There are more and more publicly accessible charging points for electric cars in Germany. Almost every third person is particularly efficient. But the level of coverage varies greatly from state to state.
In the first half of the year, the number of public charging points for electric cars in Germany increased by 13,302. In total, the Federal Network Agency counted 97,495 charging points as of July 1st, according to data published by it. The number of fast charging points grew by 4,110 to 18,577, almost twice as fast as the total number. In total, a charging capacity of 3.37 gigawatts is publicly available nationwide. That is 795 megawatts more nominal output than at the beginning of the year.
The number of public charging points has grown significantly in recent years. Since the beginning of 2018, it has increased almost ninefold – with absolute increases increasing from year to year. In 2022, the number increased by a good 23,500 – if the growth from the first half of the year continues, this value would also be exceeded in 2023.
At the half-year mark, the most charging stations were in Bavaria with 20,522, followed by North Rhine-Westphalia with 17,818 and Baden-Württemberg with 17,022. These three countries also showed – in the same order – the largest absolute increase in charging points.
According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority, 1.17 million purely electric cars were registered nationwide on July 1st. In purely mathematical terms, there were 12 pure electric vehicles for every publicly accessible charging point.
Level of coverage varies in federal states
However, this supply rate varies greatly depending on the federal state: it is particularly good in Saxony, where there are an average of 7.3 pure electric vehicles per public charging point, followed by Thuringia and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with 8.2 each and Saxony-Anhalt with 8 ,4. One reason for this is that there are comparatively few electric cars there. Their share of the respective car fleet is between 1.1 and 1.3 percent – that is only around half of the national average.
The mathematically worst supply is in Saarland, where there are 16.3 pure electric vehicles per charging point, although there too their share of the car population is below average at 1.9 percent. Of the three leading countries in terms of the number of charging points, Bavaria performs best with 10.8 electric vehicles per charging point. Baden-Württemberg has 11.3, while NRW has below-average coverage at 14.4.