Federal government sets pace for expansion of charging infrastructure

Federal government sets pace for expansion of charging infrastructure

Moving Germany forward in terms of electromobility is the idea behind the government's "Master Plan for Charging Infrastructure II," which was presented yesterday at the Federal Press Conference by Transport Minister Dr. Volker Wissing and Johannes Pallasch, spokesman for the management team of the National Charging Infrastructure Control Center. The ambitious plans are intended not only to create a legal and technical framework for functioning and emission-free electromobility, but also to advance Germany to become the global lead market for electromobility.

The overall strategy includes the expansion of a nationwide, needs-based and user-friendly charging infrastructure to make electric cars more attractive. With 68 measures in the areas of: Promotion, empowerment of municipalities, area availability, power grid integration, charging on buildings and heavy-duty vehicles, the aim is to finally get some wind in the sails of the expansion of electromobility. The aim is to have one million public charging stations by 2030.

It won't work without digitization

Digitization is another keyword in the new master plan. Network expansion and more charging points alone will not be enough to fully develop the potential of the drive technology. Obtaining and using traffic data will be essential for needs-based charging planning. For the electrification of the transport sector to be implemented sustainably, data-driven and intelligent charging management must be integrated alongside the expansion of the charging infrastructure and the expansion and conversion of the power system, precisely where predictable logistical processes are to be found, such as in the transport sector, in company fleets or in residential complexes.

What role does on-demand charging management play in this?

Operators of charging infrastructures at residential complexes, company premises and in public transport can benefit in particular from on-demand charging of electric vehicles. The "Master Plan for Charging Infrastructure II" will improve the framework conditions to enable intelligent charging management using data from the power grid, charging stations, electric vehicles, buildings and PV systems. Data-driven energy and charging management is an indispensable building block for climate-friendly mobility.

What do the new plans mean for company fleets?

Not only will it become easier to invest in the expansion of charging infrastructure and sustainable self-generated electricity by reducing bureaucratic hurdles, but incentives for expansion will also be created through government funding. In the future, it will therefore be even easier and more attractive for companies to invest in the expansion of PV systems and to electrify their fleets. Bringing the two together symbiotically and controlling them through data-driven and demand-based charging management will make mobility more cost-effective, safer and more climate-friendly.

More about Masterplan II and what plans there are at the European level for zero-emission mobility can be read in German here.

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