German charging column infrastructure for electric cars “A desert”

German charging column infrastructure for electric cars

An analysis of the Car Institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen shows that the charging infrastructure in Germany is still not prepared for a large number of electric cars. In the 50 largest German cities there is a total of only 1897 public charging columns. “Large cities in this country are inadequately prepared for the mobility turnaround,” said institute director Ferdinand Dudenhoffer of the Suddeutsche Zeitung, which has the study.

The best coverage is in the Autostadt Stuttgart, where the manufacturers Daimler and Porsche as well as the supplier Bosch are based. There are 180 public charging stations there, i.e. one for every 2.694 inhabitants. Osnabruck follow at a respectful distance (one column per 7th.113 inhabitants), Muhlheim (7.935) and Karlsruhe (8.099). Hamburg is the first megacity to appear in fifth place, with one public charging station per 8th.131 residents. Berlin (10.597) and Munich (12.686) ended up in eleventh and 20th place. A look abroad shows how inadequate the charging infrastructure is in German cities: According to the study, there is one charging station for every 650 inhabitants in Amsterdam.

For electric car drivers, “Germany is a desert that they should avoid in extreme areas,” said Dudenhoffer. Especially in Gelsenkirchen, Leverkusen and Solingen – the last three cities in the ranking, with only one column on just under 50 each.000 inhabitants – it looks particularly bleak. One of these deserts are also Bavaria’s three largest cities.

In the home of Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (CSU), of all places, there are fewer charging stations in Munich, Nuremberg and Augsburg than in Stuttgart: 164. You can also take a look at the German charging stations on our map for charging stations in Germany, which is only marginally…

“German politicians and the automotive industry overslept electromobility,” says Kurt Sigl, President of the Federal Association of E-Mobility, and once again brings up the chicken-and-egg problem: electric cars sell badly because there are not enough public charging stations. And because there are so few electric cars, the operation of charging stations is not yet worthwhile. There is now an electric car purchase premium and a 300 million euro subsidy program for the construction of charging stations. “In relation to the claim of the Germans to technology leadership” and compared to the state investments in the Netherlands or Norway, the German efforts are “a joke”.

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