The fight for the charging columns is open

The fight for the charging columns is open-fight

With the EU climate package, the pressure grows to expand the network for E-charging columns. Especially energy companies invest in the still young market and are increasingly looking for locations.

More than 4000 charging points, for example, is the market leader EnBW – and thus more than any other in the country, reports the “Handelsblatt”, citing the charging column register of the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW). Accordingly, around 2400 providers rely on the growing market and with their charging stations electricity for the now around a million e-cars and plug-in hybrids offer. More than 40.000 charging points counts the association.

Although this is far less than one million, which the federal government has set itself the goal of the Federal Government by 2030 to supply ten million e-mobile, it means. In view of the ambitious climate objectives of the EU Commission, after which emissions of new vehicles must be zero from 2035, it may even be 14 to 15 million. But with fast charging stations, the need could even sink.

“In view of the now available fast load capacities, we will need far less than the one million charging columns undertaken by the Federal Government,” quotes the “Handelsblatt” the head of Eon’s e-mobility division, Mathias Woecher. The reason is the loading capacities per pillar, which would be far higher with up to 300 kilowatts than the values forecasted with 50 kilowatts.

The focus is currently shifting significantly towards quick loading hubs with multiple charging points, which also enable higher performance, is therefore also stated in the association of community companies (VKU). Its members, the municipal utilities, would put more than half of the charging points in public space.

Especially the energy suppliers invest in the still young market. In the BDEW list follow at the second place Allego, a subsidiary of the Dutch network operator Alliander, after which the EON subsidiary Innogy and regional suppliers such as EWE, the Stadtwerke Munich or the electricity network Hamburg GmbH come.

But the order is only conditionally meaningful according to “Handelsblatt”. So EON is the true number one: supplemented by the activities of its regional suppliers, the company counts 5000 charging points. Oil-Multi Shell is only led with his daughter Oil with 20 charging points, but do far more charging columns – for example by purchases such as New Motion or by the cooperation with ionity, the joint venture of BMW, Daimler, Ford and VW. “Currently we offer around 140 charging points to 68 shell stations,” a shell spokeswoman is quoted. By 2030 it should be 3000 fast load points to 1000 gas stations.

Market leader EnBW maintains the largest rapid store network in accordance with its own experiences with around 600 locations. It should be 2500 by 2025. These were more locations than the mineral oil companies would have. In the face of tight surfaces EnBW cooperates with the trade. So the Group builds on 50 locations of the drug store chain DM fast loader. For a total of 1000 locations, feasibility studies were commissioned.

Parking of trade are valuable for every charging column operator, it says. Companies such as IKEA already offer charging options at every location. It is not only the task of politics, but also the company, explained a spokeswoman the commitment. Loading the customers could free.

The mineral oil company BP wants to be with Aral’s own provider for ultra-fast shop. By the end of the year, 500 quick loading points should be set up to more than 120 Aral gas stations. create. Currently there are 136 charging points to 32 stations. Also 2022 should continue to expand. To do this, BP cooperates with Volkswagen. The goal: Europe-wide charging columns to 4000 BP and Aral petrol stations, most in Germany and the United Kingdom.

The Federal Cartel Office is constantly monitoring the development and has announced an investigation of the market. Finally, it is not easy to enter corporations such as Shell or BP. Depending on the location, the decision to build up to completion on average one year. Most of the reported charging columns are also owned by regional electricity suppliers or municipalities as well as communities and cities – and less of private companies. So the charging column register is currently 300 car dealerships as well as 115 hotels and above all a lot of providers with only one or two charging points.

After the energy sectors would have held back for years, the chances of making money to make money with a charging column, BDEW’s main manager Kerstin Andreae is quoted. In the area, however, the company still does not expect, “said EONS e-mobility boss. The willingness of the customers to pay more on a charging column than on the domestic wallbox, must still be increased.

The ecostromantic beam spot complains in the face of the activities of the energy suppliers missing competition. “Most of the time it is the regional electricity suppliers who secure the monopoly of the charging infrastructure,” Chefjurist Markus Adam is quoted. The electricity suppliers benefited from the synergy effects from cooperation with the network operators – usually subsidiaries or sister companies in the same group.

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11 thoughts on “The fight for the charging columns is open”

  1. “The willingness of the customers to pay more on a charging column than on the domestic wallbox, must be further enhanced” Nonsense The German household stream is already the most expensive worldwide the prices on the charging pillars must adapt to the budget price, but the state is required for this purpose to ensure that the charging current relieves according to taxes and duties (on the stock market the electricity costs just a lappy 5cent) is thus offered to the budgetary tariff and the companies can also earn something

  2. Little has changed at the power of the 4 major German utilities. The government and the lobby works with high pressure to further receive their monopoly. Their ecostrom is still predominantly out of old, long-term utilized hydropower plants. The expansion of new power plants within Germany, on the other hand, will max. from one of the 4 big ones a bit pushed. Everyone stay behind the expectations. You get too much money for switching off coal-fired power plants.

  3. If electricity now costs more and more, then the cars will be at least cheaper in the future? Have not found anything under the 12000 Euro brand and find that’s already a whole pole money

  4. All now build HPC Charger to delay a piece of future cake. Nevertheless, in the last few months, it could be slightly narrow to the chargers of the main routes if the kWh 30c would cost. Luckily she is much more expensive, so I can load in peace and without waiting. Very funny how to control the fellow citizens through a few cents more or less. Travel is basically expensive, if one has accepted once so, the world is quite simple.

  5. I want to say: what the landing is the wind turbine – namely a mandrel in the eye – becomes the cities of the charging column. If these are spraying out of the ground in the neighborhood like the mushrooms there are not all happy – even some advocates of the energy transition not.

  6. Today, many cheap electric cars are still delivered with very slow charging option.
    If an electric car loads on the AC power only with 7.2kW, the turnover per hour is significantly lower than in use with 11 or even 22 kW and you need more columns for the same number of vehicles.
    For DC charge, it is similar to vehicles with peak charging outputs that are clearly under the maximum power of the column prove the expensive column too long.
    The most economical is when the maximum charging power of column and vehicle is identical, as is the case with Tesla.

  7. Dear parking planners, please do not put the charging columns on parking lots of prominent position in the first row, but in the last. I feel that with increasing distribution of the plugin hybrids this is used as alibi for a parking lot in pole position, not because you would have to load, but because you can park there with plugged plug. I guess if the last row would be the much rarer of such birds, which block the parking lots for hours. Especially because you depend on these loading places as an e-car driver while it is a nice-to-have for the plugin drivers. Of course, in the same dimensions for E cars, which just do not have to charge.

    There is a lack of charging label: Only load if it is really necessary and more important: Loading column immediately clear as soon as the desired boost is reached. But in the ever-spreading egoism that is probably wishful thinking.


  8. Electromobility is more what cool, relaxed people. All stressed people should leave their hands away. You meet at the charging column, exchanges stories and invites the car to the side.
    With us in the neighboring cities you can only load 2h at the piece, which I hold for something little. 4h AC Loading are sufficient. Even our cars from 2019 can reload 70% (single-phase).
    And yes, I am also with my Phev on loading points and invite him almost full in 2h.

    Annoyingly, only the normal cars are parking the charging columns. With our BEV this is currently the biggest problem. Mostly single pillars are wildly distributed in the cities, so you have to go around until you find something free.

    Even petrol stations are becoming increasingly rare and you have to accept detours to achieve this. If you compare the range of petrol and EVS, the density of the charging columns should be much poet.
    I’m afraid that it will later be like the mobile phone coverage: LTE in cities and along the highway, with us in the countryside ….FunklOcher without end.

  9. I have no concerns that we collapse the loading infrastructure. There are public, private and commercial investments in the future. In addition, in the 12 million German garages still tremendous potential for private charging infrastructure is.
    Refueling, however, I can not privately. Petrol stations will need to reduce capacities or close completely, because no one is invested in the very soon obviously shrinking market. In the end, tap columns are missing for many other burners.

  10. @ Dagobert the charging column blocker:
    At least at Tesla, it will be more expensive for foreign “loaders” like you in the future &# 128578;
    According to Elon Musk, it will be more expensive for “slow loader” or even “blocker” for non-Tesla owners on the supercharger (hopefully sensitive).
    And you know yes – Tesla leads the way &# 128521;
    So the rest of the industry will remember – Time is cash (but maybe you have luck and ionity can not control the software yet)
    Time wants Tell.

  11. Car driving & electricity is not too expensive, but too cheap. Who charges valuable resources in its 300PS SUV SUV should also be according to sheets. Who this is too expensive that has enough cheaper (and more environmentally friendly) alternatives


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