Please detail the market opportunity for electric vehicle charging points relating to regulations in Germany which have been both proposed or enacted within the past three months as well as those set to go into effect within the next 12 months.

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Please detail the market opportunity for electric vehicle charging points relating to regulations in Germany which have been both proposed or enacted within the past three months as well as those set to go into effect within the next 12 months.

Hello! Thanks for your question about the market opportunity for electric vehicle charging points relating to regulations in Germany. The transport ministry intends for there to be a network of 15,000 charging points by 2020. Below you will find a deep dive of my findings on the results of that initiative.

We researched corporate websites, Government reports/databases, Trusted media sites for pending and recent market opportunities that will benefit the electric vehicle charging industry.

BACKGROUND

(On the 1st of March, 2017, the transport ministry in Germany started a Eur 300 million support project to put in place a network of 15,000 charging points by 2020. That is the date the government has set for its target of 1 million electric vehicles on the road.

Tax exemption for the first registration of pure electric vehicles in 2016 went from 5 years to 10 years. Employers receive a tax benefit as well from 2017 to recharge their private electric car or hybrid. The vehicles must be EV which is driven only by an electric motor or hybrid if rechargeable with a plug.

Historically, as of 2016, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority 11, 410 purely electrically driven cars were registered in Germany. This is down from by 7.8% from 2015. There was an initiative in the spring of 2016 of an EUR 4,000 buyers incentive (half of which was paid by the government and half by the auto industry). Hybrids, on the other hand,in 2016 there were 47,996 newly registered in Germany which was up 42.7% on the 2015 numbers. The buyer’s incentive in 2016 was EUR 3000.

JOINT VENTURE FOR 400 STATIONS

There is an initiative that started for the first quarter of 2017 with 4 major German automakers. The joint venture will build 400 charging stations along major highways and with a projected completion in 2020. The companies involved in this joint venture are Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW, and Ford Motor European division.

GERMANY’S E.ON

As of March Germany’s company E.ON submitted a proposal for more than 700 charging stations under the new program to promote electric charging pillars. The prerequisite for the government funding is the requirement the charging stations be operated using power from renewable sources.

TESLA

Tesla is looking to by the end of 2017 double the number of its Supercharger-Schnellladeplätze from 5400 to more than 10,000 worldwide. Also, 15,000 destination chargers should be placed by the end of 2017 in places where customers linger such as hotels and restaurants.

INITIATIVE FOR STATIONS IN THE HOME

There is a European Union initiative that would require every new or refurbished home in all EU countries to have EV charging points as of 2019. The draft directive started to be published late 2016, is to require all new buildings with parking, including apartment buildings, to have 10% of their space allocated with charging facilities.

ROAD TOLL

On March 24, 2017, the government in Germany refined a road toll to include environmental measures. Initially, in 2015, the road charging system applied to foreign drivers and the EU found this discriminatory. The European Commission cleared the draft law after changes were made to allow benefits to foreigners on short trips and those driving more environmentally efficient vehicles. Those that pollute less will pay a lower rate.

PILLARS OF PILLARS

On May 12, 2017, the Federal Council amended the ‘Pillars of Pillars’ which was launched by the Federal government in Germany. This measure permits a European standard and is designed to promote an unencumbered use of EV’s across Germany.

CONCLUSION

Although not a government regulation it is interesting to note that Royal Dutch Shell is starting to introduce battery charging points at some European petrol stations. Total is working in a similar direction as the area’s biggest oil groups respond to rising sales of electric vehicles. To wrap it up, there are a few companies taking advantage of government initiatives to roll out stations by 2020. In addition, we see tax benefits to the consumer, tolls to drivers with less efficient vehicles and initiatives to see chargers in new builds. Thank you for using Wonder! Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

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