Germany To Convert 12,000 Distribution Boxes Into Chargers

MAR 23 2018 BY MARK KANE 7

Some will be 22-kW units, while others will be 100 kW DC fast chargers.

Deutsche Telekom representatives revealed to German media that the company intends to build 12,000 charging stations.


The investment is expected to begin this summer, using distribution boxes that already have strong electric connections.

The plan is to double the current charging infrastructure in Germany by adding 11,500 three-phase 22 kW stations and some 500 100 kW DC fast chargers.

It would shoot Deutsche Telekom to the market leader as there are only 10,800 charging public charging stations available in Germany, although that depends on the execution, locations and pricing.

Deutsche Telekom could be tempted to join the party because plug-in car sales in Germany have lately become the highest in Europe.

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Source: Automobilwoche via Electrek

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More chargers are good, of course, but what we really could use instead of 11 000 fast chargers is a couple of hundred thousand level one chargers! Apartment dwellers aren’t going to want to charge their 3.5 kW-capable EVs at 22 kW chargers where they have to pay by the minute! Just put a normal plug at every other parking spot and charge by the kWh.
I’ve been charging our Smart at a local public charger and it’s not really all that fun having to go back out into the cold to repark it when it’s full. And even though it can max out the available 22 kW, it’s still at least as expensive as buying Diesel for our old car. It’d be hideously expensive if we were trying to slow charge a PHEV!

Level 1 is 120V which isn’t used in Europe (and a large part of the planet). Did you mean Type 1 (single phase only)? There are some cars in Europe that use Type 1 connectors, but I believe most are Type 2 (supports both single phase and 3-phase).

My bad; of course I meant low power single phase. The type one/type two distinction doesn’t really matter here because chargers generally don’t have cables attached (unfortunately). But yes, the Smart (and almost every other car here) has a type two plug. I guess the level 1/2/3 distinction also isn’t as meaningful in Europe, since as you say we don’t have 120V. Of course what I was calling for is essentially the Euro version of level one, namely slow charging by Schuko (normal household) plug.

Yes, 1000% agree with you

you must be charging an out of production Smart as all new ones have type 2 !

For T-Customers only?!
“10,800 charging public charging stations available in Germany”
– “charging” twice?
– Where do you got that number from? -> roughly 8,700 charging points with roughly 164,400 connectors (probably multiple “wall-boxes” at one place are one charging point an each can have multiple connectors). No word about non-/public says 32,369 charging points. Also no word about non-/public.


The more interesting thing is that this is a first step. They have a total of 380000 of those distribution boxes, all conveniently located at the side of the road and easily accessible. They only selected 12000 in most densly populated areas for now to get their own network going, for really cheap, as only thing needed is a plug. If this turns out to be profitable, they might convert more of the boxes.