Is infrastructure holding up with the rise in EV sales?
Infrastructure is not keeping up. EVs more than doubled (+114%) over 2021 in Germany. The number of charging points only grew by 31%.
Ultra fast chargers are on the rise. 42% of all ultra fast chargers (>100kW) in Germany were installed 2021 alone.
RFID is the only common payment form – supported by 40% of charging points.
The market is not as fragmented as it seems. There are 2,404 operators - yet the biggest 10 control 38% of the market.
Most operators charge for duration and volume
What drivers pay for varies. Almost three quarter of charging points charge drivers for a combination of charging duration and volume (73.7%). The second most common form of billing is based purely on volume (18.2%), followed by duration only (4%). 2.6% of charging points charge a flat fee per charging session and 1.6% give electricity away for free.
Billing at charging points
Normal chargers are the norm
Looking at the share of charging points: Normal chargers make up the majority with 84%. The rest is made up of fast chargers (11%) and ultra fast chargers (5%)
Share of charger types
Coverage differs by region
Across Germany there are 50 charging points per 100,000 inhabitants but the coverage varies heavily between regions. At the top Baden-Wurttemberg counts 72 charging points per 100,000 inhabitants. At the bottom Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania only counts 23 – less than a third of the leader’s ratio.