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Germany Prepares for EVs with 1,000 New Autobahn Charging Stations

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【Summary】Germany is preparing for the future of electric cars on the legendary Autobahn. The German electric utility company EnBW announced that they will deploy 1,000 new EV charging stations along the German Autobahn. The new chargers alone would more than double the size of the network.

Original Eric Walz    Jul 12, 2017 11:56 AM PT
Germany Prepares for EVs with 1,000 New Autobahn Charging Stations

Germany is preparing for the future of electric cars on the legendary Autobahn. The German electric utility company EnBW announced that they will deploy 1,000 new EV charging stations along the German Autobahn.

EnBW already has a small network of charging station in Germany, but those new chargers alone would more than double the size of the network.

Goal of 1 Million EVs

Germany has the ambitious goal to have 1 million electric vehicles on its road by 2020 and while it is seen as unlikely with just over 50,000 vehicles registered to date, EnBW says that it doesn't want to be an obstacle to achieving that goal.

CEO Frank Mastiaux said told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung this week, "We as an infrastructure partner do not want to be the bottleneck".

It's why they announced their plans to install 1,000 charging stations on the Autobahn and at other locations across several states by 2020, which should increase the total public EV charging infrastructure in Germany by about 25%. 

EnBW did not confirm the type of charging stations it plans to install, level 2 or DC fast-charging. The latter would make more sense along highways and the company already has several 50 kW CHAdeMO/CCS combo connectors.

While the expansion of charging infrastructure helps, it's likely not enough to help reach the government's goal.

Incentives for Buying EVs

Last year, they launched an incentive program to give a direct discount of 4,000 euros for all-electric cars and 3,000 for plug-in hybrids. The goal is to boost the number of cars with 300,000 discounts by 2019 and until EVs are more prominent on the market.

Six months into the program and fewer than 10,000 discounts were claimed, but German automakers are about to launch several new electric vehicles in the next two years, which is likely to change the EV landscape in the country.

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