What are the biggest drag on the switch from diesel or gasoline to an electric car? The fear of range and the fear of not being able to charge the batteries.

The new charging network ranking * of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) confirms this: In Germany there are currently 41,751 publicly accessible charging points, with an average of 17 electric cars sharing one charging station. In November 2020 there were 13, a clear deterioration.

CHARGING NET GROWING TOO SLOWLY

Hildegard Müller, President of the Association of the Automotive Industry, on BILD am SONNTAG: “The expansion of the charging infrastructure on public roads is picking up speed. But while almost 60,000 new electric cars are registered in Germany every month, the number of publicly accessible charging points is only growing by just under 1,000 per month. That is not enough. We need around 2,000 new charging points per month. “

The ranking sets the number of e-cars in 400 cities and districts in relation to the existing charging infrastructure. It looks best in Saxony (see table): 9.9 e-cars share a charging station. In Hesse, 19.9 e-cars “jam” per charging station. Salzgitter is the pioneer in the cities: 349 e-cars share 110 charging stations (3.2 per column). Weimar brings up the rear with only 25 charging stations for 1842 e-cars (73.68 per station).

FEDERAL STATE E-CAR INVENTORY CHARGING POINTS E-CARS PER CHARGING POINT
SAXONY 15 141 1532 9.9
SAXONY-ANHALT 6831 677 10.1
THURINGIA 9621 861 11.2
BREMEN 3520 313 11.2
HAMBURG 14 367 1212 11.9
MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN 4989 395 12.6
SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN 19 853 1526 13.0
BRANDENBURG 11 161 815 13.7
BERLIN 18 197 1323 13.8
BAVARIA 111 619 7978 14.0
LOWER SAXONY 62 353 4261 14.6
RHINELAND-PALATINATE 25 470 1648 15.5
BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG 106 120 6272 16.9
SAARLAND 5470 312 17.5
NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA 124 389 6811 18.3
HESSE 49 067 2535 19.4

Private charging stations have not yet been recorded centrally. Therefore, VDA boss Müller demands: “In addition to the publicly accessible charging points, we urgently need a central register for private charging points, for charging points at the workplace and in retail. This is the only way we can get a complete picture of the charging infrastructure in Germany and the expansion can be driven forward in a targeted manner. “

* The VDA charging network ranking is based on data from the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) on the number of charging points in German districts and cities as of April 1st, 2021 and the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) on the number of cars and e-cars (BEV and PHEV) as of January 01, 2021.

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