Germany noted strong growth of charging stations last year, on the an eve of even faster expansion ahead.

The latest data from Germany’s BDEW (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft...a name that just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?) shows a total of 7,407 public charging points installed at the end of 2016.

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That's 27% more than year earlier, while the total plug-in car registrations increased by only 7% - basically the infrastructure is now rapidly outgrowing EV adoption.

The public charging stations are installed in 1,142 different cities and towns.

"North Rhine-Westphalia is the state with the overall most charging points (1,603), followed by Baden-Württemberg (1,494) and Bavaria (1,080). Among German cities, Berlin is the leader with 536; Stuttgart (375) and Hamburg (292) follow."

To put that number in prospective, the number of charging points now already exceeds half of traditional petrol filling stations (14,531).

source: Reuters and Green Car Congress