European Union Approves Germany’s $319 Million Charging Infrastructure Plan

4 weeks ago by Mark Kane 16

BMW i3 at fast charger in Germany

The European Commission has approved a German plan to build a deeper charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

The nationwide project has been priced at €300 million (nearly $320 million) over four years, so it could easily overshadow existing networks already in place.

Of the total, an impressive €200 million will be spent specifically on the fast charging aspect of the network’s infrastructure.

Prototype of an 800-volt DC charging station (co-operation between Porsche
Design and the Charging Systems department at Porsche AG)

While we don’t know all details yet, we could assume that 150 kW chargers are likely on the table, as those are the one especially needed by German manufacturers for their upcoming long-range BEVs.

The project is to start very quickly (in March) with applications (open tenders) having a requirement of using renewable electricity for the charging stations. Qualifying bids then receive a 40% subsidy against their costs.

source: Reuters

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18 responses to "European Union Approves Germany’s $319 Million Charging Infrastructure Plan"

  1. David Murray says:

    Yes! We need something like this in the USA.

    1. GeorgeS says:

      Yes David. That’s what i was thinking. Those germans may indeed have a good idea there.

      I specially like the part about 150-300 kw charging at 800 v.

      I’ll bet Tesla will go to 800 v also.

      If you want a nice network in the usa buying a Cpo Tesla is the way to go. The network is grandfathered in so no fuel expenses.

    2. SJC says:

      EV makers, charger companies, governments and industry should work together to deploy fast chargers.

  2. Ashley says:

    Tesla joined CharIN e.v. in February 2016, so there is no doubt that they will support 800V 150-350kW chargers.

  3. Madan Chawla says:

    India needs it too and if it can be solar powered to make grid as a back it will save money, energy, environment and create sustainable employment.

    1. Windbourne says:

      Solar powered? Zero chance esp for current SC, let alone these new ultrachargers.

      India needs to focus on building up a decent electrical and communication grid. Esp with EVs coming, it would allow for heavy nighttime charging, while using electricty for homes/ businesses in daytime.

  4. super390 says:

    “The project is to start very quickly (in March) with applications (open tenders) having a requirement of using renewable electricity for the charging stations.”

    This is certainly addressing the old smear that recharging EVs causes more pollution.

    1. buu says:

      but unless it’s sunny weekend in Germany it probably does create more pollution

      1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

        Indeed. Germany’s nuclear shutdown has meant coal capacity additions, so it makes sense to add a renewable electricity clause. Doubly so because (as I understand it) commercial and residential electricity have some different rules. Wouldn’t want cheap dirty commercial electricity making it cheaper to charge at a charger than charge at home.

        1. Bart says:

          Superchargers will always be more costly than charging at home. Your plug is free. Manufacture, installation, maintenance, permitting & land requirements for supercharger stations have additional costs.

          They might price it lower (i.e. Free as with Tesla), but cost of the service will always be slightly more.

      2. ben says:

        No. If you read some well-to-wheel-analyses, you will know PHEVs and EVs are less damaging to the environment than ICE cars even when electricity would be generated by coal alone. Germanys electricity is generated by 30% renewables, coal, nuclear, gas.

        1. Bart says:

          Exactly. ICE are extremely inefficient compared with utility-scale power plants, even when accounting for losses through transmission.

          Hard to believe that this simple fact hasn’t yet been fully understood.

          Same as the “carbon debt” fallacy used to slander Solar & Wind.

          1. Michael Will says:

            It may be understood, but it does not fit the narrative of the fake news spewing oil companies that try to ‘change the narrative’ by spreading fud about coal cars, pictures of copper mines labeled ‘lithium mines’ etc.

  5. One says:

    Dreaming about the day this gets exported to the rest of the EU

  6. Premium salmon says:

    The Porsche design charger looks cool, but how about the price tag? 250-300 k USD for 351 kW? Rule of thumb, like 600-800 bucks per kW?
    Txs,

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      Well, some estimates put a Supercharger site around $300k and a Supercharger site has cables that can only handle 120kW.

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