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12,000 distribution boxes in Germany to be converted into EV charging points

09/03/2018
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The German telecommunications company, Deutsche Telekom will convert its distribution boxes to implement a plan to provide 12,000 electric vehicle charging stations. 
A Deutsche Telekom distribution box.
(A Deutsche Telekom distribution box- image via Websurfer83/Wikimedia Commons).

Some of the stations will be developed to perform as 500 100-kW fast-charging stations and the remaining will be level 2 charge points which have a charge rate of up to 22kW, filling an 80-mile battery in 3.5 hours. Whereas the fast-charging stations can fill a battery in 0.5 hours.  

It is believed that Germany has about 10,800 public charge points at the moment and the additional 12,000 stations are estimated to be operational by 2020. Telekom already has two prototypes of the new distribution boxes with charge points.

It is estimated that around 40,000 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in Germany until the end of September 2017. This shows around a 106% growth rate compared to the same period in 2016. In September 2017, 6,150 plug-in electric vehicle registrations were made in Germany, with persistent growth, representing an 84% annual increase. 

Some Nordic countries have already been using outlets for block heaters to charge electric cars. It is now getting more and more common for cities to install charge points in lamp posts.

London is implementing a plan to install EV charging stations inside street lamp posts to address the ever-growing problem of a lack of charging points. As a result, London’s Kensington and Chelsea Council has signed agreements with the independent energy technology company OVO and Berlin-based technology company, Ubitricity. 

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