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German EV charging points, power sales to take off

21 April 2021 - 09:24 By Reuters
The number of public EV charging points in Germany could jump tenfold by 2030.
The number of public EV charging points in Germany could jump tenfold by 2030.
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The number of public charging points needed by electric vehicles (EV) in Germany could jump more than tenfold and the value of the market for power sales could surge as much as 23% by 2030, researchers Boston Consulting Group (BCG) said on Wednesday.

Keen to cut emissions from transport by expanding the use of EVs, policymakers in Europe's biggest economy launched a 3 billion (roughly R51,695,200,000) scheme last November to support sales of EVs and related equipment.

There are now about 35,000 charging points available for EV users that seek public loading facilities in addition to workplace or home charging, BCG noted in the Germany part of a Europe-wide sector study.

Electricity sales for private and public EV charging needs put together are worth 300-500m per year (roughly R5,170,578,000 to R8,618,203,060).

But by 2030, the number of charging points could increase to 400,000 and annual sales values to 7bn (roughly R120,653,119,300), said Christian Wagener, one of the authors.

“A billion euros market is emerging, with attractive growth opportunities,” he said.

The report, “Winning the Battle in the EV Charging Ecosystem,” said owners of residences with private charging boxes were taking advantage and driving the initial rollout of EVs.

Later on, there would be a shift to more public charging as car users' behaviour patterns change.

By 2030, about 40-50% of power would be supplied by public chargers as opposed to one third at the moment, BCG said.

Rather than making targeted visits to petrol stations, EV users would combine opportunities for loading or topping up power with shopping or leisure activities.

Oil companies could play a big role in the shift, with conventional filling stations rethinking their offerings, while utility companies focus on digitising power flows and billing, to try to secure their space in the new set-up.