Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, launched the city’s 600th fast charging station “Drehbahn 13” Wednesday (October 18, 2017) and reaching the target outlined in the “2014 Masterplan”. Scholz noted: “Forward-looking solutions for urban traffic must use innovations and new technology. That includes e-mobility in particular. We are offering citizens a good means of switching to e-mobility now that 600 publicly-accessible charging stations are available.”
Next target – 1,000 charging stations
Recharging should be easy for users. “We have set standards with an access solution that has an open IT backend and can be used beyond Hamburg. The constantly rising number of users speaks for itself. As a company of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, we are delighted to be able to do our bit. We are already targeting our next goal of 1,000 charging stations,” said Thomas Volk, Technical Manager of Stromnetz Hamburg GmbH.“
Promoting e-mobility is key to the energy transition in Hamburg amid increasing charging infrastructure and rising energy requirements for electric vehicles and the public bus network.
More electric vehicles
A whole charging network is now available in Hamburg as part of the masterplan. Users can access recharging stations with a chip card or per mobile phone app. A total of 160,000 charging cards can be used to access the infrastructure.
Charging procedures have risen from around 3,000 per month initially to 5,900 in September 2017. Around 2,387 electric vehicles now travel the streets of Hamburg as well as 1,000 from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. At least 1,000 charging stations will be available in Hamburg by 2019 and another 150 charging stations will be set up at switch locations for e-car sharing vehicles.
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