“He says, then he invites”: E driver want more loading options

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A well-functioning public charging infrastructure is centrally for the successful distribution of e-mobility in Germany. Just in time for the decision of the European Commission to expand public charging infrastructure, the market research and consulting firm uscale has the assessments and requirements of e-auto drivers. A survey of good 1800 e-car drivers shows what experiences they have made with the public loading infrastructure – and where they see expansion and optimization requirements.

E-auto driver use the survey according to a variety of charging options. 76 percent of respondents have a charging solution (mostly a wallbox). Nevertheless, they also use (semi) public charging infrastructure. On average, on all respondents and depending on their individual charging solutions, 39 percent of the recorded energy quantities (semi) are publicly charged. In particular, the high importance of charging operations on customer parking spaces (12 percent) falls.


The survey shows that public charging infrastructure is relevant for each load profile. Among the users can also be a great majority, which uses as every opportunity to load as possible – regardless of whether the battery level requires or you have a charging option at home or at the employer. The often mentioned motto under e-car drivers is: “He says, then he invites.”

Expansion of public loading infrastructure: AC in front of DC

More than 90 percent of respondents see a massive expansion of public charging columns and the largest parking in the villages and residential areas. The further expansion of fast loaders is mainly welcomed exceptions. Innort is a preference for slow loading. One of the study participants believe that “the potential of many relatively weak charging points that are available to people where the vehicle is underestimated” is underestimated “, so uscale. The following graphic shows where e-driver see the biggest expansion.


83 percent of respondents have already made experience with shop problems. Most commonly, problems with the charging start (74 percent) and with charging breaks (50 percent) are called. Many of the participants repeatedly emphasize how crucial from their point of view is a reliable functioning charging infrastructure for the success of the electromobility offensive in Germany.

The numerous actors – from the charging column manufacturer, the energy supplier, the municipalities and communities to the vehicle manufacturer – should work together to develop solutions to increase the reliability of public loading infrastructure, closes USCale.

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6 thoughts on ““He says, then he invites”: E driver want more loading options”

  1. Above all, I see the problem with auto users,

    • which have no own parking space with charging options, and
    • which are often traveling in rural areas.

    Inner-city can be built many AC charging stations, whether this is useful is questionable, especially as most rather than parking lots are used.
    A well-developed and distributed quick-release network on gas stations, shopping centers, parking, etc. Would be very helpful. The faster, the more BEVs can be handled on a column.
    And, creates these phevs and car-sharers from the loading points, AC in particular, which block and park more than that they really wanted to shop.

  2. As I have written: Dear owners of large park squares (Z.b. Furniture stores), please do not build the loading places in the last row in the first. If you are in the first row you will often abused by people who do not have to load, but use the place because they can then park comfortably in the first row.

    No one voluntarily introduces itself into the last row if he does not have to. So you would also find a free charging column more frequently as e-motorists.

    As someone who has a charging option at home, I have now been alive to invite me to invite public charging columns, if I’m not far away from home and rely on a load.


  3. For this you may have to say that the pure BEV drivers are not all with fame that the use of public charging columns are concerned. I recently saw an ID3 with Cologne license plate, backwards central parked in front of a charging column with 2 charging points and thereby occupied both parking spaces. The second charging point was no longer usable.

  4. We have just a 4000 km tour to Sweden behind us. Has worked, but defective charging columns have gotten us the day more than once. Once we even had to be towed to the next column – big thanks to the hook who regulated that.
    Some pillars are reported as working in the apps, but do not go. And in this state they sometimes stay for weeks. Would be nice if there is an A-kick mechanism gaue a la Federal Network Agency.

  5. It lacks the expansion of the charging columns in the trade. E-Center, Rewe-Center, Kaufland and similar would have to set up many more charging columns.
    With our E-Center, the 2 AC loaders are always occupied. When I lasted for the last time our Autohof, none of the new 4 fast loader was occupied.


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