. I am not surrounded by a recycling yard, a kitchen studio and McDonalds half an hour the feet in the belly. Even privately I avoid highway travers like the devil the holy water. But I do not have to stay there fortunately.
    In my idea I drive around the year 2040, then in my first electric car, to the Atlantic Ocean. After halfway, I’m taking a break in a noble restaurant and take a 4-course menu to me. The 150kWh battery invites you full again and I drive (or. Let me drive from the car) the 2. stage.


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