Once upon a time…there was a country with too few charging stations!
According to the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), there are around 40,000 public and semi-public charging points throughout Germany at the beginning of 2021, which are listed in the association's charging point register. About one-seventh of the electric power stations are quick charging stations. Theoretically, this means that with approximately 310,000 electric cars currently registered in Germany, 17 cars can be charged at each charging point. That sounds like a lot at first, but since most of the charging processes take place at the workplace or in one's own wallbox at home anyway, the real rush to public charging points is far less.
Only just under a fifth of electric vehicles are parked on public roads without their own charging point. The theoretical rate of electric vehicles per public charging point is therefore even much higher, given that more than 80 percent of all charging processes take place at home or at work. Especially since the extensive KfW funding 440, the demand for charging stations is booming and more than 470,000 private charging points in residential buildings have been realised since November 2020.
Charging at work
Especially charging at the workplace is currently picking up speed. More and more companies are relying on charging infrastructure for their employees. For example, German car manufacturers are setting up a total of 15,000 charging points at their locations and sales outlets. Some are also installing charging facilities for the general public in their publicly accessible parking lots. The company image also benefits from this when corporations visibly present themselves as sustainable and innovative - a marketing tool that should not be underestimated. Thanks to extensive funding opportunities and tax breaks, electromobility also has a positive impact on the balance sheet.