Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of Economy, Transport, and Innovation officially inaugurated Hamburg’s first civic harging station for electric vehicles on Monday, 13 April 2015. The charging station in the district of Uhlenhorst is located on the grounds of the TOTAL petrol station at Mundsburger Damm. By late 2016, users of electric vehicles, will find 600 public charging stations in Hamburg. 70 charging stations will allow powerful DC fast-charging. Wigth the fast-charging network, services providers such as taxi companies will be able to operate their business emission-free
New Payment Options
New for owners of electric cars is the additional possibility to access to the charging stations even without a contract. They will be able to unlock the charging station via SMS and will be charged via their mobile phone bill or pre-paid credit. According to the Hamburg Senate, another convenient payment option via smartphone app is also in preparation.
The public charging points are installed, operated, maintained and serviced by the public utility company Stromnetz Hamburg GmbH, which meanwhile also sets up a platform to control all charging points with advanced IT.
Including charging points in all seven districts, the e-charging master plan is to be implemented quickly. So far, users of electric vehicles have access to 142 public charging points in Hamburg’s urbanised area, with 100 of them located right at the roadside. Currently, there are 1,250 electric cars in use in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.
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