The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)
says that the number of public EV charging stations rose more than 50% from
summer 2018 to summer 2019.
Germany currently has 20,650 charging stations, up from
13,500 the previous year. Of those, 12% are rapid charging stations.
The country now has more EVs on the road than any other European country, although the percentage of Germans driving EVs still lags behind nations like Norway.
Germany’s 16 federal states offer tax incentives to encourage the construction of public and private charging stations. The BDEW says the number of public charging stations would be sufficient to power up to 13 million EVs, equal to 30% of all German vehicles currently in use, but the association is calling for further government action to encourage installation of charging stations in homes and workplaces.
“The growth in public charging stations is a positive signal for the expansion of e-mobility in Germany,” says Marlen Brüntrup of Germany Trade & Invest, the public agency tasked with promoting investment in the country. “But further growth in the charging infrastructure will still be needed and that offers attractive opportunities for foreign companies’ products, from charging stations and batteries to smart grid technologies and digital solutions.”