Charging Report 2022

In our second report on public charging infrastructure in Germany we explore how EV charging has developed over recent years using data on 2,400+ charge point operators.

Executive summary

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.



Billing at charging points

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.

Share of charger types

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%)

Charging points per capita by Bundesland

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.

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