E-car charging: Where are E-charging posts / cables?

With the doubling of charging stations in the infrastructure, more and more people are asking themselves how an e-gas station works and where an e-car is being charged. We say how a charging station is operated, where to find it and what the electricity costs.

The questions of how an electric charging station works and how to tap into electricity at an e-filling station could soon become relevant for many motorists. Not only is the electric motor more and more on the way, the network of electric charging stations is also growing steadily. Recently, innogy SE, Germany\’s leading retailer, received funding for the construction of 1245 new charging stations (equivalent to 2490 charging points) from the “Federal Charging Infrastructure Program”. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has approved the largest grant application so far. The funding is seen as a strong signal, as innogy SE already operates 4,600 charging stations in 635 cities and communities in Germany today. Of these, around 2,200 electric filling stations are publicly accessible charging points.

E-CAR CHARGING AT THE E-CHARGING STATIONS: HOW IT WORKS

The new e-charging stations and e-filling stations will be built in the four federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Rhineland-Palatinate. One focus is on the North Rhine-Westphalian Ruhr metropolises of Essen and Mülheim as well as Dorsten. They will cost a total of around 7.8 million euros and will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure under the Promotional Guidelines Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (LIS) with a total of around 3.1 million euros. The 22 kW charging stations are in public street space, so they can be used around the clock, seven days a week.

WHERE CAN YOU REFUEL EVERYWHERE AT E-CHARGING STATIONS?

In the meantime, Germany already has a very tight network of e-filling stations, which of course is a bit denser in metropolitan areas and big cities. E-charging stations from innogy SE will be built in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Rhineland-Palatinate, and RWE charging stations are now widely used, with a focus on West Germany. To find out which e-charging station is closest to you, you can try a variety of apps or the websites www.e-tankstellen-finder.com and www.goingelectric.de .

 

HOW DO I LOAD AT AN E-GAS STATION?

Charging with an electric car is a bit like the traditional fueling with diesel and gasoline. For the charging process, you first need a charging cable, which belongs to the equipment of an electric car. To refuel you also need the appropriate charging card of the electricity provider to unlock the corresponding charging station. At the beginning you have to hold the charge card in front of the socket with the car symbol to be identified and to gain access. Then you connect the car and the charging station with the appropriate charging cable. For this, the connections must be plugged into the appropriate sockets. Whether you first connect the charging cable to the car\’s outlet or the charging station is not relevant. The cable is automatically locked when the charging process is initialized and will not be released until the charging process has finished. The release is usually coupled to the central locking of the vehicle and after remote unlocking via remote control for a few seconds active. If the cable is not removed, the locking mechanism activates automatically. Thereafter, the plug is first pulled on the vehicle, then the plug can be removed at the charging station. To account for the charging processes at the charging points, the customer data, the beginning and the end of the charging process as well as the respectively accepted amount of energy are recorded and communicated to the customer. The release is usually coupled to the central locking of the vehicle and after remote unlocking via remote control for a few seconds active. If the cable is not removed, the locking mechanism activates automatically. Thereafter, the plug is first pulled on the vehicle, then the plug can be removed at the charging station. To account for the charging processes at the charging points, the customer data, the beginning and the end of the charging process as well as the respectively accepted amount of energy are recorded and communicated to the customer. The release is usually coupled to the central locking of the vehicle and after remote unlocking via remote control for a few seconds active. If the cable is not removed, the locking mechanism activates automatically. Thereafter, the plug is first pulled on the vehicle, then the plug can be removed at the charging station. To account for the charging processes at the charging points, the customer data, the beginning and the end of the charging process as well as the respectively accepted amount of energy are recorded and communicated to the customer.

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