The private “charging point” is turning into a key element in the development of electric mobility. And, as is already the case for electric vehicles, government funding is leading to rapid distribution.
Since July 21, German citizens have once again been able to secure a grant of 900 euros from the government for their own charging box. Because of the enormous demand, the funding has had to be extended by a further 300 million. This was also a matter of urgency, as the development of public charging infrastructure remains sluggish.
According to the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), Germany will need more than one million publicly available charging points by 2030. So far, however, there are only 44,000 slow charging points and 6,700 rapid-charging points in operation. In order to keep pace with the registrations of electric cars, there needs to be 20 times more fast charging stations available.
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) will therefore make an additional 500 million euros available by the end of 2025 with the reissued “Publicly available charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Germany” support program. Among other things, this will cover at least 20,000 DC charging points with a performance of more than 22 kW.
At home, however, the funding for AC wallboxes should solve this vexing problem. Household power outlets are not actually made for long periods of charging under high loads.
Wall-mounted charging stations, meanwhile, offer maximum security and high-performance charging—instead of the 2.3 kW offered by household outlets, they reach up to 22 kW. And thanks to the newly replenished grants from the BMVI, there is 900 euros from the state. The condition: The charging station must have a charging performance of 11 kW, it must be both intelligent and controllable in order to avoid critical situations in the network, and the electricity must come from 100% renewable energies.
This list from ADAC and E.ON clarifies what else to watch out for on the way to your own charging station.