US News: Tariff chaos at charging stations for electric vehicles - electricity is becoming more expensive

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Suppliers of charging stations for electric cars are continuously increasing their prices, so that electric mobility is hardly worthwhile for the consumer. The tariff chaos is favored on the one hand by a lack of demand, on the other hand by legal regulations.

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E-mobility is becoming more and more popular in Germany too, at least more and more electric cars are coming into circulation thanks to the federal government's funding program. The charging infrastructure in Germany is not yet sufficiently developed - the public charging stations still meet too few users, so that they would hardly be profitable for the operators, as the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW) comments on ntv. This problem is being shifted to consumers as the electricity tariffs for charging e-vehicles are becoming increasingly unattractive. At the beginning of 2020, the charging station operator Ionity started the trend and raised the costs to 79 cents per kilowatt hour for all those who are not contract customers. This results in a price of 16 euros per 100 kilometers and thus exceeds the cost of a gasoline vehicle per kilometer. As a result, other operators followed suit - despite a great outcry among consumers - and also raised special tariffs significantly, according to the experts at ntv.

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Regulations influence the market

As the analysts of the news magazine WELT report, the anger often does not stop with the high regular charging costs of many operators. For example, some charging station operators only allow complicated payment methods or offer confusing charging tariffs. The operator EnBW charges a penalty fee that can cost up to 12 euros after a charging time of more than four hours. These circumstances have already forced some e-car owners to switch back to a conventional gasoline engine. And that's only because charging station operators are not yet benefiting from the car electricity business. As the BDEW explains, the around 33,000 charging points in Germany would only pay off economically from 550,000 fully electric cars, although in Germany only around 50 percent of them are in traffic.

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However, EU Directive 2014/94 / EU stipulates that there are only 10 e-vehicles for each charging station, which makes every charging station hardly possible, explains the BDEW.

Electricity providers could offer complete packages

In view of the negative cost calculation of the charging station operators, increasing charging costs can also be expected in the future, even if the operators found other ways of making business with the pillars more profitable. There is, for example, the option of binding customers to your own company and selling both home power and e-car charging power to customers via a collective agreement.

One example of this is the provider Ionity, which attracts consumers to its charging stations in a different way. The company belongs to a community consisting of BMW , Daimler , Volkswagen , Ford and Hyundai - consumers who drive a vehicle from one of these manufacturers receive discounted rates at Ionity's fast charging stations.

However, there is currently no end in sight to the chaotic conditions on the market for charging current. According to the Federal Network Agency, such fluctuations in tariffs and inequalities are normal at this early stage. Consumers can therefore expect further increases in electricity prices and other tariff adjustments in 2021. However, thanks to the funding, this is currently not affecting the sale of e-cars, as the Handelsblatt comments. According to a data collection by Statista, a total of 194,163 new electric cars were registered in Germany in 2020, while the new registrations in 2019 only added up to 63,281. Henry Ely / Editor

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