Currently, around 20,650 public and semi-public charging points of energy companies, car park and parking lot operators, supermarkets and hotels are recorded in Germany (as of August 2019). The share of fast charging stations is around 12 percent. This is a significant increase compared to the previous year. However, as the number of electric vehicles is also growing at a high rate, further rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure is absolutely essential.
Fast charging is of particular importance here. It increases the suitability of electric vehicles for everyday use, because batteries can be recharged over longer distances in a short time and charging stops are thus shortened. In Germany, for example, numerous fast-charging columns with a charging capacity of 50 kW are already available along motorways today. A compact electric car with a range of about 300 kilometers charges an almost empty battery by at least 80 percent in about 60 minutes. In the future, fast charging stations should charge at even higher speeds. Several 350 kW charging stations are already in operation. Here, it would only take a few minutes to fully charge a comparable vehicle.