Hamburg to expand its electric vehicle infrastructure

Stromnetz Hamburg has partnered with Australian company, Tritium, to expand its electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Published: Fri 14 Jul 2017

German distribution network operator Stromnetz Hamburg has awarded Australian electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure company Tritium a tender to construct 52 direct current EV charging stations over the next four months.

The chargers, which support both CHAdeMO and CCS fast charging standards, have been adapted in partnership with Stromnetz to comply with German regulations and retain their signature small footprint. Each will feature an 11 kW AC output. The units will be delivered by October this year.

The stations will have two outputs to charge 50KW and 11KW EVs simultaneously.

According to Paul Sernia, Tritium’s Commercial Director, the network operator is committed to growing its electric mobility network and wanted a fast charger that would function in its inner city environments. He said in a statement that a compliant charger has been developed to meet all the network operator’s functional requirements. In the narrow streets of Germany’s older city centres, the Veefil-UT can be installed on a standard pedestrian walkway without obstructing pedestrian traffic, pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Hamburg’s EV plans picking up speed

Hamburg is pushing ahead with its electric vehicle development at a rapid rate and is implementing practical solutions for the most important challenges that stand in the way of further growth, according to a company statement.

The city is placing more focus on the installation of rapid-charging stations and simplified user-friendly access via Smartphone apps. The city has also introduced an incentive to encourage EV adoption by offering owners free parking.  Hamburg is the first German city to adjust its parking fee regulations in favour of EV owners. The scheme, launched in 2015, will end 2020.

Germany’s wider EV plans

Hamburg’s EV infrastructure plans form part of Germany’s network plans. The European Commission has just approved Germany’s plans for an infrastructure network for charging EV’s across the country.

The plan, at a total cost of €300m over four years, will require that the electricity comes from renewable energy sources, with contracts awarded through an open tender process.

"Electric vehicles can provide real benefits to society by reducing harmful emissions and noise pollution. The German support scheme will encourage consumers and businesses to use electric vehicles," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement

"It will provide the necessary infrastructure in a cost-effective way in line with EU state aid rules."


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