EV Charging Infrastructure

Nahaufnahme des Stromversorgungskabels zum Aufladen eines Elektroautos | © Getty Images/AndreyPopov

Electric Vehicles Charging Infrastructure

Electric mobility will play a key role in the future energy system in Germany. A growing share of renewable energy will increasingly be used to electrify the future transport sector. Electric vehicles will therefore have a big impact on the electricity grid. Germany has set itself the goal of becoming the leading market and provider for electric mobility by 2020 as part of its longterm zero emission mobility vision. Although the electric mobility market is still small in absolute terms, domestic demand for electric vehicles is rising. The upcoming demand for charging infrastructure and related innovation is huge. Be a part of this dynamic market.

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Market Data and Trends

  • Plug-in and hybrid EV sales grew 117% in 2017 to 54,500 vehicles.
  • Charging station installations grew 200% in Germany in 2016, the strongest annual growth rate worldwide.
  • As of September 2017, Germany had about 10,700 public charging points for standard charging at 4,730 charging stations, including 530 fast charging stations.
  • The majority of public EV charging stations in Germany are in metropolitan areas.
  • The public transport sector in Germany offers further opportunities for electric charging infrastructure providers. 10 billion passenger journeys are made by public transport in Germany every year. Cities all over the country have started transitioning to low and zero emission fleets.
  • The National Platform for Electric Mobility forecasts huge demand for charging stations in Germany by 2020:

    • 1.02 million private AC charging points in domestic garages, parking spaces, and employee parking lots
    • 103,000 semi-private AC and 7,100 DC charging points, e.g. in customer parking lots, truck stops or gas stations
    • 70,000 public AC charging points in central locations and residential areas
  • In the future, public charging stations will likely be equipped with batteries and smart grid capabilities.
  • The 2011 Energy Industry Act brought in some essential changes, creating a legal basis for smart grids in terms of energy law, data protection, and data security.

Charging Infrastructure: Acute demand for public charging stations. | © IEA 2017, BDEW 2017 + Germany Trade and Invest

Increasing electric mobility uptake in Germany

  • Incentive programs for charging infrastructure are offered in several federal states, e.g. in North-Rhine Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, and Bavaria.
  • The German government offers sales subsidies for new electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
  • Passenger electric vehicles enjoy motor vehicle tax exemption for 10 years.
  • If employees recharge their electric vehicles at their place of work, this will no longer be deemed a taxable benefit in kind.


Roberto Multineddu, Managing Director, DAIKIN Applied Germany GmbH | © DAIKIN Applied Germany GmbH + GTAI Roberto Multineddu, Managing Director - DAIKIN Applied Germany GmbH

„We are an applied dedicated company, sales and service for large scale air-conditioning for commercial and industrial applications. In 2016, we decided to expand our business especially in Germany, because there is a big market for us. The reason why we chose Frankfurt is that it is a central location within Europe, an international environment, and a vibrant start-up scence. To reach this conclusion, we had big support from the GTAI team to study the market and German culture in a very short term, which we appreciate very, very much!“ (2018)


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