The planning team at the Leitstelle determines the demand for charging infrastructure nationally until 2030. To achieve this goal, we are working on a national expansion strategy for charging infrastructure, taking into account the interfaces with other alternative fuels. To this end, we will constantly monitor the activities of other relevant actors in the expansion of charging infrastructure.

The basis of the expansion strategy is the analysis of charging demand and needs by our own developed tool: StandortTOOL. Aside from needs, it is relevant to identify suitable properties so that these needs can be successfully met. Suitable sites can be reported in the site tool: FlächenTOOL.

In developing the expansion strategy, the traffic volume as well as the driving profile of various vehicle classes are considered. In addition to the charging infrastructure network for passenger vehicles, the development of the charging infrastructure network for trucks is also taken into account when determining demand. Through the preparation of and support for various projects, like for example a project for charging in urban districts, we answer questions about where and which type of charging infrastructure should be built.

Based on the development of the expansion strategy, the planning team supports the Leitstelle in the preparation for existing and future funding and financing programmes.


The StandortTOOL is our planning instrument for a Germany-wide charging infrastructure. We use it to determine the expansion requirements for charging points up to 2030.

On the basis of the mobility and charging behaviour, the StandortTOOL models the future demand for charging points. Data on mobility, transport volumes, socio-economics, number of vehicles and scientific findings on charging behaviour are examples of data incorporated into the model. The model divides Germany into a grid consisting of grid
cells with an edge length of 500 metres. The additional charging demand for each of the grid cells is indicated by the model, the results of which are represented on a map.

In addition to charging infrastructure for battery-operated vehicles, the planning of the expansion of the hydrogen refuelling station network is also possible using the StandortTOOL. Mapping the need for charging infrastructure for commercial vehicles will supplement the StandortTOOL  in the future.

Further information on the methodology and the data gathered can be found here.

The StandortTOOL  is used in the preparation of funding calls and financing concepts. For a specific area, it shows how high the demand for additional charging points is and where the use of funding instruments is sensible.

The StandortTOOL’s publicly-accessible website shows charging infrastructure needs until 2030 nationwide. It also depicts the amount of existing charging infrastructure, already granted charging points and the infrastructural demand over the coming years. Furthermore it offers the federal states their own, extended access in order to synchronise federal and state activities in the area of charging infrastructure.

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With the FlächenTOOL  (site tool) for charging infrastructure, we have created a digital information platform that provides an overview of potentially available sites in Germany for the installation of charging infrastructure.

Federal states, municipalities, municipal and other companies as well as private individuals have the opportunity to offer their property via the FlächenTOOL. The web application has been conceived so as to require no specialist prior knowledge.

Those looking for locations for the installation of charging infrastructure get an overview from the FlächenTOOL of potentially suitable sites and their features. Search results are filtered according to different attributes, such as zip codes, and direct contact can be made.

The platform can for example, be used to find suitable plots for upcoming funding calls as well as for the installation of the planned nationwide fast-charging network of the Deutschlandnetz. In this way the FlächenTOOL brings site supply and demand together and supports and accelerates the construction of charging infrastructure in Germany.

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Interaction of the TOOLS

As described, theFlächenTOOL shows charging demand using a top-down methodology. The main application of theStandortTOOL’s is the visualisation of heat maps of charging infrastructure needs for developing funding and financing programmes. The maps show in which areas the building of further charging infrastructure is needed in the next years. The StandortTOOL is primarily used by the Leitstelle and the BMVI. In addition, it supports the federal states and municipalities in integrating their local expansion plans into the nationwide charging infrastructure strategy.

The FlächenTOOL supports the findings of theStandortTOOL in that it registers suitable properties for the construction of charging infrastructure nationwide and brings together relevant stakeholders. In funding calls it supports the funding recipients to identify sites that are suitable for the planned projects. Even outside the funding call framework, investors can find appropriate properties for their projects with theFlächenTOOL. Because of the option to register/identify sites, theFlächenTOOL is directed towards federal states, municipalities and municipal properties, private individuals and companies.

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