Confusion at the charging station

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Charging the e-cars leads to some problems.

Dhe rewards for switching from combustion engines to electromobility are getting the German market moving. Almost 100,000 battery-powered cars have hit the streets since the beginning of the year, more than twice as many as in the same period last year. And the curve points steeply upwards. In September alone, the authorities registered more than 21,000 new electric vehicles, an increase of no less than 260 percent. Many new e-car owners not only experience a new driving experience, but also a special kind of experience: the charging station. “Refueling remains an adventure,” says Ralph Kampwirth from Lichtblick. The Hamburg green electricity provider is presenting its “charging column check” for the fourth time this week, with which it examines the charging network once a year. The result of the study carried out together with the data service provider Statista can be summarized in three words: expensive, complicated, incomplete.

Compared to previous years, there was hardly any progress, criticized Kampwirth. “Consumer friendliness is still a nuisance. The conditions at the charging stations are one of the biggest obstacles to a green traffic turnaround. ”From Kampwirth’s point of view, that starts with the supply. There are currently around 30,000 public charging points available, according to statistics from the Federal Network Agency. The expansion remains far behind the growth rates in the number of registrations. In any case, Germany is miles away from the 100,000 charging points that the federal government had set itself the goal of this year. Because Germany is a tenant country, every second person has no way of charging an electric car at home. A well-developed public charging infrastructure is immensely important for electromobility, especially in metropolitan areas with their particularly high proportion of tenants.