While Mr. Burns still regularly drives to the gas station, potentially having to contend with detours and waiting times, and fills his car with gasoline, Ms. Sparks is smart enough to want to invest in her own charging station. This gives her full flexibility when driving, safety when charging, and the convenience of being able to “fill up” her car in the comfort of her very own garage.
Depending on the model and range of functions, a wallbox costs at least €600. There may also be installation costs and adjustments needed to her house’s electrical system. But many people buying electric cars might not have to bear the costs of charging at home entirely on their own: North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein, for instance, are reimbursing 50% of the cost of a wallbox, and a number of cities like Hanover, Jena, Mainz, Munich and Nuremberg have similar subsidies in their programs. A government subsidy for the development of private charging infrastructure could be introduced soon too. €500 million will be made available for private charging facilities as part of the coronavirus stimulus package. Roughly speaking, this support package could subsidize half a million private wallboxes to the tune of €1,000 each.
What’s more, many companies are now also building their own charging infrastructure on their company parking lots, which is naturally very convenient for employees with electric cars. And the public charging network along the likes of highways for people heading on vacation is already suitable for long journeys and is constantly growing.