E-mobility in Germany slowly leaves niche role behind – report
Clean Energy Wire
E-mobility in Germany, including the charging infrastructure, is growing faster every year and “is gradually leaving its niche role behind”, writes consultancy Prognos in its “Charging Report 2020” (in German), commissioned by energy company EnBW. “However, it is still far from filling its intended role,” writes Prognos. Today, most of the charging is taking place at home, but the public infrastructure – currently counting more than 20,000 charging points – will grow in importance. Today, most of these are made available through utilities.
Reducing emissions in the transport sector is seen as one of the biggest challenges in Germany's energy transition, and the government is focussing on e-mobility for private cars. The number of public charging points in Germany rose 50 percent to around 24,000 in 2019, according to utility association BDEW. But the government plans to bring the number of public charging points to one million by 2030 and the number of electric vehicles to 7 to 10 million by the same year. To reach this target, it has extended the buyer's premium for electric, plug-in hybrid or hydrogen/fuel cell cars.