If you drive an electric car, you have to be patient. Because even at the fastest charging station, it takes longer to fill up the battery than with a combustion engine at the pump. With more and more electric cars on Germany’s roads, the problem is becoming increasingly clear.
E-car drivers need patience: fast-charging stations are often overloaded
It is becoming increasingly tight at German charging stations – and the situation is only going to get worse. This evaluation is accompanied by an analysis of the current charging situation by Charging Radar. Because the number of newly registered electric cars is growing faster than new charging points are being built, which above all at very popular charging stations to the problem can be.
According to the evaluation by Charging Radar, the workload at the most popular charging stations in Germany over 80 percent. In order to get a free charging port, e-car drivers have to be quite lucky. In downtown Munich, for example, the occupancy rate is up to 67 percent, twice as much as two years ago – “to the Lunchtime in downtown Munich You need a lot of luck to find a free charging station for your electric car,” sums up Ludwig Hohenlohne, Managing Director of Charging Radar (source: Edison Media).
The example shows two problems that the further expansion of the charging network faces: highly frequented charging stations and busy times, when a particularly large number of people want to charge their electric cars. The latter could not only be achieved through increased expansion, but also improve through price incentives. Tesla, for example, already offers cheaper kWh prices for its superchargers at certain times of the day.
After all, the mass of electric cars is not only distributed among the particularly full charging stations: Throughout Germany is the utilization according to Charging Radar at 13 percent at the slower AC charging stations and even only at 7 percent on fast chargers with direct current. The situation is only critical at heavily used charging stations.
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However, a look at the charging time makes it clear why a solution is needed: Even with fast chargers, the analysis is average 46 minutes standing time per electric car. At normal public charging stations, e-cars even last 202 minutes on average. So there must be enough charging points, because hardly anyone can wait that long. At heavily used charging stations on the A7, Charging Radar occurs on average with 5,000 measured charging processes 7 to 10 minutes waiting time until a charging point becomes free again when the battery is fully utilized.