Electric cars: Charging in the Germany network should not cost more than 44 cents / kWh

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Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) has launched the tender for the electric car charging stations in the so-called Germany network. 1000 fast-charging locations with several charging points are to be created nationwide. Companies will soon be able to apply to operate the locations.

The minister emphasized that charging must be possible anytime and anywhere in Germany and that the next fast charging station must be reachable in ten minutes. This is the only way to get people excited about climate-friendly mobility and to encourage them to switch from combustion to electric cars.

An important factor is the price at the charging station. “That is why in our tender we provided an upper price limit of currently 44 cents per kWh, which is below the diesel price”, said Scheuer. The price model is intended to ensure “that there are no harmful repercussions on the market that is developing in parallel and that users find fair prices at the same time”. The 44 cents per kWh were chosen from a market economy and climate policy point of view.

So far, fast charging at German charging stations can sometimes cost 49 cents / kWh or more. For this “advance notice” details for payment and billing have not yet been determined. So far, different modalities have been used to pay at the existing 34,000 charging stations and not always the individual kWh billed.

It was already known that this “Germany Network” is to be built by 2023. The first formalities have now been set. The Ministry of Transport has divided Germany into 900 search areas, which are divided into 23 regional lots in six regions. According to its own information, it supports the construction with 2 billion euros.

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These search areas specify a specific area, for example around a traffic junction. A fast charging location with at least four and up to 16 fast charging points should be created in each search area. The bidders must find and bring in suitable locations within these search areas. Regional operators as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), who can apply from September 15th, are addressed here.

The nationwide motorway lots include around 200 locations on unmanaged rest areas along the federal motorways. The aim is to provide the motorways with a seamless charging infrastructure. Starting in autumn, companies that are active throughout Germany and Europe should apply here.

Audi Q4 e-tron

Peak power 125 – 220 kW

Continuous output 70 or 77 kW

Battery capacity 55 kWh gross (Q4 e-tron 35) or 82 kWh

Max.charging power direct current 100 kW (Q4 e-tron 35) or 125 kW (at certain Ionity charging points)

Max.charging power alternating current 7.2 kW (e-tron 35) or 11 kW

Range (WLTP) 306 km (e-tron 35 min.) To 520 km (e-tron 40 max.)

Power consumption (WLTP combined) 17.0 (e-tron 35 min.) To 20.1 kWh / 100 km (e-tron 40 max.)

Top speed: 160 (e-tron 35) or 180 km / h

Boot space: 520 – 1490 liters

Basic prices (gross, as of July 2021): 41,900 to 53,600 euros
(Image: Audi)

When determining the need for search areas and their equipping with charging points, the existing fast charging infrastructure with an output of more than 150 kW was taken into account. The federal government also wants to set minimum technical requirements and quality standards at the locations of the fast charging network and ensure that they are adhered to.

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