Energy companies in Germany are tapping government funds for a major expansion of e-car charging stations this year, according to information obtained by Handelsblatt.
The Swedish power company Vattenfall plans to build between 400 and 800 charging stations in Germany this year. Up to this point, Vattenfall has installed just 110 stations in Germany.
The utility EnBW plans to build 234 additional charging points at 117 stations in cooperation with the rest stop company Tank & Rast this year. E.ON plans to add 250 charging stations to its current stock of 100.
Market leader Innogy, a spinoff of RWE, declined to provide concrete numbers, but said it would also tap into government funds. “Innogy will submit bids for a very large number of charging stations across Germany,” a company spokesman said.
The federal government has created a €300-million ($318 million) fund to accelerate the expansion of e-car charging stations in Germany. There are currently 6,500 public charging stations in Germany.
In addition to the major power companies, many of Germany’s 900 municipal utilities are also eligible to apply for the funds. “I am convinced that many of our members will soon submit applications,” said Sefan Kapferer, the managing director of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries.