The National Centre for Charging Infrastructure works in the capacity of a think tank on the subject of charging infrastructure: It collects and analyses data, publishes evaluations and general information on the construction and operation of public charging stations. A particular focus is on publicly accessible charging points funded within the scope of the BMVI’s funding programmes. Here, for example, the utilisation, costs for installation and operation as well as the charging tariffs for ad-hoc charging are examined in more detail by the National Centre for Charging Infrastructure. The data is collected as part of the monitoring and reporting via the  OBELIS online platform.

Facts & figures

The “Facts & Figures” section provides an overview of the expansion of the public charging infrastructure in Germany based on the data collected by the Federal Network Agency (“Bundesnetzagentur”). Moreover, the section shows how many normal and high-power charging points have received funding support and how many of these have already been set up.

OBELIS – Online Reporting Charging Infrastructure

The National Centre for Charging Infrastructure collects and analyses comprehensive data on publicly accessible charging points funded under the BMVI’s funding programmes. The data includes information on the installation of charging points as well as core data and operating data. It is collected via the „OBELIS“ online platform (Online-Berichterstattung Ladeinfrastruktur – in English: Online Reporting Charging Infrastructure). The core data query includes questions on location, accessibility, equipment and operation, grid connection, costs and the pricing model for ad-hoc charging. For the operational data, each individual charging session is gathered with a time stamp for start and end, as well as the amount of energy charged.


Reporting obligation related to the funding

The receipt of funding for charging stations under the BMVI’s funding programmes for publicly accessible charging infrastructure is subject to a reporting obligation. This includes reporting on the start of operation of all funded charging stations as well as the submission of semi-annual reports during the six-year minimum operating period of the charging stations. The data is evaluated by the National Centre for Charging Infrastructure as part of the accompanying research into charging infrastructure, in order to incorporate findings on the status quo and identifiable developments into demand planning and the future structuring of the expansion of charging infrastructure.

Initial operation

The initial operation of funded charging stations must be documented by means of a commissioning protocol. A possible template for the commissioning protocol is available for download on the website of the Federal Network Agency (“Bundesnetzagentur”).

Reporting of the initial operation

In order to fulfil the reporting obligation, funding recipients must submit twice-yearly reports after the commencement of operations of the funded charging stations by uploading a file on the charging sessions that have taken place and updating their core data, if necessary.

Transmission of bi-annual reports

Reporting deadlines:

  1. August (for the reporting period 01 January – 30 June)
  2. February (for the reporting period 01 July – 31 December)

For details of which data are requested within the bi-annual reports, please refer to the PDF file “Data request for bi-annual reports” (“Datenabfrage Halbjahresberichte”).

OBELIS online platform

The reporting of the initial operation and the submission of the bi-annual reports is exclusively conducted via the OBELIS online platform, which can be accessed via this link:

Contact for questions regarding reporting:

Studies & Publications

Position paper: “Easy charging: The charging experience as a user journey at public charging stations for electric vehicles now and in 2025”

The position paper is the first publication of the National Centre for Charging Infrastructure. It is the product of a series of workshops held in spring 2020 with automotive manufacturers and charging infrastructure operators, and serves as an important orientation for us. 

The paper describes the charging process from the user’s perspective at the present time and looks at the technological trends for the near future. The following developments are expected for the “user journey” in public charging in 2025:

  • Conducting the charging process from start to payment is simplified, mainly due to advances in communication between vehicles and charging stations. The charging time becomes more appealing to users due to the availability of shopping or entertainment opportunities in the vicinity of the charging station.
  • Improvements in support, especially through the higher penetration of digital remote maintenance.
  • Increasingly seamless integration of public charging into users’ everyday lives or route planning.
  • Enhanced navigation functions as well as the possibility to reserve the charging location.

Study “Charging infrastructure after 2025-2030: Scenarios for market ramp-up” commissioned by the BMVI and conducted by the Reiner Lemoine Institute under the leadership of the National Centre for Charging Infrastructure.

Overview of selected key findings:

  • The number of electric vehicles may increase significantly more by the years 2025 or 2030 than assumed today – this is indicated by confidential information from the car manufacturers surveyed. Up to 14.8 million battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids could be registered in Germany in 2030.
    • The need for publicly accessible charging infrastructure in 2030 is estimated at between 440,000 and 843,000 charging points. The number depends on how much private charging infrastructure is available and how busy the publicly accessible charging infrastructure is, but also on the charging behaviour of the users: If more charging hubs with fast charging points are used in the future, the demand will be significantly lower.
    • The calculations also show that the rigid ratio of electric vehicles to publicly accessible charging infrastructure of 10:1 is no longer appropriate. The study calculates a ratio of electric vehicles to publicly accessible charging infrastructure of 11:1 in 2021, rising to 20:1 in 2030. The reason for this is the better availability of private charging infrastructure and the increasing charging capacity of electric vehicles. The ratio for 2030 also varies depending on the location. For example, the study team determined a ratio of 14:1 for urban areas and 23:1 for suburban and rural areas.

      Further studies will follow


    Charging infrastructure after  2025/2030: Scenarios for the market ramp-up

    • Study commissioned by the BMVI (2020)

    Position paper: “Easy charging”

    • The charging experience as a user journey at public charging stations for electric vehicles now and in 2025” (2020)