Charging Station Regulation (LSV I): What To Be Aware of when Installing a Public Charging Station in Germany
Barrier-free charging for all. The government pursues ambitious targets when it comes to promoting electric mobility in Germany. Besides new tax incentives, legislators are now looking at the safety and interoperability of the public charging infrastructure.
The LSV I (Ladesäulenverordnung), which has been adopted since March 2016, aims to ensure quality standards for public charging stations. The regulation focuses on the technical minimum requirements and plug standards for public charging stations in particular. For example, AC charging points up to 22kw must be fitted with at least a type 2 socket so that all electric cars – with the appropriate charging cable in their boot – can be charged there. Another new feature: Public charging stations must be registered at the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency) with immediate effect.
There are additional notification requirements for operators of fast charging stations that charge at a rate of more than 22kw. Our checklist will help you find out whether the LSV I affects you.
However, this does not apply to already existing charging points. Installations before 17 June 2016 are exempt from the regulation – retrofitting connectors is not necessary.
The LSV II is expected to be defined in November 2016. The successor version aims to also standardise the authentication and payment processes of public charging points. The days of wallets overflowing with charging cards for different providers should then finally come to an end. We are still not sure as to what the future will hold for “refuelling” at German charging stations. We will keep you updated on new regulations and requirements in our blog.