The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) said that the number of public EV charging stations rose more than 50% from summer 2018 to summer 2019. Germany currently has 20,650 stations, up from 13,500 the previous year. Almost 12% of the new stations were rapid charging stations.
There are now more EVs on the road in Germany than in any European country, although the percentage of Germans driving electric cars still lags behind nations like Norway. The BDEW says the number of public charging stations would be sufficient to power up 13 million EVs – or 30% of all German cars of all types currently in use. But the association is calling for further government action to encourage charging stations in homes and workplaces.
“The growth in public charging stations is a positive signal for the expansion of e-mobility in Germany,” said digital energy technologies expert Marlen Brüntrup of Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI). “But further growth in the charging infrastructure will still be needed. And that offers attractive opportunities for foreign companies’ products: from charging stations and batteries to smart grid technologies and digital solutions.”
Germany’s 16 federal states offer tax incentives to encourage the construction of public and private charging stations.