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

The National Centre for Charging Infrastructure collects and analyses data from charging points that are funded within the scope of the BMDV’s funding programmes. The data is collected in accordance with the reporting obligation associated with the receipt of funding support for charging points within the terms of certain funding programmes.

The data includes information on installation and commissioning as well as core and operational data on the funded charging points already installed. It is collected via the “OBELIS” online platform (Online-Berichterstattung Ladeinfrastruktur – in English: Online Reporting Charging Infrastructure). OBELIS is divided into two different areas:

The data collected on the charging infrastructure is evaluated by the National Centre for Charging Infrastructure in order to incorporate findings on the status quo as well as recognisable developments into demand planning and the future structuring of the charging infrastructure expansion.

Should you have any questions regarding OBELISöffentlich or OBELISgewerblich, do not hesitate to contact us at obelis@now-gmbh.de

OBELISöffentlich

OBELISöffentlich is the online platform for submitting reports on subsidised publicly accessible charging points. In order to fulfil the reporting obligation, the funding recipients report the commissioning of the subsidised charging points and subsequently submit reports twice a year during the minimum operating period of 6 years. The half-yearly reports include one-off information on the core data, which can be updated in the following six months if necessary and otherwise only need to be confirmed as being up to date, as well as the operating data, which is uploaded in the form of a file with the charging processes that have taken place.

Deadlines for the half-yearly reports:

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

Details on the data that is queried in OBELISöffentlich can be seen in the PDF file entitled “Datenabfrage OBELISöffentlich.

Further information on reporting in OBELISöffentlich and tips on how to use it can be found in the quick guide and the FAQ.

In the event that your electrics specialist does not have their own standard commissioning protocol for the initial installation of your subsidised publicly accessible charging point, this template can be used.

OBELISgewerblich

OBELISgewerblich is the online platform for reporting on the subsidised non-publicly accessible charging points in the “Ladestationen für Elektrofahrzeuge – Unternehmen und Kommune” (“Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles – Companies and Municipalities”) funding programme (KfW 439 or KfW 441). To fulfil the reporting obligation, the funding recipients report their investment locations in operation, providing the core data of their funded charging stations installed there. Once the information is complete, the reporting ID is displayed, which is required in the KfW funding portal for the payment of the funding support. In addition, the amount of energy charged per investment location is queried every six months, whereby the start and end dates of the recording period for the kilowatt hours can be flexibly defined. Optionally, a file with the charging processes that have taken place can also be uploaded if the supported charging station is connected to an IT backend or has a local function to export the charging processes that have taken place in the form of a file in spreadsheet format.

Details on the data that is queried in OBELISgewerblich can be seen in the PDF file entitled “Datenabfrage OBELISgewerblich.

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.
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      Further studies will follow

    Downloads

    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)

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