EnBW, the energy company, has announced a doubling of its annual investment in fast-charging infrastructure to approximately €200 million. The company's ambitious goal is to operate approximately 30,000 charging points nationwide by 2030, a substantial expansion of its existing network. EnBW's current network, known as “Hypernetz,” already boasts 3,400 high-power charging points and operates on a €100 million annual budget, making it the largest fast-charging network in Germany.
The decision to double their investment is expected to intensify competition in the rapidly growing EV charging sector. EnBW sees fast-charging infrastructure as a fundamental component of a successful shift towards sustainable transportation. Colette Rückert-Hennen, a board member at EnBW, emphasized the importance of a dense and efficient public charging network, stating that it makes it much easier for drivers to choose electric vehicles.
EnBW is wasting no time in implementing its expansion plans. The company is set to commence construction on five new fast-charging parks in various regions of Germany in September. Locations include a site in eastern Bremen, a charging park in southern Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, and another in Bavaria, east of Nuremberg. EnBW is also planning two new sites in Rhineland-Palatinate. While the company has not disclosed the exact size of these five new facilities, they are expected to become operational later this year.
Further details about EnBW's expansion and infrastructure improvements may be unveiled during the upcoming IAA Mobility show in Munich, scheduled for next week. EnBW will showcase its “NextLevel Ladepark” concept at the event, emphasizing enhanced accessibility with barrier-free charging stations and a commitment to setting new sustainability standards in the industry. However, it remains unclear whether the five new fast-charging parks will be part of the “NextLevel” initiative.
Colette Rückert-Hennen emphasized the customer-centric approach to e-mobility, stating that all aspects of electric mobility must be intelligently interconnected. EnBW's presence at the IAA Mobility event aligns with the theme of “Experience Connected Mobility,” underlining their commitment to driving the transport revolution forward.