New labels on e-cars, charging stations and cables should make it easier to recharge from March 20. The EU-wide labels show a horizontal hexagon with a letter in the middle. If the symbols of plug and socket or of car and charging station match, you can refuel.
The license plate is black on the vehicle side and white on the infrastructure side. There are a total of ten different identification letters, five each for AC and five for faster DC charging. The most common ones are likely to be the “C” for the type 2 plug as well as “K” (up to 500 V) and “L” (up to 920 V) for the CCS fast charging plug.
More and more charging stations for e-cars
According to the BDEW, the number of public charging stations has been growing rapidly for years. There are now 39,538 charging points registered in the association’s charging station register. Every seventh of these is a fast charging point – i.e. a facility with a higher charging capacity. For comparison: five years ago the total number of public charging points was 7,400.
In the past three months, around 3800 have been added – an increase of ten percent. “There is really a lot going on in electromobility,” summed up BDEW General Manager Kerstin Andreae. In the meantime, more than 85 percent of the existing public charging points are operated by members of their association.
According to the BDEW, 500,000 vehicles with purely electric or hybrid drives are currently permitted. According to the information, the existing charging points could currently supply more than 550,000 e-vehicles.
The federal government wants to have created one million public charging points for ten million e-cars by 2030. The BDEW doubts that this “rigid key” is effective. The association argued that the automotive industry, charging station operators and municipalities had also expressed their criticism of inflexible targets. In addition to the number of charging points, the expansion of the infrastructure also included charging power, the charging behavior of users and technical innovations.
For example, the current public stations are far from being fully used, said Andreae, the head of the association. The average utilization of a charging station is therefore a charging process in five days, with fast charging points it is a charge every two days.
“It is more than questionable whether we will need a million charging points by 2030.” Especially since the performance of the stations has also increased. The number of vehicle models with a charging capacity of 100 kilowatts or more has been increasing since 2019. According to the association, electromobility is “on the threshold from a niche phenomenon to a dynamic market”.
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In order to do justice to this dynamic, he also calls for faster approval procedures for areas that are suitable for charging stations and less bureaucracy for funding applications. In addition, it is important to further expand the private charging stations. There is also an increase here. Since the end of November last year, 300,000 funding applications for private wall charging stations, so-called wall boxes, have been received.
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