Frankfurt officials unveiled a new project to deploy over 280 electric car charging stations around the city’s urban parking lots. The sustainable mobility project’s goal is to provide a refueling option for the typical drive into Frankfurt.
The increased number of electric vehicles prompted the decision to enhance the charging infrastructure. According to city officials, approximately 10% of all automobiles in Frankfurt are hybrid or electric, with the trend indicating that this figure will continue to rise. A total of €1.4 million will be spent on the project. The project will begin with a request for tenders during the first half of 2022, and charging stations will be operational by 2023.
Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly practical for city journeys.
Notwithstanding their carbon efficiency, one of the major drawbacks of electric cars is their long charging time and limited range. Depending on the vehicle model and the charging station, a complete battery charge may take up to 7 hours.
Driving ranges typically range from 200 to 400 kilometers, with most electric vehicles falling closer to the lower limit. The weather has an impact on this as well, as winter cold and summer heat can degrade lithium battery efficiency. Consider what would happen if you forgot to charge a car before heading into town.
Fortunately, this is precisely the scenario that Frankfurt officials want to avoid. As per their data, the average time spent in city center parking garages is two to three hours. Fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles can typically be recharged using enough electricity to get them home during this period. The charging points will be distributed throughout the city in 11 garages, spanning a large area. Each one will have a 22-kilowatt charging capacity.
The initiative was created in collaboration with Mainova, a significant German regional energy provider that provides power, gas, heat, and water to at least 1 million people. The charging station expansion, as per CEO Constantin Alsheimer, was planned with a needs-based strategy in mind, with usability and convenience as top priorities.
EV transition faces two challenges: home charging and workplace charging. They’re not difficult to solve. Homeowners and businesses will have no excuse not to deploy EV chargers if charging stations become more economical and come with government subsidies or tax incentives.
Building additional public charging stations or even charging networks in regions where the general public can utilize them instead of home charging will be the main priority for governments and industry.