The leading charging infrastructure companies will be present at Power2Drive Europe from July 21 to 23, 2021 at Messe München as part of The smarter E Europe.

Munich / Pforzheim, March 4, 2021 – The public charging infrastructure in Europe continues to grow rapidly – in 2020 by 35 percent compared to the previous year. The Netherlands leads the top 5 countries with more than 66,600 public charging stations. France overtakes Germany with more than 46,000 installed charging stations (2020: around 44,700), followed by Great Britain. This is based on data from the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO). Private wall boxes are also more in demand than ever, so that financing in Germany was topped up for the second time within a very short period of time. The leading charging infrastructure companies will be present at Power2Drive Europe from July 21 to 23, 2021 at Messe München as part of The smarter E Europe.

For electromobility to be widely accepted, users not only need a wide range of affordable electric vehicles, but also a reliable charging infrastructure that covers the whole country. This is essential for the purchase decision and thus for the ramp-up of electromobility. Public subsidies and an intelligent tax policy are driving electromobility and the expansion of the charging infrastructure in Europe. In the Netherlands, for example, not only is sales of e-cars booming – more than 66,600 public charging stations have already been installed, which is more than anywhere else in Europe. According to EAFO statistics, three battery electric vehicles (BEVs) share a charging point here.

France recorded particularly rapid growth in 2020: With the strongest growth in Europe compared to the previous year of 55 percent, according to EAFO data, France now has a little more than 46,000 public charging stations – around 2,500 more than Germany. Growth will continue and electric mobility will receive a strong boost as part of the Corona economic stimulus package “France Relance”. The French government is making two billion euros available for purchase and scrapping premiums and for expanding the charging infrastructure by the end of 2022.

Public fast charging stations: Germany in first place

Germany is number one in Europe when it comes to public fast charging stations: 7,456 are already in place. In total, there were around 44,700 public charging stations in the country at the end of 2020. In relation to the number of BEVs, this means that seven e-cars in Germany share one charging station. If plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are included, the number is up to 13 vehicles. There is a need for action.

At least ten times as many charging stations as today – between 440,000 and 843,000 – would have to be installed in Germany in 2030. This is the result of the study “Charging infrastructure according to 2025/2030 – scenarios for market launch” by the National Center for Charging Infrastructure (on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, BMVI). The number depends both on how many private charging stations are available and how busy the public infrastructure is, as well as on the behavior of the drivers and the use of charging stations with fast charging stations. “It is estimated that over 80% of the charging process takes place at home and at work. Ideally, the user can even combine charging with a purchase for daily needs. Retailers have recognized this attractive opportunity for customer loyalty and are already investing there,” says Markus Emmert, board member of the Federal Association for eMobility, in an expert interview by Power2Drive Europe “The right to charging infrastructure”.

In addition to the expansion of the public charging infrastructure, the federal government – and also individual federal states and municipalities – is promoting the installation of private charging stations, but ties this to future-oriented conditions such as the controllability of charging solutions and the use of electricity from renewable energies. And the demand is enormous: in just three months there have already been 300,000 applications for private wallboxes. The Federal Ministry of Transport has now followed suit and will finance a total of 444,444 charging stations. Since the end of 2020, the federal government has also been simplifying the installation of a charging option for electric vehicles for apartment owners and tenants by implementing the EU directive on the energy efficiency of buildings and the law on the ownership of apartments and permanent right of residence (WEG).

Actors in the energy transition and the mobility transition exchange ideas and experiences

Intelligent charging solutions for private and public areas, electric vehicles and solutions for e-fleets will be presented at the international trade fair Power2Drive Europe from July 21 to 23, 2021 at Messe München under the motto “Charging the future of mobility”.

Both the Federal Association for eMobility (BEM) and AVERE, the European Association for Electromobility, support Power2Drive Europe. It reflects the interaction between electric vehicles and a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy supply. There is great interest, leading manufacturers such as EVBox, Keba, The Mobility House, Webasto, Schneider Electric, Alfen, Mahle and ChargeHere are already represented.

Within the innovation platform Das smarter E Europe, in which Power2Drive Europe takes place, the actors of the energy and mobility conversion come into contact, present innovative concepts and show the ever closer links between the electricity, heating and transport sectors.

Further information on Power2Drive Europe 2021 can be found on the Internet at www.PowerToDrive.de.

About Power2Drive Europe

Power2Drive Europe is the international exhibition for charging infrastructure and electromobility. Under the motto “Charge the future of mobility!” Power2Drive Europe is the ideal meeting place for manufacturers, suppliers, installers, fleet and energy managers, dealers and start-ups. The exhibition highlights innovative solutions for sustainable mobility and approaches for their integration into the power grid. Exhibitors and visitors alike benefit from the synergy between renewable energies, storage systems and innovative mobility concepts. Power2Drive Europe takes a look at current global market developments, shows the potential of electromobility and reflects the global connection of electric vehicles with a sustainable energy supply. Meet new customers, catch up with your existing customer base and forge new business relationships with key decision makers in the industry.

Power2Drive Europe is part of The smarter E Europe – the continent’s largest platform for the energy industry. The energy fairs Intersolar Europe, ees Europe and EM-Power Europe will also take place at the same time. Power2Drive Europe is organized by Solar Promotion GmbH and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik and Messe GmbH & Co. KG (FWTM). Power2Drive Europe will take place from July 21 to 23, 2021 at the Munich Exhibition Center. www.PowerToDrive.de

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