Users see electric mobility as an integrated offering. The NPE’s fields of activity reflect this perspective and include vehicle technologies, energy and the environment, urban planning, norms and standards, information and communication technologies and education and training. The interfaces between the topics are wide-ranging, with highly qualified experts developing innovative vehicle technologies, and information and communication technologies being used to produce customer-friendly payment models for charging. Through research and development, science and industry are creating the basis for an attractive offering. Ultimately, it’s the satisfaction of and acceptance by users that counts, and that’s why the NPE is promoting these topics.
Most users charge their vehicles at home. Long-distance drivers charge on the road, using the current infrastructure of about 7,407 public charging points for standard charging, therof 292 fast charging points (as of March 2017). This provides the basis for the rising number of electric vehicles. Users do not need to worry about using the correct connector. In future, every charging point in the European Union and every vehicle from European manufacturers will support the Combined Charging System, enabling users to perform standard and fast charging.
Most of the charging infrastructure – 85 percent – is currently found in the private sector. Reliable planning for all stakeholders is ensured by integrating electric mobility into building law, residential property law and tenancy law. Adjustments to tax law are also necessary to ensure, for example, that employees can also charge their vehicles at work without being disadvantaged.
The number of publicly accessible charging points is set to grow with the number of electric vehicles. The NPE has calculated that 70,000 public charging points and 7,100 fast charging points – which support long journeys along motorways, for example – will be needed by 2020. These charging points need to be easy to find, reliable, accessible at all times and simple to operate. Other factors include easy payment, for example by smartphone or EC card. Apps and navigation systems guide users to the nearest charging points.
In the “SLAM fast charging for major trunk roads and cities” project, companies are working with universities to drive forward the expansion of a fast charging network throughout Germany. The aim is to install up to 600 CCS charging points with uniform access and billing systems by 2017.