BY CONTINUING TO USE THIS SITE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO OUR USE OF COOKIES. REVIEW OUR
COOKIE NOTICE

Register with us today

and in less than 60 seconds continue your access to:Latest news headlinesAnalytical topics and featuresCommodities videos, podcast & blogsSample market prices & dataSpecial reportsSubscriber notes & daily commodity email alerts

Already have an account?

Log in to register

Forgot Password

Please Note: Platts Market Center subscribers can only reset passwords via the Platts Market Center

Enter your Email ID below and we will send you an email with your password.


  • Email Address* Please enter email address.

If you are a premium subscriber, we are unable to send you your password for security reasons. Please contact the Client Services team.

IF you are a Platts Market Center subscriber, to reset your password go to the�Platts Market Center to reset your password.

In this list
Electric Power

Germany's Deutsche Telekom to build electric vehicle charging network

Agriculture | Electric Power | Natural Gas | Oil

Market Movers Europe, Nov 19-23: Oil supply, price volatility in focus

Electric Power

Platts M2MS-Power

Commodities | Electric Power

Utility Supply Chain Conference

Electric Power

Cold snap-driven supply pressure sends shockwaves across Europe

Germany's Deutsche Telekom to build electric vehicle charging network

Highlights

Focus on existing telecom grid, 500 fast-chargers

Utilities currently operate 75% of EV chargers

Future EV charging business models still uncertain

London — Germany's leading telecoms company Deutsche Telekom plans to build a nationwide charging network for plug-in electric vehicles using existing telecommunications infrastructure.

Not registered?

Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience.

Register Now

The company plans to fit its roadside cable distribution boxes in urban areas with separate power supply and metering points, a spokeswoman for Deutsche Telekom told S&P Global Platts.

"This sustainable use of existing infrastructure will help avoid additional structures in the cityscape," she said.

The first charging points have been launched in Bonn and Darmstadt.

The company would not comment on investment volume or costs as the upgrades to the grey on-street distribution boxes depend on local planning approvals from relevant councils.

Separately, the company plans 500 fast-charging stations over the next three years. These are next to publicly accessible Telekom locations and are therefore easier to plan, the spokeswoman said.

Those points will offer up to 150 kWh, enabling a vehicle to charge for around a 100 km range in 10 minutes, the fastest charging option currently available in German cities, it said.

CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE, BATTERIES KEY TO EV ROLL-OUT

The number of EV charging points in Germany has more than doubled since 2016 to reach 13,500 this summer, utility group BDEW said in its half-yearly report in September.

Special Report -- Blockchain for commodities: Trading opportunities in a digital age

S&P Global Platts explains the technology, examines the projects, and looks at the challenges and opportunities ahead as blockchain enters a critical development phase.

Launch the report

Utilities currently operate three out of four charging points with many still severely under-utilized as sales of EVs remain sluggish and Germany only expected to hit its 1 million EV target by 2022.

The government launched a Eur300 million ($340 million) support scheme to install a nationwide network of charging points by 2020.

Government, auto industry and the utility sector agree that the charging infrastructure is key for the mass roll-out of EVs.

The other key issue for EVs, battery supply, will be in focus next week with the German government planning to unveil a major initiative to support domestic battery production and energy and economy minister Peter Altmaier chairing a so-called "battery summit" on Tuesday in Berlin.

--Andreas Franke, andreas.franke@spglobal.com

--Edited by Maurice Geller, newsdesk@spglobal.com