EV Fast-Charging Corridor Opens In Germany

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

The Berlin to Munich electric vehicle fast-charging corridor has now been completed, according to recent reports.

Germany EV fast charging corridorThe new, German EV fast-charging corridor is composed of 8 different DC fast-charging stations spread out along the A9 highway. The corridor was created — by BMW, Siemens, and E.ON — with the intention to function as part of the “Electromobility Connects” Bavaria-Saxony showcase (sponsored by the Deutschland government).

The various EV fast-charging stations have reportedly been spaced apart from one another at distances of no more than 90 kilometers (56 miles) — thereby making the corridor of use to most of the electric vehicles on the market currently. The full corridor stretches across a distance of over 430 kilometers (267 miles).

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With the project’s completion, Allego GmbH assumes commercial operation of the stations. Initial availability to some of the stations for the public began in May 2014, linking Munich to Leipzig. With the installation of the final station in Dessau, the corridor was completed. In compliance with the EU Directive on the Deployment of Infrastructure for Alternative Fuels and the standardization roadmap of the National Platform for Electromobility, each column can be accessed via CCS (50 kW DC) and IEC type 2 (22 kW AC).

Access to the charging columns is provided through an “SMS payment system”, ie the charging columns can be operated with any mobile phone that is activated for German payment services. DC charging costs €3 per 10 minutes charging time, AC charging costs €2 per 30 minutes charging time. All the fast-charging stations also have been connected to a trans-regional charging roaming system.

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25 thoughts on “EV Fast-Charging Corridor Opens In Germany

  • I am not impressed at all. I bet they have only one charger station as well. And it’s only 50kw at best. This is not even remotely tesla class.

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  • Disgraceful: this effectively means that drivers from other countries are excluded. Contactless Credit card payment is the way ahead, paid by charge received, not per minute.

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    • Using credit cards for small payments is rarely if ever done here in Europe, and Germans are (rightly, imo) even more sceptical of buying on credit than most Europeans.

      Debet cards would find more takers, but the most commonly used one in Germany (Girocard) is unique to Germany. Maestro is near-universal in Europe though, so if they can include both Girocard and Maestro things would work out fine.

      Contactless debet card payments are still very much marginal in Europe (much more so than mobile phone payments), so ideally they’d use conventional chip readers instead of contactless – which is even’t activated yet on many cards.

      I totally agree with the payment per unit of energy rather than unit of time, but the paying by SMS isn’t something I’m too bothered by. I’ve been paying bus and tram fares by SMS since my student days.

  • So basically this is about the installation of no more than 8 fast-charger locations somewhere in Germany. I don’t quite understand the newsworthyness of this project.

    • It’s to highlight how far behind Tesla everyone else is, especially in Germany. Which is sad, but true.

    • The newsworthyness is that is now possible to drive with any EV on the market between Germany’s two most important cities.

    • Well, I’m glad to see something happening somewhere in Germany. Here in the north, I feel as if I am living in an e-car desert (saw 2 this year). The German auto companies seem to be complaining now about insufficient government support for electrification, but so far it seems half-hearted, compared to their previous extremely pushy campaigns for looser fleet CO2 limits, diesel, etc.. With BMW ahead of the game, I would like to see the Bavarians take the ball and run on this.

      • Bavaria is resisting new interconnection capacity from north to south. Without it, and with the nuclear exit looming, it might find it difficult to go all in on electrification while still maintaining adequate reserve margins during peak hours.

        Logic would dictate that northern Germany should take the lead in e-mobility. It currently has the largest power surplus and the most extreme swings in supply (due to the very high share of intermittent wind power). Electric cars would help monetise that surplus power while smoothing demand.

        • Or perhaps, “Without it, and with the nuclear exit looming, it might find it difficult to go all in on (clean and emission free) electrification while still maintaining adequate reserve margins during peak hours.”

      • Come visit me in Düsseldorf. In the Kaiserswerth neighborhood alone I know of 4 Tesla’s.(ok I know a guy that owns 2 so that is kind of cheating). Also I see almost daily a BMW i3 or i8. One of our local grocery store has a free charging for cars and e-bikes.

      • Yes, I have a feeling they are pushing harder to limit regulations than for EV charging support.

    • M.E. the world is pulling away from the mid 20th century U.S.piston engine obsession and is being carried along into the 21st century and fully electric cars.

  • This charging route is slow and overly expensive. 3euro per 10 minutes is $3.22 per 10 minutes. 10 mins at 50kwh gives you 8.3kwh of charge. A 24kwh Leaf would take three 10-minute charges to full, so $9.66 to to 84 miles. My old Prius could go 84 miles on $6 at today’s gas prices. Of course gas is much more expensive in Germany so this route probably beats gas prices there, but not by as much as it should.

    They should have also used 90kw stations which is the max supported by CHAdeMO.

    • Take into account the sigmoid-shaped charging curve of a battery. The first ten to twenty minutes of charging would likely get you back to 80%-ish charge, while getting the last 10-20% charge would take much longer. As such, a time-based payment system might have a positive side effect: it would discourage loitering at the charger for longer than needed.

      Also, comparing US gas prices to European ones makes no sense. Both gas and electricity are twice as expensive here as in the US, so your old Prius would be more expensive to run whereas the rates charged by this system would be closer to retail cost than they seem in American eyes.

    • The last 10% charging is slow because its reserved for balancing the cells. This takes time. So yes, if you have to charge to 100% at each stop, its slower. But if you only have to charge to 95%..
      Really, its about having the charging stations at reasonable distances between them. Tesla is putting them at distances much shorter than the battery range of about 200 miles. More like about 100 miles. Too far for a Leaf. Easy for a Tesla.

    • A lot of German charging stations offer free charging.

      So there is nothing in for the banks, the credit card companies, the data sellers …probably the reason why free charging abroad isn’t reported in the US-press?


  • No ChadeMo… it’s mind-boggling how the german car lobby is hindering the development of electric mobility, and pretending the opposite.

    • Shame no Chademo yes. From a German point of view they really only do seem to buy and drive German made cars. Which are all CCS. But it is going to hinder peoplem crossing the border. Which in Europe you do without even noticing it. Cars in countries with a big roll out in Chademo in countries like Estonia….are going to be discouraged from crossing the border.

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