Charging Network Ranking: The gap between charging infrastructure and demand is growing

Germany still has a lot to catch up on when it comes to expanding the publicly available charging infrastructure for electric cars: the gap between the charging infrastructure and the number of electric cars continues to grow. It shows the update of the VDA e-charging network ranking that has now been published. There are 60,364 publicly available charging points in Germany (source: Bundesnetzagentur, as of May 1, 2022). This means that, on average, around 22 e-cars arrive at a publicly accessible charging point in Germany. In the last VDA charging network ranking, there were per. 1 October 2021 21 e-cars and 1 May 2021 there were 17 e-cars – the delta between supply and demand has therefore continued to grow.

While on average around 57,000 electric cars have been newly registered per month in Germany within the last 12 months, the number of publicly available charging points has only grown by around 330 per week. In order to reach the target of 1 million charging points by 2030, as the federal government To achieve this, as explicitly stated in their coalition agreement, around 2000 new charging points per week would be needed. The expansion rate therefore had to be sixfold. If the current rate of expansion is not increased, there will be just around 210,000 charging points in Germany by 2030 – ie only a fifth of the intended 1 million. As of May 1, 2022, more than half of all 10,796 municipalities in Germany do not have a single public charging point.

“The federal government’s target of 15 million electric vehicles by 2030 has further increased the need for an ambitious expansion of charging infrastructure. Nevertheless, the expansion is progressing far too slowly. The expansion of the electricity grids required for electromobility also needs to be better coordinated. We need a lot more speed if we want to achieve the goals. ” Hildegard Müller, chairman of the association of the car industry

Instead of lagging behind, the expansion should precede demand by two years. This is the only way to create the much needed consumer confidence in a reliable and adequate charging infrastructure“, says Hildegard Müller, president of the Association of the Automotive Industry.”And we need consistent monitoring of the 1 million charging point target by the federal government, because only then can we make adjustments in good time if necessary.

To increase the rate of expansion, faster planning and approval processes are needed, according to the VDA president. “When it comes to expanding the charging infrastructure for e-cars, planning must be accelerated, and the car industry has made concrete proposals for this.. “

In addition, the municipalities had to assume their responsibility for the expansion of the charging infrastructure more than before. Mueller: “The municipalities know best the specific local needs. Mayors and district administrators must define development goals and promote implementation. “

The results of the VDA-E charging network ranking

The VDA e-charging network ranking is a statistical evaluation based on official data from the Federal Motor Transport Authority and the Federal Network Agency. What is reported here is part of the evaluation, which is divided into three areas:

Of T value indicates how many e-cars should share a publicly available charging point. There is a new front runner here with the district Groß-Gerau (Hesse). There are only 4.8 electric cars per charging point. Salzgitter, former leader, is in 6th place. Emden (formerly 26th) is in second place, followed by the city of Heilbronn (formerly 11th). A look at the federal states results in the following order of the T-value: Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Hamburg. Schleswig-Holstein is in sixth place, followed by Berlin and Lower Saxony. Bayern lead the second half in a 9th place. Behind: Brandenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland. The differences between the federal states are large, but of course there are also structural differences in the federal states: In leading Saxony, 13.8 e-cars arrive at a charging station, in the Saarland 28.1 e-cars.

Of A value represents the basic attractiveness of the charging network in the district or in the city. For this purpose, the number of publicly available charging points is set in relation to all cars registered in the district or in the city. In the A-value, the city of Wolfsburg was again able to defend its first place. In second place follows the Groß-Gerau district. Ingolstadt is in third place.

Of S value shows how many electric cars should statistically share a fast charging point. Fast charging points are especially important for longer distances, or when the charging break should be as short as possible, for example when traveling or shopping. A statistical evaluation at the federal level makes sense for the fast-charging infrastructure. The national average for the S-value is 146.1. Or to put it another way: in Germany, an average of 146.1 e-cars reach a fast charging point.

Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania occupy the first four places exclusively in eastern Germany. Brandenburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Bremen are five other federal states that have a better ratio of fast charging points to e-cars than the national average. In contrast, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hamburg, Berlin, Saarland, North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse have more e-cars at a fast charging point than the national average. It turns out that the differences between the states are also large when it comes to fast charging infrastructure. In Thuringia, 57.5 e-cars reach a fast charging point, in Hesse there are 209.1.

The expansion of charging points has been particularly dynamic since the last ranking of the VDA-E charging network (as of October 1, 2021) in the T-value leader in the Groß-Gerau district, which added 736 charging points, in the city of Berlin, where 455 new charging points was added, and in the district Region Hanover. 279 new charging points were added.

Source: VDA – press release from 13.06.2022

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