The vitality and satisfaction of early EV adopters keeps on increasing. A vast market of electric car enthusiasts is prompting companies to offer more electric cars and more charging stations. Cleaner air, quieter roads, quieter neighborhoods, and precision autonomous features are where it’s at. With all the new varieties, growing ranges, and broadening styles of EVs, consumers see more charging spots at community places as important to their new lives.
Germany is well along the way to this exponentially bursting future. “The number of electric car charging points for public use in Germany rose by 27% last year, including hundreds more fast-charging units, amid efforts to boost the technology across Europe,” U.S. News reports.
Continuing, “The number of electric cars in Germany rose 29% to 77,153 in 2016, up from just 4,000 in 2011, BDEW said.”
U.S. News reports that Germany now has 7,407 charging points, according to the electricity industry group BDEW. “Of those added last year, 292 units were fast charging (direct current) points that can reload an electric car in minutes instead of hours.
“With public and government support growing for electric car technologies, utilities such as Innogy and E.ON are building up charging networks to tap into the market.
“BDEW’s managing director Stefan Kapferer said government funding was still important to make it viable to operate charging points, given the low numbers of electric cars. Kapferer also said the technology needed to be developed further, citing inductive charging as one way that could help to gain new customers. The long time it takes to charge batteries is one of the main disadvantages of electric cars compared to conventional cars with gasoline tanks that can be filled up in seconds.”
CleanaTechnica earlier reported that BMW, Volkswagen, Ford, and Daimler joined together to advance superfast charging in Europe, which is a huge step above the fast charging mentioned above. “These major auto companies are looking to finally catch up to Tesla on one of the most critical components of a healthy and vibrant electric vehicle ecosystem. The planned buildout — based on the Combined Charging System (CCS) standard — will reportedly involve around 400 station locations. Work on the development of the network will begin sometime in 2017, according to the press release — with the goal being for there to be thousands of high-power charging points on the continent by 2020.”
The German electric vehicle market is one CleanTechnica is particularly interested in and connected to. We launched our first Cleantech Revolution Tour conference in 2016 in Berlin, and our second was held shortly after that in Leipzig, which is where the BMW i3 is produced. We just launched the coming round of Cleantech Revolution Tour conferences, with the next event planned for Berlin (Germany) + Wroclaw (Poland) June 27–29, 2017. Join us there!
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