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Highest number of charging stations located in Hamburg

Over 800 charging stations put Hamburg in lead - German states lag behind with infrastructure

Hamburg has with 774 charging stations the highest in any German city, according to a survey by the Federal Association of the Energy and Gas Industries (BDEW) and announced in a press release Monday (October 24th). Berlin follows with 628 and Stuttgart with 402. Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hesse are the leading states in terms of charging stations followed by Hamburg in fifth position. BDEW’s survey took account of charging stations in public spaces and in private areas such as multi-storey parking lots or outside supermarkets.

More charging stations than cars

Germany has nearly 11,000 public charging stations compared with around 99,600 fully or partially-driven electric cars meaning there are around nine vehicles per charging station. “That shows that the energy sector has made massive advance payments in the charging infrastructure and is boosting climate-friendly drive technology even though low numbers of electric vehicles make it uneconomical to operate the charging stations. The automobile industry must follow suit and finally launch e-cars on the market at prices and with performances that appeal to a broader group of buyers,” said Stefan Kapferer, Chairperson of the Executive Board of BDEW.

Hamburg emphasising electric mobility

Grids must be prepared to boost electric mobility and should be expanded or strengthened in some regions, experts say. The potential of digitalisation must be used consistently and the use of smart technology and software to manage the grids would reduce expansion needs. Hamburg has many start-ups in the sector and the city would be an ideal testing for this new technology. The city is also promoting e-mobility with a broader charging infrastructure amid rising energy requirements for electric vehicles and the public bus network.

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