Charging electric cars These problems are hindering the expansion of charging stations

Charging electric cars These problems are hindering the expansion of charging stations

Charging electric cars These problems are hindering the expansion of charging stations

It is raining, it is blowing, and the wet cold is deep in the bones when Andreas Muhrmann rolls into the parking lot in the Sauerland in an ID.3. It is his first test drive in an electric car, he says. So far it’s not going bad: acceleration, road holding, the space in the car, all of which he likes very well. “And now let’s see how things work with the store,” says Muhrmann and walks to the charging station, the blue cable in hand. He puts it in the pillar and it works – nothing. It does not respond to the charge card that the dealer gave him. The attempt to activate it with clammy fingers via smartphone on the operator’s website also fails. The connection keeps breaking off while paying. After four attempts, Muhrmann resigned: “I’d better buy another diesel until this works.”