Increasing need to catch up with the public charging infrastructure

Following an advance announcement, the German Automobile Industry Association (VDA) has now published the latest version of its “charging network ranking”. According to this, Germany “continues and increasingly” has a lot to catch up on when it comes to expanding the publicly available charging infrastructure for electric cars.

According to the association, the gap between the charging infrastructure and the number of e-cars continues to grow. According to the Federal Network Agency, there were 60,364 publicly available charging points in Germany per year. May 1, 2022. This would mean that, on average, about 22 e-cars would reach a publicly accessible charging point. In the latest VDA charging network ranking per. On October 1, 2021, there were 21 e-cars and on May 1, 2021, 17 e-cars. The participation between supply and demand thus grows.

While an average of about 57,000 e-cars a month have been newly registered in Germany over the past 12 months, the number of publicly available charging points has only increased by about 330 a week, the association says. To reach the federal government’s target of one million charging points by 2030, about 2,000 new charging points per week would be needed. The expansion rate therefore had to be sixfold. If the current rate of expansion does not increase, there will be just around 210,000 charging points in Germany by 2030, ie only a fifth of the intended million.

As of May 1, 2022, more than half of all 10,796 municipalities in Germany did not have a single public charging point, the VDA emphasizes. The association’s chairman Hildegard Müller: “The Federal Government’s target of 15 million electric cars by 2030 has further increased the need for an ambitious expansion of the charging infrastructure. Nevertheless, the expansion is progressing far too slowly. The expansion of the electricity networks required for electromobility must also be coordinated We need a lot more speed if we want to achieve the goals. “

“Instead of lagging behind, expansion should drive demand by two years. “This is the only way to create the much-needed consumer confidence in a reliable and adequate charging infrastructure,” Müller continued. , if necessary.”

To speed up the expansion, faster planning and approval processes are needed. “We need to speed up planning when we expand the charging infrastructure for e-vehicles, and the automotive industry has put forward concrete proposals for this,” the VDA president said. In addition, the municipalities had to assume their responsibility for the expansion of the charging infrastructure more than before. Müller: “The municipalities know best the specific local needs. The mayors and district administrators must define goals for the development and push forward with the implementation. ”

The results of the VDA charging network ranking

The VDA’s charging network ranking (PDF) 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 e-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 great, but there are also structural differences. In leading Saxony, 13.8 e-cars come to one charging point, in 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. The Groß-Gerau district follows in second place. Ingolstadt is in third place.

Of S value shows how many e-cars statistically have to share a fast charging point. The national average here is 146.1. In Germany, an average of 146.1 e-cars arrive at 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 states that have a better ratio of fast charging points to e-cars than the national average. By 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. 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 VDA charging network placement on 1 October 2021 in the T-value leading in the Groß-Gerau district, which added 736 charging points, in the city of Berlin, where 455 new charging points were added, and in Hanover region. 279 new charging points were added.

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