Number Of Charging Points Increase By 27% In Germany In 2016

8 months ago by Mark Kane 2

BMW 530e charging

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.

Aldi Quick Charger

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

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2 responses to "Number Of Charging Points Increase By 27% In Germany In 2016"

  1. Brian says:

    Glad to hear it, although I’m not likely to drive to Germany 🙂

    Not sure exactly what “Charging point” means… station? charge cord?
    It would be interesting to hear the growth of POPs not just number of chargers.

    The majority of chargers in my area are at hotels or employee parking at private or government offices. That doesn’t really make them very accessible, hence public POP growth is key.

  2. David Lane says:

    Good point Brian.

    But this is great news! Germany is eliminating a major barrier to BEV adoption. I”m all for PHEVs (especially where people routinely drive long distances, such as Texas) but the real genius of the EV is to get rid of the ICE altogether! Pure battery electric is such an elegant and simple solution for any drivetrain.