Number of charging stations: growth is not keeping pace with e-cars

The number of e-cars is growing and the number of charging stations is not keeping up

The number of public charging stations is increasing, but that of e-cars is growing faster! The result: more and more cars have to share a freely accessible charging station, shows a VDA study.

The actual number is likely to be a little higher because the charging station map only lists charging stations from operators who have completed the notification procedure of the Federal Network Agency and agreed to publication on the Internet. But the fact remains: on average, 17 electric cars share one charging station. In November 2020 there were 13, a clear deterioration in the charging infrastructure.

Vattenfall wallbox in the AUTO BILD edition

The VDA ranking puts the number of e-cars in 400 cities and districts in relation to the existing charging infrastructure. In Saxony it looks best: 9.9 e-cars share a charging station. In Hesse, however, 19.9 e-cars “jam” per charging station.

Ranking: This is how many e-cars share a charging point


9.9 e-cars per charging point (15,141 vehicles at 1,532 charging points)


10.1 e-cars per charging point (6,831 vehicles at 677 charging points)


11.2 electric cars per charging point (9,621 vehicles at 861 charging points)


11.2 electric cars per charging point (3,520 vehicles at 313 charging points)


11.9 e-cars per charging point (14,367 at 1,212 charging points)


12.6 e-cars per charging point (4,989 vehicles at 395 charging points)


13.0 electric cars per charging point (19,853 vehicles at 1,526 charging points)


13.7 e-cars per charging point (11,161 vehicles at 815 charging points)


13.8 e-cars per charging point (18,197 vehicles at 1,323 charging points)


14.0 e-cars per charging point (111,619 vehicles at 7,978 charging points)


14.6 e-cars per charging point (62,353 vehicles at 4,261 charging points)


15.5 e-cars per charging point (25,470 vehicles at 1,648 charging points)


16.9 e-cars per charging point (106,120 vehicles at 6,272 charging points)


17.5 e-cars per charging point (5,470 vehicles at 312 charging points)


18.3 e-cars per charging point (124,389 vehicles at 6,811 charging points)


19.4 e-cars per charging point (49,067 vehicles at 2,535 charging points)

The VDA charging network ranking is based on data from the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) on the number of charging points in German districts and cities as of April 1, 2021 and the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) on the number of cars and e-cars (BEV and PHEV) as of January 1, 2021.

Hildegard Muller

VDA President Hildegard Müller calls for a faster expansion of the charging infrastructure.


Hildegard Müller, President of the Association of the Automotive Industry, criticized BILD am SONNTAG: “The expansion of the charging infrastructure on public roads is picking up speed. But while almost 60,000 new electric cars are registered in Germany every month, the number of publicly accessible charging points is only growing by almost 1000 per month. That is not enough. We need around 2000 new charging points per month. ” Germany is thus far from the forecast demand at public charging points. It will open 440,000 to 843,000 quantified in the study “Charging infrastructure after 2025/2030 – scenarios for the market ramp-up” (for reading) by the National Charging Infrastructure Control Center. Client: the Federal Ministry of Transport.

Central charging station register required

Private charging stations have not yet been recorded centrally. Therefore, VDA boss Müller demands: “In addition to the publicly accessible charging points, we urgently need a central register for private charging points, for charging points at the workplace and in retail. This is the only way we can get a complete picture of the charging infrastructure in Germany and the expansion can be driven forward in a targeted manner . ” According to forecasts, four fifths of all charging processes will be carried out at home in the future native Wallbox take place with cheaper car electricity tariffs or at work.
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City ranking: Salzgitter is ahead

The VDA report also provides the first city figures. After that, Salzgitter is a pioneer: 349 e-cars share 110 charging stations (3.2 per station). Weimar brings up the rear with only 25 charging stations for 1,842 e-cars (73.68 per station).

The last in the ranking was the total number of public charging stations Berlin With 1694 freely accessible charging points clearly ahead. The capital is followed by Munich (1310), Hamburg (1226) and Stuttgart (616). The VW city landed new in the top 10 in fifth place Wolfsburg (467), which recorded an increase of around 1500 percent within a good year. Occupy the following places Essen (398), Regensburg (283), Hanover (278), Karlsruhe (261) and Cologne (260). This ranking is based on the charging station register of the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW) (as of early March 2021).

E-car demand is skyrocketing due to purchase bonuses

Electric charging station charging column

There are rules in parking lots with a charging facility, for example on how long you stay at the charging station.


Stronger than the increase in public charging points (this helps against charging column blockers) and the great demand for wallboxes funded with 900 euros rose the number of registered electric cars in the past months increased strongly. The main reason for this is that increased e-purchase premium. According to figures from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), the first quarter of 2021 exactly 64,694 electric cars newly registered, an increase of almost 150 percent compared to the first quarter of 2020. The market share of all-electric cars rose from 3.7 to 9.8 percent. Means: That too Bedarf of charging current for electric vehicles has grown significantly – a trend that is likely to continue.


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