E-charging stations in the Test

Munich, 24. May 2018

The great electric car-rolls-wave: by 2019, the German manufacturer want to conquer with specially designed Streamers to the mass market. So far, So good. But what about the public charging structure in Germany? The automobile club, the ADAC, has now taken 53 load pillars under the magnifying glass. Especially in the case of the consumer-friendliness of major weaknesses still show.

Thus, it was tested

In notes terms, this means: A Time there was the rating of "very good", 29", good" 17 times "sufficient." Six charging stations were very poor. A total of 53 test stations in and around Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart were visited in the summer and autumn of 2017, with two commercially-available BMW i3. The vehicles were equipped with the European connections of the type 2 and CCS. The contracts for the receipt of the required access media in the Form of a RFID-card/Chip or the access data to the App on the mobile phone have been completed without the operator on the Tests.

Winner in Sindelfingen

What makes a good charging station, the test object at the Hans-Thoma-Platz 4 in Sindelfingen, Germany. Only in the Test with the rating "very good". The Station was also listed in all major directories. In addition to customers of the operator of EnBW are also customers of other providers have been able to load current. The informative Website displayed, among other things, whether the column is occupied or broken. The EnBW electricity price per unit on both the charging station as well as in the App, the loaded amount of energy and the amount that is payable to the father of the Store in the App. In the column, the number of staffed around the clock Hotline was specified, the load points were marked with an ID number. The location was easily visible and illuminated.

Six Total Failures

The Situation is quite different in the two columns of the operator of Bavaria factory in Munich. The veterans from the early days of e-mobility were hardly to be found, and it lacked, among other things, basic information on the charging column. At the three loading stations of the provider Vattenfall in Berlin and Hamburg, as well as one of the Stadtwerke hall in Merseburg in Leipzig, the experts of the ADAC could not download due to technical reasons. All six stations were rated as "very poor".

Lack Of Transparency

Deficiencies were found especially in the case of price transparency. The operator-price per unit was not usually indicated on the charging column, but only over the Internet or an App in experience, as well as the per load amount to be paid. In the case of ten stations, the customer had no Overview of the costs incurred and had to wait for the bill.

Spontaneously store? Wrong!

Also, anyone who wants to spontaneously recharge power, can be everywhere currently. At twelve stations, the Charge was without any access permission not possible. Anyone who searches on the websites of the operators for accurate information, especially in the technical equipment of the pillars is not always successful. Here are the data for the load power of missing a rare. The addresses were usually given correctly, but the Tester had to look for often. Because two-thirds of the charging columns were visible in the street space only. Many Parking lots were rather small or close to the flow of traffic.

And let stand

The Parking duration also proved to be a Problem: she was rarely limited. In most cases, said a sign, or merely an inconspicuous clause in the contract with the operator, that a vehicle should only be for the duration of the charging in the Parking lot. However, this is not to control. Signage and design of the charging stations could be significantly upgraded.(rh)