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Charging e-cars: Home, sweet electricity


One million charging points for electric cars should be created by 2030 in Germany, it wants the federal government. A study available to the SPIEGEL suggests that the needs of many drivers may be over.

The leaner charging infrastructure is one of the major barriers to the breakthrough of electromobility. Or not? A study seems to melt this iron principle of mobility now apparently: Amazingly, owners of electric cars use ordinary household sockets to power their vehicle. One-third can handle the usual plug-in connection of a maximum of 3.7 kilowatts. Most of them are happy with it, although there are much more powerful systems. This is the result of a study by the Karlsruhe Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI).

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The scientists asked 432 e-car owners how to load their car. Nearly 80 percent of them have a fixed parking space on their own residential property, so they regularly have a charging option. Correspondingly, more than half of the respondents load the car at home, and a quarter do so at the workplace. Twenty-one times a month, they hang their vehicle on the can, every one to two days. Three quarters use the car for routine routes, they cover an average of 33 kilometers each way.

Public pillars have hardly been used, they are "less important", according to the study. "The ability to load at home is a very important prerequisite for the purchase of an electric car," say the Fraunhofer researchers. Therefore, the policy should create the conditions that in apartment buildings or owner communities, the installation of charging facilities is possible in a simple manner, they demand.

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Source: spiegel

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