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Charging infrastructure

Whereas vehicles with combustion engines require a network of fuel stations where they can top up with fuel, battery electric vehicles require a network of charging points at which they can recharge their batteries. These can just as easily be conventional domestic socket outlets such as wall boxes or charging stations. Charging infrastructure is the collective term used to refer to all private and publicly accessible charging opportunities for electric vehicles.

A lack of public charging points for electric trucks

The publicly accessible charging infrastructure in Europe at the end of 2020 included some 200,000 charging stations, of which around 21,000 were in Germany. So far, only a fraction of the public charging stations in Europe are suitable for electric trucks and buses, since they don’t have the high-performance chargers required for their rapid charging. The leading manufacturers of electric commercial vehicle fleets joined forces in the summer of 2021 and intend to build and operate a public European high-performance charging network for electric long-distance trucks and coaches.  

The publicly accessible charging infrastructure in Germany at the end of 2020 included some 21,000 charging stations. Yet only a few of these are suitable for e-trucks or e-buses. (Source: Federal Network Agency – Bundesnetzagentur)

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