Record allocation: 1,245 new charging stations at innogy
innogy wins largest funding allocation from government for new charging stations
Largest German charging network to double number of public “fuel stations”
Locations in a total of four of Germany’s federal states
It is a good day for Germany’s drivers and for e-mobility: innogy SE, Germany’s leading charging network operator, is to receive funding to install 1,245 new charging stations (equal to 2,490 charging points) from the “Bundesprogramm Ladeinfrastruktur” (federal programme for charging infrastructure). In taking this step, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has approved the largest application for funding to date. Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary Secretary at the BMVI will hand over the funding allocation to innogy SE in Belin today.
Barthle: “With our notice of funding, innogy SE can further expand its offer to set up charging infrastructure by 2,490 charging points. Thus, innogy SE is playing its part in building confidence among drivers that they will be able to charge their vehicle anytime and anywhere. This is an important step towards ensuring an open approach to technology when we are advancing with the transformation towards e-mobility: more mobility, fewer emissions.”
“We are delighted that policy-makers are fully on board in promoting this large-scale infrastructure project. The expansion of the charging network is the key prerequisite for the success of e-mobility. We at innogy will therefore continue to prioritise the expansion of e-mobility in Germany. This funding makes a strong statement and is confirmation of our pioneering work.”
In Germany, innogy already operates 4,600 charging points in 635 cities and districts, around 2,200 of which are publically accessible.
“With our network of charging stations for electric vehicles, we are already market leader in Germany. With the government funding for 1,245 charging points, we will more than double the size of innogy’s charging network. We promised our customers and the people of Germany that we would promote climate-friendly e-mobility – and we are keeping that promise.”
The new charging stations will be installed in the four German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Rhineland Palatinate. Special focus will be placed in the North Rhine-Westphalian Ruhr region cities of Essen and Mülheim as well as Dorsten. The stations will cost a total of around €7.8 million and will be funded to the amount of around €3.1 million by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of the Förderrichtlinie Ladeinfrastruktur für Elektrofahrzeuge (charging infrastructure funding directive for electric vehicles - LIS).
“Our new 22-kW charging stations will be installed in public street spaces and can be used 24/7. Technically, the innogy charging stations even go beyond the conditions set in the funding programme: for maximum transparency, billing for charging is designed to be compliant with calibration law. innogy is currently the only company that offers this.”
In addition, all new charging stations will be integrated into innogy’s innovative IT backend so that they are interconnected. This makes it possible to centrally manage services and offer convenient billing models to the end-customers.
In recent years, innogy has already laid the groundwork in this area. The goal: an electric vehicle should always be able to charge while it is parked. In collaboration with over 150 local government partners, the company has built a large interconnected charging infrastructure in Germany. The state funding from the transport ministry will now provide additional momentum.